8 Things to Do on Magical Moreton Island, Queensland
Only a 90 minute ferry ride from Queensland’s capital lies the third largest sand island in the world, Moreton Island. You’ve probably never heard of it and upon arrival could easily be mistaken for thinking you’ve arrived on a tropical island in the Great Barrier Reef.
Moreton Island delivers amazing scenery, massive sand dunes, glassy lakes, rocky outcrops, wild forest, beautiful beaches and a lonely lighthouse. You can choose your adventure here: relaxing oasis or wild adventure. Or perhaps a little of both.
Here are eight ways to experience the magical Moreton Island:
1. Snorkelling the Tangalooma Wrecks
The Tangalooma Wrecks are 15 sunken ships lying a short swim offshore. They were created to form a protective barrier for mooring boats. A beautiful underwater world of colourful fish, coral and wobbegong sharks is the by-product. Let the current move you along the shipwrecks as you explore this incredible man-made reef.
2. Transparent kayaking at night
Night kayaking around the Tangalooma Shipwrecks was like an eerie scene from the Pirates of the Caribbean. The silhouettes rise out of the ocean, your soft lighting casts an spooky glow over the cormorants sitting on the rusty bones of the ships hull watching your movements below. Underneath your transparent kayak are lights that illuminate the coral and fish below. This experience turns the coral from daytime lacklustre to nighttime vibrancy.
3. 4WD Tour of the Island
Moreton is almost completely sand with no roads, so a 4WD is necessary if you want to explore the island’s beaches, coloured sands and inland lakes. Highlights include Honeymoon Bay, Blue Lagoon, and the Cape Moreton Island, where you’ll likely see whales breaching when in season. Sunset Safaris offer 4WD tours of the island if you do not have your own vehicle.
4. Wild Dolphin Feeding
Every evening, a small pod of wild dolphins come to shore at Tangalooma Resort for a light snack. There are strict guidelines in place to ensure the safety of the dolphins, but there is an opportunity to hand-feed them. It’s an incredible experience, but bring your patience (or visit during the quieter days) as crowds can be big.
5. Quad Bike Riding
What better way to explore a sand island than on a quad bike? The guided ride starts from Tangalooma Resort and takes you up and down the sand dunes and back down to the beach. There are magnificent views of the ocean and the Tangalooma Wrecks along the way.
6. Extreme Sand Boarding at The Desert
Climb the world’s tallest coastal sand dune, ‘The Desert’, and then hurtle down the slopes, at up to 60km/hr on a sand toboggan. It’s exhilarating, even though you may end up with a mouth full of sand. The kids will love this! You can organise tours with Tangalooma Resort or do it yourself.
7. Marine Discovery Cruise
A much tamer experience, yet equally mind-blowing, is the two hour discovery tour of Moreton Bay. Coasting just a short distance off-shore and past the wrecks we saw dugongs, dolphins, stingrays, turtles, sea snakes, and sea eagles. It’s an abundant wildlife experience and one for the kids to love. It’s the first time I’ve seen dugongs in Australia and we saw five of them!
8. Sunset with Champagne and Nibbles
Pull up a patch of sand, pour yourself a glass of bubbles, and nibble on some cheese and crackers. Experience the amazing show of a spectacular Moreton Bay sunset over the ocean. What a way to finish your day exploring this well-kept Brisbane secret!