Moreton Island stands out for its untamed forests, sandy beaches, enormous sand dunes and shimmering lakes. It’s an outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination with famous diving spots, fishing and wildlife habitats.
Things to do in Moreton Island
Popular activities on Moreton Island include sandboarding and sand tobogganing on the towering dunes. Look for spots along Little Sand Hills, Bid Sand Hills and The Desert. You can rent waxed boards and gear at stands in the main beach areas.
Offshore, the adventures go deep at dive sites, such as the Tangalooma Wrecks, a collection of sunken boats with vibrant coral and tropical fish. You can also see humpback whales, dolphins and turtles from Cape Moreton, home to the island’s 19th-century lighthouse. Bring a picnic and watch the sunset over the Glass House Mountains.
Small island townships offer quaint dining experiences, such as the thatched-roof Castaways restaurant in Bulwer. Go early for breakfast or lunch with locals and the angler crowds. In Kooringal, don't miss trying fresh island oysters and seafood from the Toulkerrie Oyster Farm or the Gutter Bar.
You can also reel in your own fresh seafood straight from the beach or join an expedition for deep-sea and reef fishing. Looking for land adventures? With a myriad of salt marshes and tidal flats, bird-watching is a prime activity with a chance to see at least 18 different bird species and thousands of seasonal migratory birds.
Getting around Moreton Island
Moreton Island is 40 kilometres offshore from Brisbane, reachable by boat, ferry or barge. Almost the entire island is sand, so four-wheel-drive vehicles are necessary for getting around. You can rent them on arrival or use a licensed Transfer Service to get around.