About Moreton Island
On scenic Moreton Island, discover a sandy 18,500ha, 38km-long island wilderness fringed by kilometres of white sand and a national park scattered with freshwater lagoons, heathland, eucalypt woodland and more than 180 species of birdlife.
Be pampered at the beachfront 4-star Tangalooma Island Resort – the perfect spot for a honeymoon, beach holiday or romantic getaway.
Things to do and see
Follow a network of trails on foot or by four-wheel drive to see the ancient shell middens of early Aboriginal settlers and the remnants of a World War II fort scattered among the dunes.
Hike to the summit of Mount Tempest (280m), the highest coastal sand hill in the world, and be rewarded with 360-degree views of the island and, on a clear day, the Glass House Mountains.
Or head to the northern tip of Moreton Island to see Cape Moreton Lighthouse, the oldest operating lighthouse in Queensland, offering sweeping views over the island and the perfect perch for viewing marine life such as dolphins, sharks, turtles and whales (from June to November).
Watch honeyeaters feeding on banksia flowers at Honeyeater Lake and look out for some of the 50,000 migratory waders that reside on the island between September and April each year, including the eastern curlew, the little tern and the grey-tailed tattler.
At other times, watch out for pied oystercatchers and the red-capped plovers, two of the more common resident waders on Moreton Island. Snorkel the Tangalooma wrecks and Flinders Reef and dive Curtin artificial reef to see colourful reef fish, sea turtles and dugong.
Camping is available on Moreton, but to take advantage of a full range of holiday activities – including hand-feeding a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins – stay at the Tangalooma Island Resort.
This 4-star resort offers a range of holiday accommodation options and is nestled alongside an old whaling station on a long palm-fringed crescent of white sand facing Moreton Bay.
Getting there – Moreton Island is located 40km from Brisbane on the eastern boundary of Moreton Bay, an easy 75-minute cruise from Brisbane aboard a high-speed catamaran.