Explore rocky headlands, lagoons and sandy bush tracks in a four-wheel drive, snorkel through shipwrecks, and discover old forts and ancient remnants of Aboriginal culture.
Discover Brisbane's own slice of paradise, complete with sandy beaches, serene lagoons, tall sand dunes and an abundance of marine life and wildflowers. Drive or hike along the coastal tracks to absorb the history of this island's rich heritage or camp out on an isolated beach and go fishing, diving or snorkelling.
Covered by rolling dunes, heath and forest, and flanked by the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea, Moreton Island is sparkling with natural beauty. Dive in to discover the rusty wrecks of old ships at Bulwer, Tangalooma and, a little further out, Flinders Reef. Explore the remnants of coastal forts, relics from World War II, or go sand boarding down the steep dunes in the centre of the island.
Historically and culturally rich, some 2,000 years ago Moreton Island was home to an Aboriginal clan known as the Ngugi. Large mounds (or middens) of cockles, periwinkles, oysters and whelks are located around the island confirming that the Ngugi people had a settlement here.
On the northern tip, follow the Cape Moreton Circuit. It leads to Queensland's oldest lighthouse, built in 1857 by convicts. You can't enter it, but the site is a good vantage point to spot marine life in the clear waters below. Dugongs, turtles, dolphins and sharks can be seen here regularly and, if you visit between June and November, you may even see humpback whales breaching close to shore. Visit the interactive information centre near the top to learn more about the island's biodiversity.
Pack sunscreen, water and food and hike to the long trail to the Mount Tempest lookout. Reaching up to over 280 metres, you will be rewarded at the top with stunning panoramic views of the island, Moreton Bay Marine Park and, on a clear day, the ragged peaks of the Glass House Mountains on the mainland.
Moreton Island National Park is a 75-minute ferry ride away from Lytton in the Port of Brisbane. You can pay extra to drive your four-wheel drive onto the ferry, or go on foot. Boats can't dock on the island, but you can throw out an anchor near the ferry landing on the island. Permits for driving and camping on the island must be bought from Queensland Department of National Parks should you wish to camp or drive on the island, so check the website for more details before your visit. Since there are not many shops and cafés on the island, it is advised to bring all the supplies you need for the duration of your stay.