Moreton Island

Moreton Island is a large sand island, 36 km long, covering 17,500 ha, only 35 km off Brisbane forming the eastern boundary of the Moreton Bay Marine Park.

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Moreton Island is 98% National Park protecting its unique vegetation, wildlife, freshwater lakes and streams and its magnificent coastal sand dunes.

There are 3 townships located on the western side of the island each providing a different experience and facilities.

Bulwer is a holiday village geared to deal with the travellers who arrive on the island and require food, bait and supplies. There is a small convenience and liquor store (licensed), taxi service, public phone and bait and tackle shop at the northern end of the township.

Cowan Cowan is a quiet residential township with several places to stay, mainly holiday houses and fishing cabins. The township has no through traffic in town and a vehicle free beach making it a popular spot for families with small children. It was originally established as a military camp in 1938 and housed approx 1000 soldiers during the military occupation of Moreton Island. Remains of military buildings such as gun emplacements and forts can still be seen on the beach in front of Cowan Cowan and are a reminder of Australia’s involvement in WWII.

Kooringal is famous for The Gutter Bar and Toulkerrie oyster farm. The village consists of a number of private holiday homes and a few fishing clubhouses scattered along the beachfront and separated by sand tracks and Island vegetation. This township has its own airstrip and is serviced by a vehicular barge that runs from Amity Point on North Stradbroke Island.

Tangalooma is famous for the Tangalooma Island Resort (formerly known as Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort) but now there are private homes located atop the hill behind the resort. The resort was the site of Queensland’s only whaling station, with humpback whales being harvested on their annual migration north between 1952 and 1962, The flensing plan of the station still exists as part of the resort.

Most people access the Island via ferry. Ferries for vehicles and passengers run daily.

  • Amity Trader ☎+61 487 227437, . From Stradbroke Island to Kooringal. 20 min transit, day return from $20.
  • MICAT Ferry ☎+61 7 3909 3333, timetable. From Port of Brisbane (Brisbane River southside) to Tangalooma Wrecks. Daily in peak periods, twice on Fridays and twice on Sundays. No service on Tuesdays in off-peak period.
  • Tangalooma Island Resort ☎+61 7 3268 6333, . From Pinkenba (Brisbane River northside) to Tangalooma Resort. 3-4 runs daily. Return Day Cruises and Guest accommodation transfers.

It is possible to travel in your own vessel, although there are no public mooring available at Moreton Island. Tangalooma Wrecks can be a safe anchorage.

One of the most enjoyable ways to visit Moreton Island is by four wheel drive (4WD) vehicle. 4WD vehicles are essential for driving on the island. All vehicles must be registered and have a valid Moreton Island Recreation Area vehicle access permit.

For those who do not have a 4wd there is a 4WD Taxi Service ☎+61 7 3408 2261, on Moreton Island, based at Bulwer that can take you anywhere in the National Park or to accommodation at Tangalooma or in the townships of Bulwer and Cowan-Cowan.

See dolphins, turtles, dugongs, plenty of fish life

  • North Point has “The Champagne Pools” a natural ocean pool hollowed out amongst the rocks,
  • Honeymoon Bay
  • The Cape Moreton Light House
  • Blue Lagoon a natural fresh water lake
  • The Tangalooma and Bulwer Wrecks deliberately sunken ships form incredible artificial reefs, featuring an abundance of marine life and good snorkeling.
  • Tangalooma Island Resort was originally established as a whaling station
  • Cowan Cowan a coastal defence bases from World War II has relics as a reminder of Australia’s involvement in WWII
  • Bulwer provides panoramic views back to the mainland and the Glass House Mountains.
  • The Grave sites still standing after over 100 years from people passing through the bay.

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