Well, Moreton Island is a perfect weekend escape for anyone living or visiting Brisbane or any other locations in South East Queensland.
It is about 58km northeast of Brisbane and it takes about 75 minutes on the the Micat cruise departing at the port of Brisbane. It is so close to Brisbane and a great example of how cool Queensland is. Less then 60 km away from the beautiful metropolitan Brisbane, you find yourself in a paradise.
The cruise is fun and you have great chances to see sea turtles, dolphins or even whales if you are lucky. We saw a couple of sea turtles in our recent trip. It was absolutely awesome, however approaching the island is a stunning experience on it’s own, as the ship wracks are providing an incredible scene. There are 15 sunken shipwrecks in the turquoise waters as a welcoming scenery of arriving to this magnificent place.
I have took some pictures as we approached the island, so you can also see the beautiful turquoise water with the wracks.
As we were getting closer the wrecks got even cooler
Moreton Island is one of the biggest sand islands on earth. 95% of the island is National Park and it is a very popular destination for four wheel driving and
camping and snorkeling.
After we arrived we set up our tents real quick on the nominated camping site that is very close to the water and have a great feel to it.
Moreton Island is famous for its massive size sand dunes that are claimed to be the highest stabilised sand hills on earth. There are a few big ones and the highest is 280m high. They are a nice walk away from the camp ground at the wrecks. The walk takes you through amazing eucalyptus forest paths and you will most likely come across some tourists with four wheel drives having a great time. There is also a bus service that takes you to the dunes and pretty much around the island, but we did not used that, we choose to walk and it is a really beautiful walk.
The sand dunes are a lot of fun for sure. We had a great time sliding down the dunes and laughing at each other falling off the board
However, if you are not up for a long walk to the dunes, you’ll find perfect opportunities to have a go at some dunes right beside the camp ground as well. We had a great time there as well and the advantage is that you can have a swim afterwards getting rid off all the sand you accumulated…
The scenery is incredibly beautiful all around the island, pretty much everywhere you go… The ocean is beautiful as well as the sand dunes and eucalyptus forests. Below are some pictures I have taken during the time we were there.
The wildlife is very up close, you are basically surrounded by them everywhere you go on the island. I guess by now it is impossible not to fall in love with Queensland.
The super cool thing about Moreton Island (among all the other cool things) is that you get to see wild bottlenose dolphins at sunset. They get fed at the Tangalooma Resort and if you wish you can join the small crowd and hand feed these amazing creatures.
This is a fantastic experience and you should definitely give it a go while you are there.
We indeed didn’t miss out on this unique opportunity and had a fantastic scenic walk back to the camp ground as the sun was settling… I captured a few shots of the way back…
The trip was obviously absolutely awesome and I would highly recommend visiting Moreton Island for anyone. We found the camping very good and even though we went in late autumn, we had a fantastic time and was not cold. Next time we might take the camper trailers and the four wheel drives and stay a little bit longer.
It wasn’t long when the Micat Cruise showed up and it was time to go back to Brisbane.
This magnificent island is so close to Brisbane, so make sure you schedule it in for a visit. You won’t regret it.