Camping on Moreton Island

by Krisztian on April 28, 2012

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.

Cruise terminal for the Micat Cruise to the Moreton Island

Cruise terminal for the Micat Cruise to the Moreton Island

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.

Approcahing Moreton Island

Approaching Moreton Island...

As we were getting closer the wrecks got even cooler :)

Moreton Island Ship Wrecks

It got better as we got closer...

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 ground on Moreton island at the Ship Wrecks

Camping ground on Moreton island at the Ship Wrecks

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.

Camping just a few steps away from the Coral Sea

Camping just a few steps away from the Coral Sea

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 :D

Sliding the sand dunes

Sliding the sand dunes

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…

Finding a dune to slide is not difficult on Moreton Island

Finding a dune to slide is not difficult on Moreton Island

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.

A close up of the ship wracks

A close up of the ship wracks

From the top of the costal dunes...

From the top of the coastal dunes...

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.

A pelican walking by

A pelican walking by...

Fishing is over, let's get dry

Fishing is over, let's get dry

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.

Bottlenose dolphins at sunset

Bottlenose dolphins at sunset

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…

Good morning Moreton Island

Good night Moreton Island

Sunrise over the ship wracks on Moreton Island

Sunset over the ship wracks on Moreton Island

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.

Time to go home

Time to go home

This magnificent island is so close to Brisbane, so make sure you schedule it in for a visit. You won’t regret it.

 

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Daivam Hincky May 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Okay you are right, I really love Moreton Island myself. Don’t get to go as often as I’d like to though :D

Heading there this weekend though, so just looked up a info on the ferry and come across your site. Nice pictures, can’t wait for tomorrow morning to get there.

Daivam

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Pet May 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Thanks for sharing your story, very helpful for everyone else planning to go to the Island.

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Krisztian May 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm

No problems Pet, it’s good that you found the post helpful. Thank you for stopping by.

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Alex May 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Great site, Keep it up. New way, old way, it still FREE. Lovin it!

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Krisztian May 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Hey Alex, thanks for stopping by and for the comment. Happy to see that you’re loving the site. There is more to come :)

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Simon May 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Great Post! The diving off Moreton Island is world-class too. Have spent many a day out on the bay.

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Jimbo May 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm

thanks for sharing ur views with wonderful images…….

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Daniel May 18, 2012 at 3:54 am

I love to go snorkeling and scuba diving and this looks like it would be a beautiful place to do that. Is the water fairly warm most of the time or is it to cold to do these things? You have some really beautiful pictures of the water and you can really tell how clear it is there. Are there any sharks that frequent this area?

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Andrew June 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Ive been living here for years and I still havent done it. I know friends who go out scuba diving there and havent talked of sharks but bad shark encounters are so rare I wouldnt worry about it.

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Marcus May 18, 2012 at 5:52 am

How did you find this place? It almost looks like the island that Captain Jack get stranded on in Pirates Of the Caribbean. I wonder if any movies have been shot here because it is definitely pretty enough scenery for it. I am going to have to look into visiting here and see what it would set me back, although I do feel it would be worth it.

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Jason May 19, 2012 at 2:33 am

I love to camp, I have sense I was a kid and my parents would take us to the lakes in the summer. I’ve been hiking and camping in the mountains and I’ve been to the beaches before but this is to beautiful to pass up. I’m going to have to go and check it out as soon as I get some time off from work. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us.

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John May 20, 2012 at 1:54 am

That is truly a beautiful place and the water is so clear I can’t believe it. What kind of ships are those that are sunken? You can’t really tell if they were fishing boats or actual ships from the pictures. I would love to go there and see the sea turtles that is one wildlife creature I have not seen yet. And feeding the dolphins would be out of this world cool.

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Kerry June 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm

This blog is really getting some cool camping stories from around the world!

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Tom June 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

This is simply awesome camping! I gotta keep coming back.

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Stephen June 20, 2012 at 7:11 am

Fantastic post! keep em coming

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