Moreton Island: the gem of South East Queensland

Take the big blue ocean path across Moreton Bay from Brisbane and hit Moreton Island to explore beaches, gaze at starry night skies, and enjoy memorable four wheel drive adventures.

Story: Peter ‘Spida’ and Sheree Everitt

Moreton Island delivers incredible scenery, massive sand dunes, crystal lakes, tropical forest, picturesque beaches and a single lighthouse high on the point. If you like four wheel driving, this island is the place for you.

Just 40 km offshore from Brisbane, Moreton Island one of Australia’s largest sand islands. Just a quick ferry ride from Brisbane, Moreton is an unspoiled paradise for people wanting a four wheel drive holiday or adventure, go fishing and enjoy nature.

Moreton is a place where the crashing of the waves sets the pace for your day, and all that’s left to do is relaxing. With stunning camping sites around every corner, the island is sure to impress.

Access is via the MICAT ferry which takes both passengers and vehicles. We took an off-road camper trailer with us, so accommodation and transport were all sorted. Moreton Island has camping sites dotted all over the island in beautiful settings.

If you don’t have camping gear, there are plenty of other accommodation options available. You can also stay in the Tangalooma Island Resort, hire a private beach house or stay in a B&B.

Snorkeling around the shipwrecks,located close to shore and an easy swim, is a must. The water is crystal clear and the sand is pure white. It makes for great snorkeling and scuba diving.

Moreton Island won’t disappoint four wheel drive enthusiasts. The roads are all sand, so it’s a fun filled day of adventure as you explore the island. Driving around the island ensures you will meet like-minded people who love the adrenalin rush of this fun and adventurous destination. It’s a great laugh helping people who are stuck and it forces you to mingle and meet others. Be nice and help everyone you come across, as you just might need the favour returned around the next corner.

Next time you are travelling, break your journey with a long weekend on Moreton Island.

Travel tips

  • There are shops for general grocery items at Kooringal, Bulwer and Tangalooma.
  • There are no banks on Moreton Island but The Bulwer Store and Tangalooma Resort have EFTPOS and there is also an ATM located at the Tangalooma Resort.

Fast facts

  • While James Cook named the main headland on the island Cape Morton in May 1770, it was at that time assumed to be part of the mainland. The current spelling came about because of a clerical error later.
  • Up to 330 Aboriginal cultural sites have been recorded on the island and include shell and bone scatters, large shell middens and a stone quarry.

Check out more of Peter ‘Spida’ and Sheree Everitt’s adventures on The Great Australian Doorstep. You can catch them on radio on Sundays at 6am on the Triple M Network or on television, Saturdays at 2.30pm on Channel 7Two.