Moreton Island Reviews
An island paradise Aug 15, 2010
Moreton Island is 40km off shore from Brisbane
The island is classed as remote as in:
1) There are no tarmac roads
2) There is no medical facility on the island
3) There are very limited supplies - 3 shops on the island offer expensive supplies
4) The island can be traversed by 4WD only
5) Campground showers are 'cold'
6) Water from campgrounds has to be treated before use. Solar showers are a great investment as is a fresh supply of water brought over to the island with you.
7) Fuel is only available from Bulwer General Store. It's best to take your own.
However, if you are prepared to pay the $200 ferry crossing you will be met with an island paradise which is well worth the visit.
Accommodation on the island is centred around the Tangalooma Resort, private houses and camping.
We opted for the camping option and stayed at the Blue Lagoon campground. For $10 a night, we had a sea view to die for, basic facilities on hand and were conveniently placed for trips up the island to Cape Moreton or across to the Western beaches.
In terms of things 'to do' we found there was sufficient for 4 days and discovered many beautiful places. Must dos are:
1) Visit Cape Moreton and see the light house perched on the headland as well as turtles swimming in the blues seas below
2) Sit above the red cliffs and spot hump back whales as they migrate to warmer waters (April to October)
3) From North Point campground, take the walking track to Honeymoon Bay. It's a quiet cove with a walking track across North point to reveal rock pools and a long expanse of beach .
4) Walk up Mount Tempest for 360 views of the island.
5) Time your visit to the wrecks on the Western Beach so that tide is at its highest or lowest. Listen to local information about the rips. Strong swimmers often swim across for superb snorkelling just off the beach. Tangalooma do tours to the wrecks but you can save money by taking your own snorkel and fins.
6) Visit the desert and remember to take a piece of ply wood with you - if staying at Tangalooma Resort you can pay to go on tours to see the desert and sand toboggan... if you camp then a 40cm x 120cm piece of ply will be a great bring along item to whiz down the sand hills.
7) From the Blue Lagoon campgroud, visit the Blue Lagoon. It's clear waters are inviting and the sand strip of beach is ideal for lazy afternoons in the sun.
8) Watch the sun set on the Western Beaches over Moreton Bay and appreciate the sun rise over the Eastern Beaches...
9) The island is a mecca for fishing and if many a fisherman, woman and child enjoyed the fruits of the sea during our stay.
10) Enjoy the relatively tame 4WD tracks around the island. Plan your trip around the tides and DON'T attempt the Kooringal to Tangalooma trip up the beach unless you have local advise that it's passable.
11) Visit Honey Eater Lake and sit back on the viewing platform listening to the birds and enjoying the view.
Unlike Fraser Island which is much bigger with more 'attractions' Moreton is less hectic, laid back and quietly understated. However, this relatively untouched island is just a stone's throw from Brisbane and can be visited on a one day tour, for a few days or longer - if you remember to come prepared!
Note to campers and 4WD visitors
Camping permits (www.smartservice.qld.gov.au) and vehicle passes are a must on this island (www.epa.qld.gov.au/parks/iaparks/gds/IAGDS050.jsp?quickParkId=2).
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