Discover Moreton Island with Keiran Lusk
Located only 25km from Brisbane (Queensland), Moreton Island is the third largest sand island in the world. This beautiful island paradise is mostly national park and is a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. To explore this amazing island, you will either need your own 4WD vehicle or can join one of the many 4WD tours on offer. Check out the tours on this page or visit ToursToGo.com for a full list of all Moreton Island tours. To help you get started with exploring Moreton Island, here is a list of 10 beautiful spots to discover and photograph.
1. The Wrecks
One of the most iconic and popular spots on the island, The Wrecks are located on the western side of Moreton Island, just north of Tangalooma Resort. Dating back to 1963, The Wrecks are made up of 15 old barges and vessels that were sunk to create a safe harbour for boats. It’s a great place for scuba diving and snorkeling but beware of very strong currents between the beach and The Wrecks. The vehicle ferry from Brisbane lands on the beach near The Wrecks. A terrific place to discover with the camera.
2. Mt Tempest
Mt Tempest is regarded as the world’s tallest vegetated sand dune. The view from the 280 metre peak of Mt Tempest is nothing less than breathtaking. Gaze back across the waters of Moreton Bay to the city of Brisbane. On a clear day, you can even see the Glasshouse Mountains to the north of Brisbane. This 2.2km return walk is a steep ascent with many steps. Allow a couple of hours to complete. A great place to photograph the views and the beautiful island flora including flowering banksias and iconic grass trees.
3. The Bulwer Wrecks
Located approximately 10km north of The Wrecks on the western beach is the small island township of Bulwer. Three large vessels were scuttled just off the beach here in 1930 to form a small boat harbour. These wrecks have disintegrated over the years but are a lovely photographic subject on a calm sunny day. Take care and do not walk on these badly corroded structures.
4. Little Sandhills
Explore the pristine sand dunes of Moreton Island and enjoy stunning views of Moreton Bay at Little Sandhills. Located on the western beach and approximately 14km south of Tangalooma Resort, this is one of our favourite places to discover with a camera.
5. Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon is a wonderful place to enjoy a freshwater swim on Moreton Island. The best time to photograph this island jewel is on a calm day or when the winds are blowing lightly from the south-east. Blue Lagoon is located on the eastern side of the island (approximately 15km from The Wrecks via Middle Road and the eastern beach).
6. Mirapool Lagoon
Located at the south-eastern end of Moreton Island, Mirapool Lagoon is a special protection zone and hosts a large variety of migratory wading birds each year. This salt water lagoon is great to photograph on a calm day. Vehicle access to the special protection zone is allowed at low tide only.
7. Yellow Patch
At the northern end of Moreton Island, Yellow Patch is located on the beach between North Point and Heath Island. The area boasts an ever-changing beachscape of lagoons and sand banks. Definitely one of our favourite places for sunset on a calm day. Gaze across the waters of the northern entrance to Moreton Bay and admire the silhouettes of the Glasshouse Mountains at sunset.
8. North Point
The northern most tip of Moreton Island, adjacent to a grassed family-friendly campground. The beach at North Point usually features a few nice gutters or a low tide lagoon, making it a nice place for the kids to swim and play. Take a wander around the rocks at North Point, take a dip in the pools at Champagne Rocks or just relax and wait for the sunset show. A great place for photography.
9. Honeymoon Bay
A hidden jewel at the northern end of the island. Nestled just around the corner from North Point, this beautiful beach is a fantastic place to relax or explore with the family. Avoid swimming here, as the currents are very strong and unpredictable near the rocks. From Honeymoon Bay you can see the Cape Moreton lighthouse in the distance.
10. Cape Moreton
Built in 1857, the Cape Moreton lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in Queensland. In the early days, Cape Moreton was home to three lighthouse keepers and their families. At one stage, there was even a teacher, a school and a post office at Cape Moreton. The lighthouse is fully automated now but still operational. Take a walk up to the lookout and watch for humpback whales passing by close to the Cape. There is also an Information Centre (open every day) at Cape Moreton.
Getting to Moreton Island:
- Moreton Island Adventures operate the Micat vehicle ferry between Port of Brisbane and The Wrecks.
- Tangalooma Island Resort operate a passenger ferry between Pinkenba and Tangalooma Island Resort.
Things to do and see on Moreton Island and nearby places
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