10 beautiful spots on Moreton Island

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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.

 

The-Wrecks

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.

 

 
Mt Tempest

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.

 

 
Bulwer-Wrecks

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.

 

 
Little Sandhills

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.

 

 
Blue-Lagoon

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).

 

 
Mirapool Lagoon

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.

 

 
Yellow-Patch

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.

 

 
North-Point

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.

 

 
Honeymoon Bay

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.

 

 
Cape-Moreton

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.

 

 

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Things to do and see on Moreton Island and nearby places

Moreton Island Day Trip from Brisbane or the Gold Coast Including Kayaking and Sandboarding | Brisbane, Queensland

$139.00 Book now

Travel to Moreton Island from Brisbane or the Gold Coast for a full day of fun in the sun. Your guide takes you by 4WD vehicle along the sands to Tangalooma Wrecks, where you'll see incredible coral reefs on snorkel ...
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2-Day Moreton Island Tour from Brisbane or Gold Coast with Optional Nighttime Kayaking | Brisbane, Queensland

$269.00 Book now

Visit Moreton Island for an amazing 2-day experience of diverse activities on one of the largest sand islands in the world. With an experienced guide, you'll explore the island, from the surreal Tangalooma Wrecks to the oldest lighthouse in Queensland ...
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2-Day Moreton Island 4WD Camping Tour from Brisbane | Brisbane, Queensland

$299.00 Book now

Explore Moreton Island in two-days. Travel by 4WD from Brisbane, enjoy pristine beaches, snorkeling ship wrecks, sand tobogganing on giant sand dunes and overnight camping. This Moreton Island 4WD camping tour is pure fun and will leave you with plenty ...
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Moreton Island Snorkel and Sand Boarding 4WD Day Trip from Brisbane | Brisbane, Queensland

$199.00 Book now

Enjoy an adrenalin-filled adventure including two of Moreton Island's most popular activities on a 4WD day trip from Brisbane. Your action-packed day includes sand boarding on the island’s sand dunes, as well as snorkeling amongst the Tangalooma Shipwrecks, home to ...
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Tangalooma Resort Moreton Island Day Cruise with Optional Dolphin Feeding | Brisbane, Queensland

$119.00 Book now

Escape to spectacular Moreton Island for the day and relax on the beach at Tangalooma Resort. You'll cruise across Moreton Bay, and when you reach Moreton Island you can do as you please. Maybe you'll relax, shop and dine, or ...
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Moreton Bay Marine Park Dolphin Cruise Including Lunch | Brisbane, Queensland

$99.00 Book now

Discover the natural wonders of Moreton Bay Marine Park with a naturalist guide during a 6-hour excursion to Moreton Island. Your day includes a dolphin cruise where you also look for resident turtles, dugong and whales (in season). An optional ...
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Stradbroke Island 4WD Day Trip from Brisbane | Brisbane, Queensland

$195.00 Book now

Explore Stradbroke Island by 4WD on a day trip from Brisane. Seeing dolphins, manta rays, turtles and whales in season (from June to November) is always a treat. With pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Brisbane included, this tour ...
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North Stradbroke Island Day Trip from Brisbane or the Gold Coast Including Amity Point and Redland Bay | Gold Coast, Queensland

$119.00 Book now

Experience the incredible North Stradbroke Island departing from either Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Travel by 4WD towards the ferry port stopping at Redland Bay to see kangaroos along the way. Take a ferry cruise across Moreton Bay where you ...
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Stradbroke Island by Seaplane from the Gold Coast | Gold Coast, Queensland

$245.00 Book now

Take the ultimate day trip to the beautiful South Stradbroke Island by Seaplane. Enjoy a spectacular scenic flight over the Gold Coast then plan an action packed day or just relax in the sub tropical surroundings.Departing Seaworld Resort, you will ...
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Romantic Scenic Flight with Private Island Picnic Lunch by Seaplane | Gold Coast, Queensland

$445.00 Book now

The ultimate romantic getaway to your own island paradise. Enjoy a spectacular scenic flight over the Gold Coast before arriving at your own private destination where you can either swim and explore, or just relax and enjoy the surroundings. Indulge ...
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About Keiran Lusk

Keiran is a photographer and popular Australian Instagrammer and is based on Moreton Island in Queensland, Australia. His passions include the natural environment, the beach, wide open spaces and anything related to technology, social media and the internet. Keiran loves spending time with his young family and is a proud Dad. He also works as a park ranger and lighthouse caretaker.

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