One of the great things about living in South East Queensland is all the 4wding and camping options that we have on our doorstep. We have dozens of 4wd parks, lakes, dams and camping options within a couple of hours of Brisbane not to mention the likes of Stradbroke and Fraser Island. We also have Moreton Island – a hidden gem just a 75min ferry ride from Brisbane.
Moreton Island is often overlooked but for us is one of the best spots in the South East to get away from it all. Being the worlds 3rd largest sand island it offers many of the attractions of Fraser without the crowds and remains one of the few untouched areas of natural wilderness along the east coast. White sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and refreshing freshwater lakes make Moreton Island an amazing place to escape and unwind.
Moreton Island is steeped in history, it is the traditional home of the Ngugi Tribe with many shell middens still visible around the island. European settlers established Bulwer in 1848, this was also the location of the pilots station for vessels traveling to Brisbane and serviced the region until 1909 – the pilot station and houses are still standing in Bulwer. During World War Two a number a defense installations we built on the Island. On the eastern side of the island there were 3 anti air craft guns and a radar loop and at Bulwar and Cowan Cowan there were multiple bunkers overlooking the channel into Brisbane. Many of these bunkers and batteries are still intact today and can be explored. The island is also home to the oldest operating lighthouse in Queensland at Cape Moreton.
Camping On Moreton Island
For those that are fully self-sufficient there is camping beachfront camping available on both the eastern and western side of the island. Both sides of the island offer great scenery and the perfect spot to unwind. If you would prefer to have toilet facilities there are five camp grounds on the island with facilities – Blue Lagoon, Comboyuro Point, Ben-Ewa, The Wrecks and our personal pick North Point.
Perhaps remote camping isn’t your thing? If you want the camping experience without leaving all the luxuries behind then maybe Glamping is for you. Castaways at Bulwer offer a range of Glamping options including a fully catered experience (We can highly recommend this package!) – for more info check out their website here.
Things to See and do On Moreton Island
The Island has so much to offer there is plenty to keep you occupied for a week or more! The first attraction you will encounter is the wrecks which you will see as you arrive on the MiCat. This attraction comprises of 15 ships that were deliberately sunk to create an artificial reef. This reef provided safe harbour for boats as well as a great snorkelling opportunity.
Fishing is a popular pastime on Moreton with many species of fish in abundance in the region. Fresh bait is available from Bulwer as well as tide info. If you’re a keen fisherman then you may like to check out the annual TJM Moreton Island Fishing Classic – here
Cape Moreton Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in Queensland – it is only a short walk from the car park up to the lighthouse, which offers some great views of the ocean. It is also a great location to spot sea life from turtles and dolphins to whales during the winter months. There is also an information centre at the lighthouse.
Just down the road from Cape Moreton is North Point where you can swim in the Champaign Pools or walk over the headland to Honeymoon Bay. You can easily spend a day here relaxing under a tree.
A trip to Moreton is not complete without travelling to the southern end of the Island. The southern end is less travelled by visitors but still has so much to offer. On the eastern beach is the Rous Battery one of the military installations still standing on the island. Here you can explore the bunkers and gun platforms used in WWII. If you keep going south you will come to the southern end of the island where you will find the Mirapools – a bird roosting area and Kooringal the southern most settlement on Moreton. While in Kooringal it is worth stopping into the Gutter Bar for a beer or lunch.
The western side of the island south of Tanglooma is only passable 2 hours either side of low tide. It is well worth the drive if you can time it right. There are some truly secluded camp sites as well as the Little and Big Sandhills to explore. There are also two wrecks on this beach not often explored.
Off of Middle Road you can explore the Desert – a large treeless sand blow in the middle of the island. If you are adventurous you can buy a sand board off of the MiCat or Castaways and try your hand at sand tobogganing. It is also worth checking out Mount Tempest – the worlds largest coastal sand dune at and impressive 285m!
This is only a taste of the island – go and check it out for yourself!
Getting to Moreton Island
Moreton Island Adventures run the MiCat vehicle and passenger ferry from the port of Brisbane to the Wrecks most days of the week. Click here for more info.
By 4x4tjm|2017-02-18T14:14:54+00:00October 18th, 2015|Travel Articles|Comments Off on Magical Moreton Island