Moreton Island, Queensland
A 1 hour and 15 minute ferry ride from Brisbane – the state capital of Queensland – Moreton Island is a popular daytrip destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. It is the third largest sand island in the world, 95 per cent of which is designated National Park.
Known as ‘The Gem of South East Queensland’, Moreton Island is a natural wonderland surrounded by stretches of white sandy beach and crystal clear water. Famous for its almost unlimited adventure, visitors to the island can experience the thrill of a quad bike tour over sand dunes, or go camping, parasailing, catamaran cruising, recreational angling and sand boarding. It’s also a prime spot for snorkelling, scuba diving, bird watching and whale watching.
Moreton Island is also home to the Tangalooma Marine Education and Conservation Centre (TMECC) – a place where visitors can learn more about the island’s precious ecosystems, organise wreck diving excursions and partake in dolphin feeding programs.
The Tangalooma Island Resort has a range of facilities onsite to ensure a smooth and fun-filled day on Moreton Island.
- Toilets and showers
- Convenience store
- Massage hut and spa
- Tour booking office
- Restaurants, cafés, and bar.
A range of tours and activities (include dolphin feeding) can be booked here. Accommodation is also possible at the resort.
How to Get Around
As the third biggest sand island in the world, Moreton Island is only accessible via 4WD. You can either hire your own 4WD or make use of the islands’ 4WD taxi service. Most attractions on Moreton Island are far from the Tangalooma Island Resort, so walking isn’t recommended.
Travel times from the resort:
- It is a 15 minute journey to the Tangalooma Marine Education & Conservation Centre.
- It is a 35 minute journey to Mount Tempest, the highest point on Moreton Island
- It is a 25 minute journey to Eagers Creek
- It is a 2 hour journey to the Cape Moreton Lighthouse.
- Currency – The local currency in Australia is the Australian dollar which comes in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 coin denominations. Note denominations are as follows: $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
- Time Zone – Moreton Island is on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is 10 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather – Moreton Island enjoys a comfortable subtropical climate all year around. During the warmer months (from November to March), the average daytime temperature is around 28 degrees Celsius. During the colder months of May to July, the average temperature during the day is around 20 degrees Celsius. The driest time to visit Moreton Island is between May and October.
- Dolphin feeding – Get up close and personal with these majestic creatures of the sea and hand feed one of the 600 wild bottlenose dolphins that visit the shore just outside the Tangalooma Island Resort each evening. Moreton Island is one of the few places in Australia where visitors can hand feed wild dolphins. Please note that flash photography is strictly prohibited on the beach, and that persons with a flu, cold or respiratory illness are not permitted to take part.
- Whale watching – From June to November, visitors to Moreton Island can spot humpback whales during their yearly migration. Although whales are often spotted from the Cape Moreton vantage point, joining a whale watching cruise is almost guaranteed to get you face to face with these enormous mammals. Prices start at $65 per adult and $45 per child.
- ATV quad biking – Drive along rugged tracks through bush land, over sand dunes, and directly on the beach on your own ATV quad bike – this is a unique and fun way to explore Moreton Island and not for the faint-hearted. Quad bikes can either be hired independently or through a tour. Tours start at $58 per person and last for 45 minutes.
- Wreck diving – Spend an entire morning or afternoon snorkelling or diving around 15 vessels that were deliberately sunk just off the Tangalooma Island Resort. Meet a diverse range of aquatic marine life, including trevally, kingfish, yellowtail and scores of colourful tropical fish. Water visibility is often great most times of year, making for a great underwater experience no matter when you visit.