Do you ever long to take a relaxing break in a tranquil and unspoilt location, but are put off by the many hours you will need to spend travelling there? If so, then Moreton Island off coast of Brisbane is the place for you.
This beautiful island and nature reserve, with immaculate white sand beaches, is situated just forty kilometres from the city centre, making it accessible by ferry in well under one and a half hours.
Expect to find a stunning landscape of lakes and lagoons set amongst undulating sand dunes. The waters surrounding Moreton Island are home to dolphins, humpback whales and turtles, with old shipwreck sites, including the ‘Tangalooma Wrecks’, offering exciting diving and snorkeling opportunities.
The most popular way to travel to Moreton Island is by ferry. See the details below for operators and their timetables.
Private vehicles may be taken to, and driven on, the island but you must purchase a permit as the area is a national park. You will also need a four-wheel drive vehicle, as most of the roads are rough with extensive sandy tracks. It’s best to arrive with a full tank, as there is little fuel on the island itself.
If you want to extend your trip overnight, or even for a few days, there are many different types of accommodation available.
If getting back to nature is your thing, there are a number of campsites – although you will need to purchase a permit before pitching your tent. For those who want to sleep under canvas without sacrificing mod cons like queen size beds and en-suite bathrooms, ‘Castaways’, just 100 metres from the beach, offers a ‘glamping’ (glam-camping) experience. It also has a store and restaurant.
There are self-catering units at ‘Moreton Island Eco-Village’ orr, if you’re looking for a more luxurious option, try ‘Tangalooma Island Resort’.
Whether you’ll be cooking around a campfire, or dining in a five-star restaurant, you will be assured of eating well as Moreton Island’s fish and shell food is outstanding.
Moreton Island is ideal for those seeking a welcome escape from city life. It’s also a reminder that, even in a dynamic city like Brisbane, you are never far from the beauty of nature.