Moreton Island is a large sand island on the eastern side of Moreton
Bay, Moreton Island lies 58 kilometres northeast of the Queensland
capital, Brisbane. The island is 95% National Park and a popular
destination for four wheel driving, camping, recreational angling and
Moreton Island has five national parks managed camp sites around the
Island with toilets, showers, BBQ facilities and picnic grounds.
However one of Moreton Islands’ main attractions is the freedom
to stop and make camp virtually wherever you desire. Pick a blue lake
or the beach-front to pitch your tent, or for those seeking solitude, a
bush hide-away is a perfect retreat.
Moreton Island has three small townships which are Bulwer, Cowan and
Kooringal, as well as a large Tangalooma Tourist Resort. A former
whaling station, Tangalooma Resort is very lucky to be visited on a
nightly basis by a small pod of bottlenose dolphins. The jetty at
Tangalooma is the perfect platform for viewing and observing these wild
dolphins as they continuously entertain visitors with their inquisitive
About Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay, to the east of the city of Brisbane and its suburbs, is
very much the city’s playground, a wide expanse of relatively
calm water dotted with many surprisingly unspoilt islands of different
sizes and varying character. The bay extends some 160 km from Caloundra
in the north almost to Surfers Paradise in the south.
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The bay’s southern navigation entrance is the Gold Coast
Seaway. It is a haven for wildlife – spotting dolphins, whales,
turtles and manta rays, and its vast array of birdlife is a popular
pass time. The bay’s heritage protected wetlands, mudflats, and
waterways are some of the healthiest in the region, supporting
seasonally up to 25 % of Australia’s bird species. Moreton Bay is
also a popular destination for recreational anglers and is used by
commercial operators who provide seafood to market. A number of ferry
and water-taxi services travel over the bay either to and from islands
or on day and half-day sightseeing and fishing tours.