Located right on Brisbane’s doorstep, beautiful Moreton Island is the third largest sand island in the world and a nature lover’s paradise: covered in tall sand dunes, crystal-clear lakes, fields of wildflowers and pristine beaches. Take the trip across the bay and leave civilisation and roads behind, and replace the sounds of city bustle with the calming sounds of breaking waves. Play on the beach, hand feed wild dolphins, snorkel among shipwrecks, explore the sand dunes by 4WD or toboggan and camp out under the stars – there’s something for all ages on Moreton Island!
About Moreton Island
Moreton Island facts
Queensland holiday ideas
Moreton Island’s epic sand dunes make it a great place for tobogganing – people have been known to reach 80 kilometres per hour on these sandy slopes! Head over to Little Sand Hills, Big Sand Hills or The Desert for an adrenaline rush you won’t forget anytime soon.
These pristine pools are protected from the outside ocean by a band of volcanic rock and sandstone, making them a stunning and safe swimming spot for all ages. The sparkling foam created by the waves cascading over the rocks give this special location its name and makes for a great photo opportunity.
The king of Moreton Island’s sand dunes, this sandy mountain is the highest coastal sand dune in the world. At 285 metres above sea level, it’s a bit of a hike, but the breathtaking 360-degree-view from the top will make it all worthwhile!
Best time to go to Moreton Island
Moreton Island boasts a sub-tropical climate year-round, with a pleasant average of 28 degrees Celsius in the warmer months, and 20 degrees Celsius in the cooler months. May to October are mostly free from rainfall, giving way to perfect sunny skies instead.
Moreton Island is 40 kilometres off the coast of Brisbane and can be reached by ferry, barge or boat, which run daily.
To arrive in style, you can cruise over on board the luxury cruise ship, the Micat. Licensed to carry over 400 passengers and 54 4WD vehicles, the Micat is a superbly appointed vessel and the cruise only takes an hour and 15 minutes.
4WD taxi services are available on the island to get around.
A few quaint retail outlets on Moreton Island offer chic beach style, in addition to a range of souvenirs and cute gifts to take home.
Tipping is appreciated, but not expected in Australia.
What to wear
Light, natural-fibre casual clothing is suitable for almost any time of the year on Moreton Island. A windcheater is useful for sailing and for the cooler evenings in winter. Don’t forget swimming and snorkelling gear, towels, hats and plenty of sunscreen.
Australia is renowned for its laid-back, egalitarian culture. By and large, friendliness is equated with good manners.
Mains voltage in Australia is 230V AC, 50Hz. Use a three-pin adaptor (different to British three-pin adaptors).
No special immunisations or vaccinations are required to visit Australia unless you have come from, or have visited, a yellow fever infected country within six days of your arrival. However, regulations and medical advice can change at short notice, so check with your doctor and the Australian Department of Health before you leave home.
Tap water is generally safe to drink in Australian cities.
By and large, the Whitsundays is considered a safe destination, although still exercise regular safety precautions as you would at home. If your little ones are prone to sea sickness, be sure to pack some ginger tablets for the ferry trip to and from the island in case of swell.
The wrecks comprise of 15 vessels that were deliberately sunk near the coast to form a breakwall for small boats in 1963. Fast forward to today and it has also created an amazing wreck dive and snorkel site, with plenty of fish, coral and turtles to spot… and an array of unique photo opportunities!
Cape Moreton Lighthouse
The red and white banded Cape Moreton Lighthouse is located on the northern point of Moreton Island and was the first lighthouse to be built in Queensland, lit in 1857, making it over 150 years old.