Escape the multitude
Despite its closeness to a capital city, this delightful island with its unspoilt natural resources is seriously undervisited, writes ‘Spida’ Everitt
TAKE the big blue ocean path across Moreton Bay from Brisbane and hit Moreton Island to explore the beaches, starry night skies, unique adventures and accommodation of southeast Queensland’s gem.
Moreton Island delivers amazing scenery, massive sand dunes, crystal lakes, tropical forest, picturesque beaches and a single lighthouse high on the point – you name it, this place has it.
Brisbane is fortunate to have one of Australia’s largest sand islands (behind Fraser) on its doorstep, making Moreton perfect for a relaxing holiday or four-wheel-drive adventure. Just a quick ferry ride from Brisbane, Moreton is quickly being discovered as an unspoilt paradise for people wanting to relax, go fishing and enjoy nature. This is a place where the crashing of the waves sets the pace of your day and a great place to turn your phone off.
Moreton is 40km offshore from Brisbane and can be reached by ferry, barge or boat. There are barges and ferries for vehicles and passengers every day. It’s a quick trip and very easily booked online or over the phone.
We took our 4WD Horizon motorhome with us, so we had our accommodation and transport all sorted. The Horizon motorhome was awesome. It didn’t miss a beat on the sandy roads and even made it up to the lighthouse. Now that’s impressive. The Horizon motorhome is a one of a kind 4WD motorhome that you can take just about anywhere in Australia.
But if you aren’t as lucky as we were, then have no fear as there are plenty of other accommodation options available. Moreton has camping sites dotted all over the island. They are well placed with great settings for you and your tent or 4WD camper trailer. As well as camping you can also stay in the luxury Tangalooma Island Resort, hire a private beach house or even a B&B.
Tangalooma Island Resort is stunning. Right on the lagoon, with every activity imaginable, it is a place perfect for families as well as those wanting to relax away from city life.
You can learn from the Eco Rangers at the Marine Education Centre, relax at the beachside massage hut, stock up on any essentials you might need or just soak up the