Es­cape the mul­ti­tude

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - NATURAL GEM -

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

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