White sand, warm blue water,
beautiful Moreton Island...
Moreton Island is the worlds third largest sand island and is 98% National Park, with miles of pristine white sandy beaches, crystal clear freshwater lakes and creeks, huge sand dunes, and abundant wildflowers and native animals.
The aboriginal name for the island is Moorgumpin, meaning Place of Sandhills, and the first known inhabitants of the island were the Ngugi tribe. Their connection with the land and sea has a strong spiritual basis and some animals are strongly linked with traditions and customs. Numerous cultural sites have been recorded over the island and include shell and bone scatters, large shell middens and a stone quarry.
The island is only fully accessible by 4WD vehicle via the Micat ferry. If you don't have your own 4WD, you may hire one from the resort, go on one of their famous island safaris, or organise Moreton Island 4WD Taxi Service to pick you up and take you on a tour of this unique island.
Places to see and things to do include...
- Blue Lagoon for a refreshing dip,
- North Point,
- The Champagne pools for a surf or a saltwater spa,
- Honeymoon Bay for a picnic,
- Cape Moreton - walk up to the lighthouse and watch the whales, turtles and giant rays,
- Tangalooma Wrecks for diving and snorkelling,
- Mt Tempest for an incredible 360 degree view,
- Bulwer for lunch or pick up some fresh oysters at Kooringal,
- Cowan Cowan or Toompani Beach (Rous Battery) to visit the defence batteries from WWII,
- Toboggan the desert, the big sand hills or the small sand hills,
- Pack a picnic, find a deserted stretch of beach and swim, read, sleep, swim,
- Fish fish fish!
There are many walking tracks on the island, ranging from short easy strolls to half-day hikes. Walking is one of the best ways to appreciate the islands features and discover some of the various wildlife habitats. Visit the Department of National Parks website to find out more.