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THE VERY BEST OF MORETON ISLAND

From shipwrecks to sand dunes, Moreton Island is a paradise for those who seek adventure.



By Scott Pass

Only a 60-minute ferry ride from Brisbane, Moreton Island is particularly well known by the locals as the ideal weekend escape. It’s the third largest sand island in the world, providing an incredibly diverse variety of attractions and activities for a weekend stay or a mini trip. Here’s my guide to the very best of Moreton Island.

GETTING THERE

Moreton Island is accessible by ferry, barge or private boat. Moreton Island Adventures offers a ferry service (MICAT Ferry) catering for both 4WD vehicles and walk-on passengers. Departing from Whyte Island, Mouth of Brisbane River, this option takes about 90 minutes to reach the island, arriving at Tangalooma Wrecks. MICAT is fully licenced and has a variety of food and drink options available on-board. 

Alternatively, you can take the Tangalooma Resort Ferry, which departs from Holt Street Wharf, Pinkenba with four return services operating daily. The ferry ticket also includes a lunch voucher at Tangalooma Resort. Unlike the MICAT Ferry, this one disembarks right in front of Tangalooma Resort. 

Tangalooma Wrecks

Tangalooma Wrecks, Tangalooma, Queensland

Without a doubt, this attraction on the western side of the island is one of the most incredible experiences that Moreton has on offer. Attracting a huge amount of tourists during peak season, this stretch of pristine beach, electric blue water, and 15 sunken ships will have you completely in awe.

The ships in Tangalooma Wrecks were deliberately sunk to form a breakwall for small boats. Spend the day anchored just off the wrecks, if you happen to have access to a powerboat. The cerulean waves are mesmerising to watch as they lap gently against the side of the shipwrecks.

The wrecks is best viewed from above, so there are helicopter tours offered by Tangalooma Resort to give you the ultimate visual experience. From above, you’re able to see the wispy layers of sand blending into the cobalt hues of water, swathing endlessly around the bay, and constantly changing as the tide fluctuates.

 

The Desert

The Desert, Moreton Island, Queensland

Affectionately titled ‘The Desert’, this vast expanse of winding sand dunes and towering sand mountains is sure to impress from the moment you arrive. Accessible only via four-wheel-drives, The Desert is the hot spot for sand-duning, which is basically snowboarding but on the sand. You’ll get to experience speeds up to 70 kilometres an hour as you race down the steep sides of the desert mountains on a dune board. It’s bound to get your body working and your heart racing with adrenaline every time you slide down and climb up the dunes.

I suggest that you wear sunglasses as this activity involves a lot of sand blowing in your face. You’ll be covered in sand from head to toe but it’s worth it. To cleaning up, you can go for a swim in the beautiful calm water back on the western side of the beach later in the day.  

 

SUNSET BY THE WRECKS

Tangalooma Wrecks, Tangalooma, Queensland

Enjoy the sunset on the western side of the island. There, you can pull up a chair or sit on a patch of sand and watch the sun setting in the distant behind the shipwrecks. If you’re up for a walk, head south from the shipwrecks, down to Tangalooma Resort and enjoy a drink or two amongst the palm trees.

 

TANGALOOMA RESORT

Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Island, Queensland

You can either camp in the wild or enjoy the convenience and luxury of a quality resort. Tangalooma Resort offers tours to each of the attractions mentioned above, in both full day and half day packages. With all the facilities, activities, and adventure sports you could imagine, this option is ideal for couples or families searching for the perfect escape that offers the natural beauty of an island and the comfort of a home.

This article originally appeared on Townske

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