Moreton Bay & Islands, Queensland
'There's nothing like plunging head- first down the white-hot sand dune, wind whipping against your hair, sand rushing against your face, perched on a primitive body board.'
Claire loved the thrill of sliding down the sand dunes of Moreton Island, which sits in Moreton Bay, less than an hour from Brisbane. It made a welcome change from her hectic daily life in Singapore, where she works as an anesthetist in a government hospital.
“My ‘normal' day involves dragging first myself and then my kids out of bed for the mad morning rush to school. Then it's off to work. Because of my unpredictable working hours, the kids often have to fend for themselves. Evenings are short and a large part is spent on homework...This holiday was a rare chance for the family to spend some time together,” Claire said.
Claire travelled with her husband and three children to Moreton Island, where they spent three days in a resort on Tangalooma Beach. Her children loved swimming and quad-biking during the day and hand-feeding wild bottlenose dolphins from the beach in the evenings.
“As for sliding down the sand dunes, my husband said once was more than enough for him, while the kids and I toiled up the slope and down again many times (despite sand in mouth),” Claire said.
Formerly a penal settlement and whaling station, today Moreton Island is mostly national park, drawing both holiday-makers and Brisbane day-trippers. Walking trails weave to white beaches, along rocky headlands and to sparkling lagoons such as Blue Lagoon and Honeyeater Lake. Visitors can also hike to Cape Moreton to see Queensland's first lighthouse, built in 1857 from island sandstone.