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About Moreton Island

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Getting there and getting around

Cape Moreton lighthouse. Photo: Queensland Government.

Cape Moreton lighthouse. Photo: Queensland Government.

Moreton Island is 40 km offshore from Brisbane. The island can be reached by ferry, barge or boat. Barges and ferries for vehicles and passengers run daily. Extra services operate in school holidays and on long weekends. Bookings are essential. See the tourism information links for details.

Private boat access

Moreton Island is in exposed waters. Large seas can be experienced between Moreton Island and the mainland. Consider your experience and the suitability of your vessel, and take into account currents and predicted weather and sea conditions when planning your trip. No public moorings are available at Moreton Island. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Vessels, anchors and ropes should not restrict the safe thoroughfare of four-wheel drives or pedestrians between the high and low water mark on Moreton Island beaches.

Four-wheel-drive access

Four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles are essential for driving on the island. Four-wheel-drive vehicles with high clearance and low range function are strongly recommended. All-wheel drive vehicles without true 4WD function and vehicles with low clearance will have difficulty along inland tracks and in soft sand, and are therefore not suitable on Moreton Island. All vehicles should be equipped with essential recovery gear (tyre pressure gauge, shovel, snatch strap, towrope or traction pads). A private vehicle recovery service operates on Moreton Island. See Tourism information links for details.

All vehicles must be registered and have a valid Moreton Island Recreation Area vehicle access permit (VAP). Fees apply. Drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply.

VAPs will not be issued for unregistered vehicles, or for registered (including conditionally registered) including but not limited to quads, trikes and trail bikes, except to island landholders and residents satisfying police permit and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) requirements.

All vehicles are required to stay on designated roads, beaches and vehicle tracks, and must not be driven on or over vegetation including that of the foredunes. Obey all speed limits, signs and barriers.

Please read driving on sand and driving safely before you drive on Moreton Island. The driving safely section also lists driving times between major features on the island.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no areas accessible by wheelchair in Moreton Island National Park or the Recreation Area.

Park features

Moreton Island features crystal clear creeks and lagoons, coastal heath, rocky headlands, abundant wildflowers, tall sand dunes, an historic lighthouse, ruins of coastal forts and miles of sandy beaches.

Most of Moreton Island is both national park and recreation area, which covers the national park to high water mark and the beaches to low water mark. Tidal wetlands and waters around the island are protected as part of Moreton Bay Marine Park.

The sheltered bay waters are home to various marine animals. Dugong feed on its seagrass communities while migratory and resident shorebirds feed and roost on the island's beaches. Humpback whales can be seen from Cape Moreton during their migration from June to November.

Indigenous cultural heritage includes shell middens that are evidence of thousands of years of Aboriginal occupation. Ruins of coastal defence bases from World War II are a reminder of Australia's involvement in world conflict.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Moreton Island provides a variety of coastal camping experiences, some accessible by 4WD, others accessible by boat or close to barge landing points. You will need a vehicle access permit to drive on Moreton Island.

Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site. All camping permits must be obtained before you arrive on the island (there is no self-registration on site).

Nearby accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation on Moreton Island. For more information see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Walking

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 island's features and discover some of the various wildlife habitats. Take care when walking over sand blows or up steep sections of tracks, particularly on hot days.

Take care of yourself—carry a map, compass, food, drinking water and first-aid kit. Wear protective clothing, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and insect repellent.

Blue Lagoon (Grade: easy)

Distance: 500 m return
Time: allow 20 mins
Details: The track winds through heathland to the dune sand blow on the lake. Blue Lagoon is a window lake, created where the watertable is exposed at the land surface. Access to Blue Lagoon is from the ocean beach, north of the Bulwer–Blue Lagoon Road. Toilets are located before you reach the car park.

Honeyeater Lake (Grade: easy)

Distance: 60 m return
Time: allow 5 mins
Details: Enjoy a short stroll to a viewing platform looking over this perched lake—created when water collects in a depression with a solid bottom which prevents rainwater filtering down to the watertable. Honeyeater Lake, a good place to see a variety of waterbirds, is surrounded by the sounds of the honeyeaters feeding on banksia flowers. Musk ducks are occasional visitors and are sometimes seen on the lake. Access to Honeyeater Lake is from Bulwer–Blue Lagoon Road. You can view the lake from a platform located near the car park.

Cape Moreton (Grade: moderate)

Distance: 1.5 km return
Time: allow 1 hr
Details: See Queensland's first lighthouse, built in 1857 of island sandstone. Access into the lighthouse, the grounds and the grave of the lighthouse keeper's wife is not permitted, however Cape Moreton is a good viewing point for watching marine life. See whales (June–November), dolphins, sharks and turtles, as well as magnificent island scenery. The walk up the hill can be very hot in summer.

The Desert (Grade: moderate)

Distance: 4 km circuit
Time: allow 2 hrs
Details: Walk along a track from the western beach south of the resort, over a large sand dune, and watch for wildlife that lives in this harsh environment. This walk has many steps and a moderate level of fitness is required.

Five Hills lookout (Grade: moderate)

Distance: 1 km return
Time: allow 30 mins
Details: From North Point Road the track heads up through low heathland to the top of a large sand dune. Do this walk in the cooler part of the day. You'll be rewarded with views of Heath Island, the Five Hills area and some of the island's coastal swamps.

Mount Tempest lookout (Grade: difficult)

Distance: 2.5 km return
Time: allow 2 hrs
Details: Walk up Mount Tempest—the highest sand dune on the island, 280 m in elevation. Expect many steps. Seats are provided along the way and at the lookout. After your steep climb, be rewarded with 360-degree views of the island, Moreton Bay Marine Park and, on a clear day, the Glass House Mountains. Read about Moreton Island's indigenous people—the Dolphin clans. This walk is best done in the cooler part of the day or in winter. Take plenty of water.

Telegraph Road (Grade: difficult)

Distance: 16 km return
Time: allow 6 hrs
Details: Discover interesting habitats and relics of the old telegraph line. The track goes through several vegetation types including heathland and eucalypt woodland. Look out for the perched swamp found on top of the dune ridge. In spring, the track is lined with heathland flowers. This long track is best walked in winter and spring, or in the early morning during summer. A one-way walk option is to arrange to be dropped off at the end of the Bulwer–Blue Lagoon Road and walk through to Mount Tempest, meeting your lift at the Mount Tempest carpark.

Rous Battery track (Grade: moderate)

Distance: 9.8 km one way
Time: allow 3.5 hrs each way
Details: See the remnants of a World War II fort scattered around the dunes. The walk follows the old Rous Battery service road. This is the only walk on the southern end of the island. You'll wander through scribbly gum forest and patches of the green, feathery ground plant called foxtails (Caustis blakei). Always carry sufficient drinking water. Bore water is available along the track near the ocean beach but should be treated before use.

Guided tours and talks

Commercially operated guided tours are available; see the tourism information links for more information.

Boating and fishing

All freshwater fish are protected on Moreton Island. Fishing or collecting bait in lakes and streams is not permitted.

Mirapool is a special protection zone and a marine national park zone, all forms of collecting including fishing are prohibited.

Moreton Island is surrounded by Moreton Bay Marine Park, a multiple-use marine protected area, which protects the high natural, cultural, recreational and amenity values of the bay.

Four sections of beach on Moreton Island are zoned as marine national park (green) zones under the Moreton Bay Marine Park zoning plan. All forms of collecting including fishing are prohibited in these zones.

Additionally two conservation park (yellow) zones overlap beaches as well. In these yellow zones fishing is restricted to a maximum of two lines and two hooks per person.

Refer to the Moreton Bay Marine Park map (PDF, 2.8M) and Moreton Bay Marine Park user guide (PDF, 11M) for boundaries and restrictions relating to zones and designated areas.

Tailor, flathead, dart, bream and whiting are often caught on the beaches and headlands. Reef and surface-feeding fish are caught offshore. Crabs are seasonal. Bag limits and size limits apply to some species. For more information about recreational fishing rules and regulations see Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

When fishing in Moreton Bay:

  • keep fish, bait and burley in sealed containers away from wildlife
  • bury fish remains and unused bait just below high tide mark. Dig a deep hole and cover scraps with at least 50 cm of sand
  • dispose of used bait bags and unwanted fishing line in bins or take them home
  • clean fish away from campgrounds and camping zones as it is prohibited in these areas
  • if using a boat take care over seagrass beds and look out for 'go slow' zones.

Spearfishing is prohibited in all marine national park (green) zones. Refer to the Moreton Bay Marine Park user guide (PDF, 11M) for boundaries and restrictions relating to zones and designated areas. Spearfishing is also prohibited within the waters of the artificial reef area off Moreton Island. Approximate reef boundaries extend from Tangalooma Point to Comboyuro Point, with a 700 m offshore boundary out from the beach. For more information see Department of Agriculture and Fisheries or consult the Fisheries Regulation 2008 for exact boundaries.

Viewing wildlife

Moreton Island provides great opportunities to view wildlife. Over 180 species of birds, including seabirds, waders, forest birds and birds of prey, can be seen. Avoid disturbing shorebirds on the beach by giving them a wide berth. Forty species of reptiles have been recorded on the island including blue-tongued lizards, goannas, major skinks, various snakes and marine turtles. Take care not to disturb nesting turtles in summer. Keep clear of any sea snakes washed up onto the beaches, and report them to rangers.

The island has a rich array of plant communities from stunted heathlands to open eucalypt forests. Freshwater lakes, creeks and swamps provide havens for frogs and native fish. For panoramic views of the island's plant life and Moreton Bay take a walk up Mount Tempest. Cape Moreton is a good viewpoint for watching marine life such as whales (from June to November), dolphins, sharks and turtles.

Snorkelling and diving

The waters around Moreton Island provide a chance to discover some marine life, with a number of well-known snorkelling and scuba diving sites. Tangalooma Wrecks and Flinders Reef provide good snorkelling and diving. For your safety avoid climbing on or swimming through the Tangalooma Wrecks. Curtin artificial reef is also popular with divers. Strong rips and currents are often present; check local site information when planning your trip. Always take care in the water and never swim, snorkel or dive alone. There are no patrolled beaches and no measures to protect swimmers from sharks around Moreton Island.

Things to know before you go

Essentials to bring

First-aid kit and prescription medicines

There is no pharmacy or resident doctor on the island. The Queensland Ambulance Service operates an office at Tangalooma Resort and has trained paramedics available. Bring adequate supplies of any prescription medication you need and a well-equipped first-aid kit. It's always wise to have at least one person with a current first-aid certificate in your group.

Drinking water

Bring your own water and containers. Water can be collected from the Big Sandhills on the western beach, the Rous Battery and Eagers Creek on the eastern beach, and also at all established campgrounds. Always treat water before drinking. Pack water treatment tablets or boil water for at least 10 minutes. Use water sparingly and consider other campers.

Rubbish

Bring your own garbage bags and sealable containers for rubbish including small containers for cigarette butts and bottle tops. Always extinguish cigarette butts. Don't discard the butts on the island, unless in a bin. 'Pack it in and pack it out'.

Gas or fuel stoves

Bring a gas or fuel stove and/or firewood. Open fires are not permitted at The Wrecks and North Point campgrounds. Test your stove before leaving on your trip. Never use them in confined spaces such as tents.

Vehicle recovery equipment

All vehicles must have rated shackles and the basic recovery equipment such as a tyre pressure gauge, shovel, towrope or traction pads. Recovery of bogged vehicles is the responsibility of the driver. A private vehicle recovery service operates on Moreton Island. See Tourism information links for details.

Extra hints

  • Sand pegs, tarpaulins, extra poles, ropes and torches come in handy.
  • Mosquitoes and sandflies may be present in large numbers, so bring insect repellent with you. Remember to wash any repellent off before swimming in creeks or lakes as it is highly toxic to our endangered native fish, even in low quantities.
  • Mobile phones may have limited range. Consult your service provider.
  • Bring sealable containers for rubbish.
  • Bring small sealable containers for cigarette butts. Always extinguish cigarette butts. Don't discard the butts on the island, unless in a bin.
  • Don't bring firearms or fireworks; they are not permitted in the national park or recreation area.
  • Don't bring chainsaws, they cannot be used.
  • Generators are not permitted to be used in developed campgrounds, however they can be used in the five camping zones (PDF, 160K) across the island. Only low decibel (dB) generators with a maximum of 60dB can be used between the hours of 8.00am and 7.00pm.

Opening hours

The park is open 24 hours a day. The opening hours of the QPWS Moreton Island office and Cape Moreton Information Centre are variable and dependent upon conditions in the park.

Permits and fees

Vehicle permits

A vehicle access permit must be purchased and displayed on your vehicle windscreen before driving on the island. Fees apply.

Monthly and yearly permits are available and must be attached to the left side of the vehicle's windscreen. If the vehicle does not have a windscreen the permit must be displayed in another prominent position.

  • Buy your vehicle access permit online.
  • A QldParks-Wifi hotspot is available at Ben-Ewa camping area.
  • Vehicle access permits can also be purchased from over-the-counter offices.

Camping permits

All campgrounds and camping zones within the national park and recreation area require a camping permit, which must be obtained before you arrive on the island (there is no self-registration on site). Fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

  • Find out more about camping areas.
  • Book your camp site online.
  • A QldParks-Wifi hotspot is available at Ben-Ewa camping area.
  • If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.

After purchasing your vehicle access permit and/or camping permit for Moreton Island, collect a permit tag from one of the following locations:

  • the information shelter at The Wrecks barge landing on Moreton Island
  • any other Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service information shelter or amenity block on the island
  • the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service office at Manly (see over-the-counter for contact details).

Permit refunds

For information on permit refunds please read Camping and vehicle access permit fee and gift card refunds operational policy (PDF, 87K). To apply for a refund please email .

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in the national park or recreation area.

Climate and weather

Moreton Island has a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 22–30°C in summer and 12–22°C in winter. For more information see the tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

Bulwer General Store sells unleaded fuel, available in 20 L drums only. Contact Bulwer General Store prior to commencing your trip to ensure supplies are available. Visitors will need to ensure they carry adequate supplies of fuel from Brisbane. Please note that vehicle access permits are issued with a condition that restricts the amount of fuel that may be kept within a developed camping area to 50 L.

General supplies are available at a few locations on Moreton Island. Not all shops are open every day. Contact the individual store for opening times and days.

Bulwer township

  • Bulwer General Store stocks basic groceries, ice, firewood and gas bottle exchange (9kg only). Pre-ordering recommended for bread and newspapers. Unleaded fuel is available in 20L drums only. Contact the store prior to commencing your trip to ensure fuel supplies are available.
  • Bait and tackle store sells camping and fishing supplies.
  • Mi Café offers an assortment of drinks, cakes and hamburgers.
  • 4WD taxi and tour services are also available.

Contact the individual store for opening times and days.

Tangalooma Resort

Casual visitors are required to pre-book a ‘Casual Day Visitors Pass’ to access the resort precinct. There is no charge for the ‘Casual Day Visitors Pass’ however availability of these will be limited according to daily guest capacities and resort service capabilities. To book visit www.tangalooma.com.

Staying safe

Read all information

Many safety and regulatory signs warn visitors of dangers, rules and regulations and ways to help conserve Moreton Island's special features. Walking track entrances, campgrounds and day-use areas have information and orientation signs including site-specific interpretive materials. For your safety, please read and heed signs.

Walking safely

  • Always carry a map, first-aid kit, and sufficient food and water.
  • Stay with your children at all times.
  • Stay on formed walking tracks and do not shortcut.
  • Wear sturdy footwear, not thongs.
  • Walk in groups.
  • Avoid walking in the hottest part of the day.
  • Protect yourself from the sun.
  • Obey all danger and warning signs.
  • Do not climb on the shipwrecks at Tangalooma or Bulwer.
  • Keep clear of historic WWII relics at Rous Battery and Cowan Cowan.
  • Bring personal insect repellent to avoid mosquito and sand fly bites.

Pig safety

Feral pigs may carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans. They may become aggressive if their young are threatened. Feral pigs digging for food damage natural ecosystems. Moreton Island rangers are undertaking a feral animal management program on the island focussing on feral pigs.

Please tell the rangers about any feral pigs you see around the island. In particular, note the location, time of day and number of pigs.

Ensure your camp site is pig safe

Pigs learn to scavenge for food. They easily find and scatter rubbish and eat anything including bread and biscuits. Do not encourage them into camp sites.

Make sure you:

  • Never feed pigs or leave food lying around.
  • Keep food, bait and rubbish in strong lockable containers.
  • Bury fish offal below the high tide mark to a depth of 50 cm.
  • Pack away food after you've finished eating.
  • Keep your camp site tidy to make it boring and uninviting for pigs.

Water safety

People have suffered serious injuries in water-related accidents. There are no patrolled swimming areas on Moreton Island. Avoid tragedy.

  • Always stay with children when near water.
  • Avoid swimming in the ocean. It is not patrolled and there may be rips and sharks.
  • Do not dive into water. Serious injuries have occurred.
  • Stay away from beach rocks. Surf and swell can wash you away.
  • Powerboats, personal motorised watercraft (e.g. jet skis) and vehicles are not permitted in lakes and streams.
  • Swimming is prohibited in Mirapool Lagoon.

Driving safely

Sand driving can be difficult and dangerous. Take care and remember ALL road rules apply. For essential safety tips please view:

Obey all road rules

  • The same road rules apply on island tracks and beaches as the mainland.
  • All vehicles must be registered.
  • Wear seatbelts at all times.
  • Keep left of oncoming vehicles at all times.
  • Use indicators only when overtaking or turning.
  • All drivers or riders must hold the appropriate driver's licence.
  • Never sit outside the vehicle or tow people behind the vehicle—it is illegal and people have been seriously injured this way.

Keep below the speed limit

  • Speed limits on beaches and inland tracks apply (see below).
  • Be aware of the speed limits at your location and obey all road signs.
  • People driving too fast for the unexpected are more likely to have accidents.
Speed limits
  • A speed limit of 30 km/hr applies at all times in front of and between:
    • Ben-Ewa and The Wrecks campgrounds, and
    • barge landing areas at:
      • Reeders Point
      • The Wrecks
  • A speed limit of 20 km/hr applies at:
    • Bulwer barge landing area
    • North Point beach
    • The beach in front of Comboyuro Point campground
  • The speed limit on other areas of beach is 60 km/hr and as signed on other tracks.

Depending on conditions, safe travelling speeds could be much lower.

No vehicle access

  • To ensure pedestrian safety, vehicle access is prohibited on the beach at Tangalooma Resort and Cowan Cowan township. Use bypass roads where available.
  • To reduce the disturbance of migratory shorebirds, vehicle access along the beach at Mirapool is prohibited 3 hrs either side of high tide, and a speed limit of 30 km/hr applies at all other times. Please use the Mirapool bypass road.
  • Stay on formed tracks. It is illegal to drive off-track on dunes.

Limited access

  • The western beach between Kooringal and Tangalooma is not always trafficable. Debris and shifting sand may make the beach impassable even at low tide.
  • Middle, North Point and Bulwer–Blue Lagoon roads are narrow and can become very rough in dry weather. For this reason caravans and camper trailers are not recommended on these roads.

Hazard areas

  • Beaches have hazards including washouts and exposed rocks, particularly after heavy rain and rough seas.
  • Accidents have happened due to reckless driving or silly pranks. Passengers have suffered serious spinal injuries in vehicles travelling too fast for the road or beach conditions.
  • At times, creek crossings and exposed rocks make beaches impassable, especially after rough sea conditions.

Before heading off

  • Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound.
  • Carry essential spares, extra fuel, water, tyre gauge, tyre pressure, pump, snatch strap, tow rope and a first-aid kit.
  • Be familiar with your vehicle and correct driving techniques.
  • Reduced tyre pressure can aid in traction when conditions are soft, dry and boggy.
  • If you choose to lower your tyre pressure, make sure to reinflate tyres to manufacturer’s recommendations prior to driving on hard surfaces.

Load your vehicle correctly

  • Do not overload your vehicle.
  • Load your vehicle evenly with heavy items stored low.
  • Vehicles with too much stored on roof racks can overturn or become stuck.
  • Remember the weight and balance of a 4WD is different to a normal car.

Drive only when you are safe

  • Do not drive when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or medication.
  • You need to be constantly alert and familiar with sand driving techniques—4WDs handle differently in sand.
  • Police visit the island with speed detectors and breathalyser units.

Give way to

  • Pedestrians—they often cannot hear approaching vehicles above the sound of surf or strong winds. Slow down near people on the beach, especially around children.
  • Seabirds and other wildlife—always go slow and go around flocks of birds.
  • Other vehicles—most tracks are narrow and carry two-way traffic. Frequent passing bays can be found along roads. Do not create your own by driving over vegetation.
  • Vehicles coming downhill, heavy vehicles and vehicles with trailers have right of way in any situation, as they are more difficult to handle.

When sand driving

  • Engage locking hubs and 4WD on inland tracks and soft beach sand.
  • Check your tyre pressure gauge works. Reduced tyre pressure within manufacturer's specifications helps maintain traction on inland tracks and soft sand. If you choose to reduce your tyre pressure, re-inflate your tyres again to resume speed on harder sand or mainland driving.
  • Avoid sharp turns and sudden braking.
  • Select low gears for soft, dry sand.
  • If your vehicle bogs, reverse out and try to drive forward again.
  • Stay on formed tracks. It is illegal to drive off-track on dunes.
  • Be very careful when crossing creeks. Large volumes of water create steep creek banks.
  • Before crossing any creek, walk through it, if safe, to check the depth of water and softness of sand.
  • Never stop your vehicle midstream; your vehicle may sink or stall.

Watch the tides!

  • The best time to travel is around low tide. Avoid driving two hours either side of high tide and often for longer, as some areas are more affected by tidal activity and onshore winds than others.
  • Beach travel is not always possible, even at low tide.
  • Be prepared for delays, as you may need to wait for suitable beach conditions.
  • Creeks flowing out onto beaches should be traversed with caution.
  • Do not stop your vehicle in any creek bed—use low speed and check depth and sand softness before crossing.
  • For safety, avoid travelling at night.
Tide variations
  • Ocean beach is 1hr 30mins earlier than tide times at Brisbane Bar.
  • Day's Gutter is 45mins earlier than Brisbane Bar.
  • Tangalooma is up to 40mins earlier than Brisbane Bar.

Tide times vary from year to year. Refer to the official tide times for Queesland for further information.

Travelling times from Cape Moreton

From Cape Moreton to:

Time

Bulwer via North Point

35min

Bulwer via Blue Lagoon Road

55min

Little Sandhills via ocean beach

50min

Tangalooma via Middle Road

50min

Travelling times from Tangalooma

From Tangalooma to:

Time

Bulwer via Cowan Cowan

35min

Kooringal via Toulkerrie

55min

Times will vary depending upon beach and weather conditions and tide height at time of travel. Inland track conditions deteriorate as sand dries out. After rain, track conditions often improve. But when dry, expect a slow bumpy trip!

In an emergency

  • Dial 000 for fire, medical and police emergency assistance.
  • If no mobile reception, try 112.
  • Dial 106 for a text-only emergency service, for speech or hearing impaired people.
  • If calling from the ocean beach, advise 000 operator of your closest distance marker. These are located on the ocean beach at two kilometre intervals north and south of Middle Road.
  • Carry a first-aid kit with you and know how to use it.

Stay with the injured person—keep them calm and protect them from the elements.

For further information please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

Rubbish

There are no bins on the eastern side of the island. Rangers do not collect rubbish from camp sites and can issue on-the-spot fines for littering. When planning your trip, pack to minimise rubbish. Rubbish bins are located near The Wrecks and Comboyuro Point campgrounds.

Secure all rubbish bags inside your vehicle when driving. Do not carry rubbish bags on your bull bar as these tend to break and spread rubbish across the island’s tracks.

Camp sites

Use existing camp sites marked with a totem. Use only existing entry tracks to reach the beach camping zones.

Portable toilets

Large groups staying away from facilities should bring a portable toilet. Waste from portable toilets can be emptied at designated waste facilities located at Ben-Ewa and Comboyuro Point camping areas. Do not pour your portable toilet waste into any toilets on the island, as it destroys the bacteria in the composting systems used by the QPWS.

Bush toileting

Use toilet facilities or portable toilet whenever possible. If they are not available, bury waste and toilet paper 50 cm deep and at least 10 m from lakes, watercourses, camp sites and walking tracks. Always bag and bin sanitary products and disposable nappies.

Generators

Generators are not permitted in developed campgrounds, however they can be used in the five camping zones across the island. Only low decibel (dB) generators, up to 2.0 KVa, with a maximum noise level output of 60 dB at 7 m are allowed. Be considerate and only use them between the hours of 8.00 am and 7.00 pm. Note: the use of generators may be totally prohibited from time to time in some camping zones for safety reasons (e.g. local fire bans). Also refer to camping information for details on where generators are permitted.

Keep it clean

Soaps, sunscreens, insect repellents, shampoos and bodily wastes pollute the water and harm the wildlife. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat and shirt in the water.

Feral pests

Avoid exotic introductions by checking that your camping gear and supplies are not contaminated with soil, cane toads, ants, insects or plant seeds.

Take care around shorebirds

Drive slowly and go around flocks of resting shorebirds. Watch out for their unexpected movement.

See caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Park management

The Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing (NPSR) manages Moreton Island National Park and Recreation Area to conserve its natural and cultural resources. The whole island is national park (other than freehold areas such as townships) and is protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and the Recreation Areas Management Act 2006 to the low water mark.

The national park is managed in accordance with the Moreton Island National Park, Cape Moreton Conservation Park and Moreton Island Recreation Area Management Plan (PDF, 743K).

Tourism information links

Tourism information centres

Brisbane Visitor Information Centre
www.visitbrisbane.com.au
Queen Street Mall, Brisbane Qld 4002
ph (07) 3006 6290
email

Redlands on Moreton Bay Visitor Centre
www.more2redlands.com.au/explore
2/152 Shore St West, Cleveland Qld 4163
ph 1300 667 386
email

Wynnum Manly Tourism & Visitor Information Centre
William Gunn Jetty, 1 Wyvernleigh Close, Manly Qld 4179
ph (07) 3348 3524
email

Barges and ferries

MICAT
From Whyte Island (Brisbane River southside) to Tangalooma Wrecks (daily).
Pedestrian and vehicle. Note: on Tuesday lands at Bulwer only.
www.moretonislandadventures.com.au
ph (07) 3909 3333

Daily passenger launch
From Pinkenba (Brisbane River northside) to Tangalooma Resort.
Pedestrian only. Note: For Tangalooma guests / day trippers only.
www.tangalooma.com
ph 1300 652 250 or (07) 3637 2000

Amity Trader
From Victoria Point (Mainland) to Kooringal Contact operator for details.
http://www.amitytrader.com/
ph 0487 227 437

Shops and services

  • Castaways Store (Bulwer) (07) 3408 2202
  • 4WD taxi and tour services (07) 3408 2661
  • Kooringal General Store & Gutter Bar (07) 3409 0170
  • Moreton Island Recovery Service:
    • Lindsay - 0414 949 876 or (07) 3408 3545
    • John - 0475 563 642 or (07) 3408 3930

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last updated
14 July 2016