We just spent a few days on Moreton Island which is a 37km long sand island located in Moreton Bay, off the coast of Brisbane, Australia. The island covers an area of about 17700ha, and extends for 38 km from north to south. At its widest it is 8 km across. The Island lies only 35kms off Brisbane forming the eastern boundary of the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Moreton Island is 95% National Park.
Moreton Island has a colourful history, with evidence of early aboriginal history, being the site of Queensland’s only whaling station from 1952 to 1962, and the Cape Moreton Lighthouse being the first to be built off the Queensland Coast.
There is also a private resort located on the Island at Tangalooma, where we stayed, originally established as a whaling station now famous for its wild dolphin feeding and marine education and conservation centre. www.tangalooma.com/ Swimming with dolphins is an exhilarating experience.
The Island is made up entirely of sand with all vehicle access being along the beaches and the few sandy tracks across the Island and around the villages. A 4WD on Moreton is essential as there are no sealed roads. We saw the Tangalooma and Bulwer Wrecks, deliberately sunken ships sitting just off the beach. The Grave sites still standing after over 100 years from people passing through the bay.