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Moreton Island or Moorgumpin in the local aboriginal language forms the eastern boundary to Moreton Bay in South East Queensland. The area was originally home to the Ngugi tribe. The Island itself is 37 km long and 10 km wide and is made entirely of sand covering some 16,800 ha.

Long sandy beaches abound, crisp clean and clear freshwater lagoons are dotted across the island most of which remains in a pristine state, wildflowers are also plentiful. Swamps are popular with the birdlife of which there has been 184 species recorded many of them migratory birds.

Aboriginal sites abound as do other attractions such as World War II fortifications and a whaling station. Today the Island is visited by whales, dugong, turtles, dolphins and many more marine species. Plus a few shipwrecks that can be explored.

Access to the Island is by vehicular ferry see below for contact information. A permit is required to bring your vehicle onto the Island, once there you are restricted to certain parts to ensure protection of certain areas such as turtle breeding beaches and other sensitive areas for wading birds. Private boats can also be moored at Tangalooma. There are no sealed roads on Moreton Island hence all vehicles must be of the 4WD type and equipped for sand driving.

Camping is permitted, but please ensure you obtain your permits on the barge or at the Ranger Station on the Island. Camp sites are located at Blue Lagoon, Comboyuro Point, The Wrecks, Ben-Ewa and Eagers Creek. A camping fee is applicable for individuals and groups please see the rangers for details.

Other types of accommodation can be found on the Island such as the resort facilities at Tangalooma and small cottages for rent.

Mosquitoes can be quite ferocious in the summer so bring the insect repellent and avoid disturbing large groups of birds.

Check out our listing of Moreton Bay accommodation and Brisbane accommodation.

Contact the local Parks and Wildlife Service or visit the QLD National parks, marine parks and forests website. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre The Caretaker - Moreton Island Recreation Area
via TANGALOOMA QLD 4025
Ph: 07 3408 2710
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Moreton Island / Moreton Island National Park Attractions

ฉ Tangalooma Wild Dolphin ResortTangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort
• MORETON ISLAND, Off Brisbane
• Ph: +61 7 3268 6333 • Fax: +61 7 3268 6299 • Email
• Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort is only a 75-minute cruise across Moreton Bay by high-speed catamaran from Brisbane. The resort is the perfect destination for guests seeking a unique adventure or nature based experience in a truly relaxed environment that is right on Brisbane’s doorstep!

The star attraction to the resort is undoubtedly the unique nightly hand feeding of a pod of wild Bottlenose dolphins, where overnight guests have the opportunity to wade into the water and feed the dolphins. During the months of June to October, visitors to the island can partake in whale watching tours, getting up close and personal with these gentle giants of the sea.

Check their website for Launch Schedule details.
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Sunrover Expeditions
• Queens Beach, 1 Eversleigh Rd, SCARBOROUGH QLD 4020
• Ph: +61 7 3880 0719 • Freecall: 1800 353 717 (within Australia) • Fax: +61 7 3880 0695 • Email
• Specialised nature based tours to Fraser Island, Moreton Island, Stradbroke Island and Carnarvon Gorge. Sunrover offers the most extensive range of 4WD safaris operating in South East Queensland National Parks, but remain a small locally owned business, providing a professional service with fully qualified and experienced guides.

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Moreton Island Transport

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Combie Trader
• Thurecht Parade, SCARBOROUGH QLD 4202 • Ph: 07 3203 6399 • Fax: 07 3880 1725 • Email
• The Combie Trader II ferry departs from Thurecht Parade, Scarborough Harbour and lands at Bulwer on Moreton Island. Scarborough is located on the Redcliffe Peninsula just north of Brisbane.
MICAT Moreton Island Ferries
• 14 Howard Smith Drv, PORT OF BRISBANE QLD 4178
• Ph: 07 3909 3333 • Fax: 07 3895 1015 • Email (online form - check website)
• Micat is a large luxurious catamaran which runs daily trips across to Moreton Island catering for both vehicles and passenger transport. In addition to this we offer day trips, and guided tours to the island, as well as providing advice for accommodation solutions including camping, housing and unit rentals.
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