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November 30, 2013 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Summertime in Queensland means one thing – more Moreton please!! One of the world’s most beautiful islands, home to the highest coastal sand-dune in the world and the closest shipwreck snorkeling site to Brisbane, Moreton Island is where visitors and adventurers of all types can escape (the fake!).

After recently launching the Moreton Island Glampsites, Moreton Island Adventures, the family-owned and operated Moreton Island specialist who has been promoting and protecting the island for 42 years, has announced More Moreton Summer 2013/14, a program of adventures for all types of visitors.

250x250TICBannerSo, be you a 4WD purist or a weekend warrior; a camper or a glamper; a day tripper or a long stayer; whether you sit on the sand or fly down the dune, Moreton Island Adventures has ideas to cover all walks, runs and climbs of life.  First up – the adventures (and then we’ll detail accommodation options)…

Moreton Island – Made for 4WDs

Moreton doesn’t have a 4WD track …. we have a whole 4WD island! That’s right; the entire island of just over 200km is only accessible and circumnavigable by 4WD. So whether you’re after the thrill of seemingly endless, open beaches, or prefer the challenge of tracking overland and inland, you can test your 4WD skills as little or as much as you like.

Just a 20 minute drive from Brisbane and you and your 4WD can be aboard the MiCat, relaxing with a coldie while other ‘adventurers’ are still queuing for the toilet at roadside petrol stations with hours ahead of them. You’ll drive straight onto the beach in a little over an hour from leaving port.  And it’s the same story on your return trip – no waiting.  To book, please visit or call 07 3909 3333. Prices start from just $195 return (off-peak – vehicle & 2 passengers).

No 4WD? No excuse – Daytour Moreton!

Let’s face it, not everyone has a 4WD and drives like Bear Grylls.

For these adventurers, there’s the Eco Explorer Tour, covering all Moreton Island has to offer including adrenaline-pumping sandboarding, then cooling off in The Blue Lagoon, a naturally forming, crystal clear fresh water lake; then a visit to the Cape Moreton Lighthouse, where the view is truly spectacular and perfect for whale watching, dolphins spotting, turtles sighting and dugong discoveries! To book, visit or call 07 3909 3333. Price $160 per adult / $130 per child OR just $110 per adult and $90 per child when booked with one of our accommodation packages.

For the more adventurous

For those that DO feel a little like Bear Grylls, the Xtreme Adventure Tour is a great way to see the Island. It includes the amazing aquatic playground of the Tangalooma Wrecks, 4WDing through some of the most beautiful bushland with an experienced guide at the wheel, and a heart stopping plummet down the dunes in The Desert.  To book, or call 07 3909 3333. Price $170 per adult / $140 per child. 

A Day on the Beach – The Sand & The Sea

A day on the beach at the wrecks, far from the madding crowds of any Gold or Sunshine Bach is, well, perfect. This is a wonderful option for couples or families who want to chill, with sand and the sea. The adventure starts on the Micat, a great place to look out for dolphins! Adult walk-on fare $35 Monday to Thursday and $45 Friday to Sunday, children $25 Monday toThursday and $30 Friday to Sunday. 

A Castaways Christmas Lunch – all December!

Castaways Restaurant in Bulwer at the Northern end of Moreton Island, is celebrating Christmas all December with a relaxed Christmas Lunch special of pumpkin soup for entrée; turkey, ham and roast vegetables with  cranberry sauce and gravy for main, and plum pudding with brandy custard for dessert. All tables are themed and the atmosphere fun and welcoming – $29.95pp.

Call 07 3408 2202 or email

MORE MORETON – Summer Accommodation Options:

Glamping at Moreton –

Nestled under the famous giant Melaleuca trees on Moreton Island is a cluster of wonderfully designed Glampsites. Easily accessible and affordable, unlike many Glamping experiences around the world, overnight in the two person glamptent including ferry, transfers with breakfast and dinner packs starts at $199 per night, with the four person glamptent package beginning at $249 per night (off-peak).

More Moreton Accommodation –

  • Moreton Island has both units and dorm options for accommodation. There is new look accommodation at the Northern end of Moreton Island; 100m walk from the beach and Bulwer shipwrecks. Six units in total, they are fully self-contained, sleep between 4 and 6 people and are ideal for families and friends; each unit contains 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and open plan kitchen and dining.
  • For larger groups, the dorms at Castaways are a great way option. They have bunk beds, a private bathroom, and an open plan, fully self-contained kitchen and dining area. The larger dorm sleeps 39 guests and also has a 2nd bathroom and large lounge area. The smaller dorm sleeps 25 people.
  • There’s limited availability during December, with more openings in January for all accommodation types, so book now!

Campsites on Moreton –

Camp sites are nearly full, but try the following link for some great holiday rentals plus for information on hiring 4WD camper trailers.

Calling all Moretoneers – share your adventure and win!

To celebrate Summer, Moreton Island Adventures are giving away a free Glamping weekend experience!

Take a video on your phone or camera of your trip to Moreton or if you haven’t been, what you want your trip to be like, and upload it onto YouTube. For more details and to participate please go to:


MIA operates the MiCat ferry, Castaways accommodation and restaurant on the Island and caters for the general public, four wheel drive customers and many types of groups, including schools, universities, social groups and educational tours. The business began in 1971, and believes that connecting people to Moreton means future generations will understand and appreciate this incredible natural beauty.

Contact: 07 3909 3333 Website:

There are few islands as stunning as Moreton Island – it’s the third largest sand island in the world and is just 70 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD; a natural wonder waiting to be explored and celebrated. Home to some of the world’s most beautiful freshwater lakes, coloured sands, rugged cliffs and sand hills, the island also boasts the world’s highest coastal sand dune in Mt Tempest. Importantly, this natural majesty has and remains carefully protected – 98% of Moreton Island is a National Park, with the Hawkins family passionate ambassadors of the island’s natural status quo.

Famous Moreton Island experiences includes sandboarding at the Desert, the Mt Tempest hike, snorkeling the wrecks, visiting the Cape Moreton Lighthouse and Rous Battery on Eastern Beach, swimming in Moreton Island’s famous Blue Lagoon, fishing at North Point and sunset at North Point.

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