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The Top Things to do in Moreton Island & Tangalooma

This island paradise lies just 25 kilometres from Brisbane with a bevy of nature based and aquatic adventures for the whole family. Moreton Island and the prominent Tangalooma Island Resort offer once in a lifetime experiences to hand feed dolphins, snorkel shipwrecks, race down towering sand dunes or simply rest your head and nod off on a hammock under a palm tree. The seascape is the perfect place to spy on dugongs, dolphins and seasonal humpback whales and all of this is minutes from a bustling capital city. Discover your ideal island adventure and all the best things to do on Moreton Island here.

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Top 10 Things to do in Moreton Island

Moreton Island is a popular destination for locals looking to escape the city and tourists looking to explore. Located a short distance off the coast of Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane, it is easily accessible for day trips or overnight stays.

Reached by ferry, barge or boat services run daily for guests travelling with or without vehicles. So pack a bag and head over to this island gem for a day of exploring, adventure and stunning scenery.

In this article, we break down the top 5 must-do experiences and sights to visit while on Moreton Island to help you get the most out of your visit to this adventurous island.

Top 10 Things to do in Moreton Island - Moreton Island Day Cruise

1. Moreton Island Day Cruise

Moreton Island is a secret island paradise just over an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Explore the Moreton Bay Marine Park to see dolphins, turtles and dugongs, snorkel the Tangalooma wrecks and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.
Top 10 Things to do in Moreton Island - Helicopter Flights over Moreton Island

2. Helicopter Flights over Moreton Island

Location: Moreton Island,QLD

Explore the stunning coastline or Moreton Island from above with a scenic helicopter flight over the area.

Departing from Archerfield Airport in Brisbane, the flight will take you east towards Stradbroke Island to descend to just 500 feet above the Moreton Island beach.

The comfortable and luxurious flight will take you over some of Moreton Island’s best sights including the well-known Tangalooma wrecks.

Admire the sparkling waters and endless golden sand dunes on a scenic helicopter flight over Moreton Island. Pick your timing right and you may even see Humpback Whales on their annual migration between June to November.

Depending on when you fly you might see a variety of wildlife playing about in the blue waters.

If you’re lucky and focused you might see some whales, dolphins, rays or even sharks as the helicopter continues further north towards Cape Moreton.

Top 10 Things to do in Moreton Island - Snorkel the Tangalooma Wrecks

3. Snorkel the Tangalooma Wrecks

Location: Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Island

Explore the Tangalooma shipwrecks; a beautiful snorkel site not far from the Moreton Island shore.

Many years ago off the coast of Moreton Island, fifteen ships were deliberately sunk to create a breakwater for local fishermen and their smaller boats.

Fast forward to today and these ships are now one of the most popular snorkelling and diving sites in South-East Queensland.

These large vessels are now home to an array of marine life including Wobbegong sharks, giant trevally, kingfish and more.

The beautiful clear waters provide snorkelers with amazing visibility, however, it is weather dependent.

Many years ago fifteen ships were deliberately sunk to create a breakwater for local fishermen and their smaller boats. Fast forward to today and the artificial reef is a huge draw for visitors to the island with a number of fish, turtles and dolphins found in the waters surrounding the island.

Now covered in rust and corals the wrecks are a must-see for marine loves and curious swimmers.

You can snorkel the area yourself or sign up for a tour departing Brisbane with all snorkelling equipment included and some even providing lunch cruises.

Check with the resort staff when the best time is to snorkel the wrecks or you just might find yourself struggling against the tide and tiring yourself out fairly quickly.

The wrecks are recommended for confident swimmers only; if that is not you then it is strongly recommended that you join a cruise or perhaps kayak the shipwrecks instead.

Top 10 Things to do in Moreton Island - Dolphin Feeding at Sunset

4. Dolphin Feeding at Sunset

You can participate in dolphin feeding on Moreton Island with organised sessions run by Tangalooma Resort. Every night at dusk, the gentle creatures will swim right up to you in search of a feed.
Top 10 Things to do in Moreton Island - Whale Watching Cruise

5. Whale Watching Cruise

Every year between June and November, Humpback Whales make the annual migration north swimming straight past Moreton Island. Join a whale-watching cruise to see these incredible creatures up close.
Top 10 Things to do in Moreton Island - Scuba Diving Tour

6. Scuba Diving Tour

Deep underwater, there is so much to see in the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Join a Moreton Island scuba diving tour to see coral reefs and a myriad of marine life. You'll be surprised how active marine life is here.
Top 10 Things to do in Moreton Island - Quad Biking Tour

7. Quad Biking Tour

One of the best ways to explore Moreton Island is on an ATV quad bike tour. The adrenaline-fuelled tours will take you through your paces on some of the best quad bike tracks in Australia.
Top 10 Things to do in Moreton Island - Cape Moreton Lighthouse

8. Cape Moreton Lighthouse

Cape Moreton is home to the oldest lighthouse in Queensland built by local tradesmen and convict. Come see this iconic piece of Queensland history and enjoy the views from the Cape.
Top 10 Things to do in Moreton Island - Honeymoon Bay & North Point

9. Honeymoon Bay & North Point

Sheltered in the Northern end of Moreton Island you will find this secluded little beach called Honeymoon Bay. The petite beach is perfect for a beach picnic but swimmers should be take care of the dangerous currents.
Top 10 Things to do in Moreton Island - Champagne Pools

10. Champagne Pools

The Champagne Pools on Moreton Island are natural ocean pools where you can have your own "ocean jacuzzi" as the ocean waves crash over the rocks giving you that bubbling effect.