The Top Things to do in Moreton Island & Tangalooma

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Looking for all the best things to do on Moreton Island / Tangalooma? It’s not every Australian capital city that can boast having an escapist island paradise just offshore, but Moreton Island – which lies 25 kilometres from Brisbane – is exactly that. Providing a cavalcade of nature-based activities and “fun in the sun” in return for relatively little investment, Moreton Island and its prominent Tangalooma Island Resort complex offer a bevy of things to do suitable for the whole family. Whether on the sand or in the water, if you’re looking for outdoor entertainment near QLD's capital, this is the place to start.

This large, lagoon-dotted and marine life-rich island is a hub for activities which can be reached via a cruise from Brisbane that can be completed in just over an hour and provides ample opportunities for wildlife spotting along the way. Located within the expansive Moreton Bay Marine Park, this is a seascape that’s home to a number of aquatic species such as dolphins, sea turtles and even dugongs that are at home in its sea grass and reef environments. As a result, when making the cruise over from Brisbane it’s not uncommon to spy the sight of pods of dolphins frolicking on – and leaping out of – the water, or the dark and ascending shadow of a sea turtle coming up for air. Choose from our range of Moreton Island tours and activities below to enjoy your own island getaway online today.

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Moreton Island Dolphin Tours with Snorkelling
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Tangalooma Island Resort Whale Watching Cruises
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Moreton Island Scenic Helicopter Flight
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Tangalooma Island Resort Day Tour from Brisbane
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Self Drive Tangalooma Day Trip including Activities
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Moreton Island Scuba Diving with optional Brisbane Transfers
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Tangalooma Island Day Trip including Activities and Transfers from Brisbane
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Gold Coast to Tangalooma Island Resort Tour with Lunch and Optional Dolphin Feeding
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Tangalooma and Moreton Island Dolphin Feeding Adventure
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Moreton Island Full Day Tours from Gold Coast
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Moreton Island Full Day Tours from Brisbane
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Cape Moreton Lighthouse
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Sand Tobogganing
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Tangalooma Wrecks
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Moreton Island 2 Day Tour from Gold Coast
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Moreton Island 2 Day Tour from Brisbane
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Bribie Beach Jet Ski Hire and Ride
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Tangalooma Day Cruise with Dolphin Feeding Experience
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Tangalooma Day Cruise with Optional Dolphin Viewing
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Top 10 Things to do in - Moreton Island and surrounds

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Scenic Flight
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Sand Tobogganing
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Snorkelling
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Champagne Pools
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Five Hills Lookout
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Whale Watching
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Dolphin Feeding
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Cape Moreton Lighthouse
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Blue Lagoon
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Rous Battery track
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1. Experience Moreton Island from above

Location:381 Beatty Rd, Archerfield

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. 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 (during migration season), dolphins, rays or even sharks as the helicopter continues further north towards Cape Moreton.

2. Go Sand Tobogganing

Location:Moreton Island

Moreton Island is home to some of Queensland’s largest sand dunes, so what better way to celebrate that fact than by sliding down them? The Moreton sand dunes are a popular destination for visitors to the region. Pack up your boogie boards and waxed Masonite wood boards (if you have one) and make your way over to Moreton. Various tour companies conduct tours to the dunes including Sunrover, Tangatours and Australian Sunset Safaris. Most tours to the dunes include all necessary equipment including boards, so all you’ll have to bring for this fun journey is yourself and your love of adventure.

3. Snorkel the Tangalooma Wrecks

Location:Tangalooma Wrecks

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 dive sites in South-East Queensland. 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.

4. Wade in the Champagne Pools

Location:North Point

Located on the Northeastern point of Moreton Island, North Point is home to the Champagne Pools. Made up of a band of volcanic rock and sandstone the pools have created a break wall to slow down the busy surf. The Champagne Pools are beautiful to look at and explore as you relax in the area and watch the waves cascade over the Champagne Pools. These rock pools are the perfect place to just sit and relax as you enjoy the refreshing water flow in from the Pacific Ocean. With a sandy bottom, wading in the pools is one of the best ways to cool off. Watch as the water foams and bubbles around you lapping at the rocks and flowing to fill the pools.

5. Walk Five Hills Lookout

Location:Five Hills Lookout

A short but rewarding walk, Five Hills Lookout is a mere 1-kilometre return trail. Perfect for those who don’t want to embark on a full-scale trek but still want breathtaking views of the area. Make your way up the trail to the lookout point, once you’ve reached the top you will be amazed by the beautiful views it presents. Walkers should allow around 30 minutes to complete the walk, however, once you’ve reached the top you’ll most likely want to spend hours just looking out over the beautiful island and surrounding blue waters.

6. Go Whale Watching

Location:Moreton Island

From June to November Moreton Island plays host to migrating whales during their annual search for warmer waters. A popular hangout for Humpbacks and their calves, Moreton Island is one of the best whale watching destinations for visitors to the Brisbane region. There are a number of local operators that conduct daily tours out to the Moreton Bay region to watch as these gentle giants play about in the beautiful warm waters.

7. Feed wild dolphins

Location:Moreton Island

Get up close to pods of wild dolphins and feed them just off the shore of Moreton Island. Local operator, Dolphins in Paradise, operates daily tours from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast out to Moreton Island to get hands on with these incredible creatures and give them a delicious meal. The Moreton Bay region is often populated with pods of dolphins so on any trip out to the island you'll likely see dolphins swimming around.

8. Visit Cape Moreton Lighthouse

Location:Cape Moreton Lighthouse

The red-striped lighthouse is somewhat of an icon on Moreton Island, standing strong since 1857. Visitors to the island are encouraged to pay a visit to the lighthouse to learn a little about the history of the lighthouse and the island, however, during whale migration season the lighthouse acts as one of the best viewing points from which to watch the whales breach, tail slap and swim around the waters off the island.

9. Swim in Blue Lagoon

Location:Blue Lagoon

Venture into the middle of the island to jump into the beautiful Blue Lagoon. A sand-bottomed lake on the island, the lagoon has been formed over thousands of years and is a beautiful fresh-water option for swimmers looking for a break from the salt water surrounding the island.

10. Walk the Rous Battery track

Location:Rous Battery track

Explore the Rous Battery track on Moreton Island and explore remnants of World War 2 that still live on the island. The track stretches 9.8 kilometres and takes around 3.5 hours each way, so be prepared for a big day if you're looking to explore the track in its entirety. Winding through gum forest, the track is located on the southern end of Moreton Island.

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