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Moreton Island
With its miles of sun-bleached sandy beaches, towering sand dunes, shimmering lagoons, and pockets of wild bushland, Moreton Island feels a world away from nearby Brisbane. As the third largest sand island in the world and a national park, Moreton Island makes for a perfect day trip when you want to get in touch with nature.

The Basics
Reached by ferry from Brisbane, the Moreton Island National Park is a popular weekend retreat for visitors and city dwellers, and it’s easy to take in the highlights on a day trip. For the best experience, book a tour to soak up the scenery while spotting whales and dolphins on a cruise around Moreton Bay; swim or snorkel at Tangalooma beach; zip along the sand tracks and dunes on a quad bike; or get your adrenaline fix with activities like sand tobogganing, parasailing, paddleboarding, riding a glass-bottom boat, or kayaking.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Temperatures can reach upwards of 86°F (30°C) in summer, so pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as well as a swimsuit and towel.
  • Bring picnic supplies and bottled water with you from the mainland, as there is only one shop on Moreton Island.
  • Moreton Island is a sand island, so trails and beaches are only accessible by 4WD. A vehicle permit is also required.
  • The Tangalooma Island Resort is wheelchair accessible and offers beach wheelchairs, but not all island activities are fully accessible to those with limited mobility.

How to Get to Moreton Island
Moreton Island is located about 36 miles (58 kilometers) northeast of Brisbane on the southeast coast of Queensland and is reachable only by boat or private plane. Daily ferries leave from the Port of Brisbane and Eagle Farm, and it’s about a one hour and 15-minute ride. Tours typically leave from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, or the Sunshine Coast.

When to Get There
Water temperatures rarely drop below 70°F (21°C), making it comfortable to swim year-round at Moreton Island. The summer months (November to February) are warmest and busiest. Visiting out of season can mean cooler temperatures, fewer crowds, and better deals on tours and accommodations, while wildlife enthusiasts may want to visit during the whale-watching season (June to October).

Off-Road on Moreton Island
Snorkeling the Tangalooma Wrecks and feeding wild dolphins are popular activities, but there are island adventures to be had off the beaten track. Climb the Mount Tempest sand dune for an unforgettable coastal view; visit the historic Cape Moreton Lighthouse; take a dip in the Blue Lagoon or the Champagne Pools; or hike among World War II ruins along the Rous Battery track.
Address: Beach Road, Tangalooma, Queensland 4025, Australia
Hours: Open daily
Admission: Free
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8 Tours and Activities to Experience Moreton Island

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Moreton Island Day Trip (Kayak, Snorkel & Sandboard) frm Brisbane or Gold Coast

Moreton Island Day Trip (Kayak, Snorkel & Sandboard) frm Brisbane or Gold Coast

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Spend a blissful day on Moreton Island exploring the beaches, snorkel sites, and enormous sand dunes during this full-day tour from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, or the Gold Coast. Travel with an experienced guide in a rugged 4-wheel drive vehicle, going from sea to sand as you snorkel at the Tangalooma Wrecks and kayak around the coral reef, then head inland to try sandboarding on the dunes. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach and soak in the tropical scenery of Moreton Island on this fun-filled tour. Please note: An additional cost of AU$50pp is to be paid in cash to your driver prior to departure to cover national park and ferry fees during this tour.
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  • 11 to 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Moreton Island Snorkel and Sandboarding 4WD Day Trip from Brisbane

Moreton Island Snorkel and Sandboarding 4WD Day Trip from Brisbane

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Try out Moreton Island's most popular activities — sandboarding and snorkeling — on an adrenaline-fueled small-group tour from Brisbane. Spend a full day exploring the island by sea when snorkeling through the Tangalooma Shipwrecks, and on land when sand boarding on giant sand dunes and visiting pristine beaches. Snap photos of the gorgeous scenery and learn from your guide about the abundant animal life. Travel in a small group that is limited to 16 people for a more customized experience with your guide.
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  • 10 hours
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2-Day Moreton Island 4WD Camping Tour from Brisbane

2-Day Moreton Island 4WD Camping Tour from Brisbane

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Leave busy Brisbane behind to enjoy an adventurous 2-day camping tour of Moreton Island. Go snorkeling near ship wrecks, visit pristine beaches, try sand–tobogganing down giant sand dunes, and relax with overnight camping accommodation and all meals included. You’ll explore the island with an expert guide, traveling in a sturdy 4-wheel drive vehicle on a fun-filled camping tour that operates with a maximum of 16 people, ensuring a more intimate small-group experience.
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  • 2 days
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Cape Moreton Scenic 4WD Day Tour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast

Cape Moreton Scenic 4WD Day Tour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast

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Spend a day exploring beautiful Moreton Island on this hassle-free day tour, which includes ferries and four-wheel drive travel. Get out into lesser-explored corners of the island that can only be reached off-road, such as hidden beaches and lakes, and indulge in an Aussie-style picnic lunch. An ideal trip for travelers who want to explore wild Australian nature with the convenience of a local guide.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Dolphin Feeding Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island

Dolphin Feeding Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island

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Explore Moreton Island’s spectacular natural environment on this all-day adventure at Tangalooma Island Resort. After boarding a dolphin cruise in Brisbane, travel to the resort and check out a desert-safari tour with sand tobogganing, a marine-discovery cruise, a snorkeling tour, or a jet-boat tour. Enjoy access to the resort’s pools, lounges, eco center, and a supervised dolphin feeding experience is included in your visit.
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Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island

Day Cruise to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island

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This cruise to the Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island is the easy way to spend a day in nature from Brisbane. Choose between sand tobogganing, a wildlife-spotting cruise, snorkeling, or a jet-boat tour for a fun-filled day. You can also use the facilities at the resort, such as the pool and bar if you’d rather just relax. This day trip is ideal for families.
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  • 1 day
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All Inclusive Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise

All Inclusive Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise

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Throw your swimwear into a bag and set sail to Moreton Island, a world-renowned destination for encountering dolphins, dugong, and turtles. Located just 75 minutes from Brisbane, this full-day tour features an eco-cruise, tropical buffet lunch, island beach time and guided snorkel tour at the famous Tangalooma Wrecks. Board the brand new AUD 4mill vessel, the Spirit of Migaloo II, and you’ll soon discover that there’s more to Moreton Island than meets the eye.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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All Inclusive Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise Departing Gold Coast

All Inclusive Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise Departing Gold Coast

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Throw your swimwear into a bag and set sail to Moreton Island, a world-renowned destination for encountering dolphins, dugong, and turtles. Located just 75 minutes from Brisbane, this full-day tour features an eco-cruise, tropical buffet lunch, island beach time and guided snorkel tour at the famous Tangalooma Wrecks. Board the brand new AUD 4mill vessel, the Spirit of Migaloo II, and you’ll soon discover that there’s more to Moreton Island than meets the eye.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$138.79
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Moreton Island hours of operation?
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Moreton Island hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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