Moreton Island

Moreton Island is home to some of the most beautiful sandy white beaches, crystal clear oceans, freshwater lakes, colored sands and rugged cliffs.  An untouched paradise with the majority of the island being national park. You can enjoy the calm waters of the north and western beaches but for the more adventurous the east coast has surf and plenty of fishing opportunities.

Moreton Island contains freshwater creeks and lakes, coastal heath, rocky headlands, paperbark swamps, an historic lighthouse and the ruins of coastal forts. Mt Tempest, the highest sand dune on the island, is the highest stable coastal sand dune in the southern hemisphere. Moreton is the second largest sand island in the world.

Many types of natural environments can be found at various points across Moreton Island. Beautiful forest land can be seen along Middle Road, heathlands can be found along Bulwer-North Point Road, swamps can be seen along the Cowan Bypass Road (with the largest reaching from Comboyuro Point in the north to Ben Ewa along the west coast), and both Perched Lakes and Window Lakes can be found around the Island, with the spectacular Blue Lagoon situated towards the north.

There is a whole host of wildlife on Moreton Island which you can see on the numerous beaches, and along the walking and 4WD trails. Many wading birds can be found on the island, in particular between September and April when many birds migrate from other countries. You may also be lucky enough to see Green and Loggerhead Turtles which often nest between November – February.

In the waters surrounding Moreton Island (part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park) is more wildlife. Creatures you are likely to see include many Dolphins and Dugongs. Between June and October Humpback Whales are regularly spotted off Cape Moreton. There is also plenty of different fish species in this area, including Bream, Dart, Flathead, Tailor and Whiting.

Island stats:
38 km’s long
9 km’s across at its widest point
185 square km’s

Moreton Island Information Resources
Queensland National Parks
Wikipedia