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Make Moreton Island Your Next Vacation Stop

There aren’t a lot of down-to-Earth, but still extraordinary places to visit on holiday any more. You’ve either got opulent and expensive extravagance or you can rough it on economy. In Australia, though, you get the best of both worlds: Kicking back and enjoying yourself, while surrounded by exotic sights and extraordinary experiences. You simply have to make Moreton Island your next holiday stop, here’s why.

All About Moreton Island

This stunning island is but a quick 35 km from Brisbane, Australia and despite all it has to offer, it’s only 36 km from end-to-end. A full 98 percent of the isle is protected under the guise of National Park grounds, meaning the coast, dunes, lakes and all wildlife are strictly regulated.

Nestled within the island are three primary townships, each having something special to offer. The townships are set on the west side and most areas welcome the tourists who flock here:

Bulwer Village: This is the primary space for tourists on the island, with everything you could possibly need, from food to cocktails, fishing bait to flip-flops.

Cowan Township: Here, you could rent a quiet, out of the way place to stay. There aren’t very many vehicles allowed through the township or on its beach, but there’s plenty of fishing and fun.

Kooringal: Known for private clubhouses, fishing and oysters, Kooringal boasts charming beaches and the world-famous Gutter Bar. The Gutter Bar is a native, touristy hangout every visitor should check out. There are also plenty of places to hang your hat for a night’s rest, too.

What To Do Here

This island provides the perfect setting for any type of holiday, but don’t think you won’t be busy while you visit. Whatever your preferences for fun, Moreton has you covered. Depending on the type of vacation you plan, activities can be prearranged or you can venture out on your own.

Do Nothing At all

If you’re in need of a relaxing, stress-free holiday, enjoy the miles of beaches and just be lazy. You can cool off in the surf every now and then and stretch your legs on the sandy coast without seeing a vehicle or nearly any other sign of the “real” world.


Along the eastern path of Moreton, there’s nearly 40 km of exploring waiting for you, from the North Point all the way to Reeders Point. The North Point features a rocky terrain, while Reeders is covered in soft sand. The cape is peppered with rocky areas to explore, or if you prefer the inland, there are plenty of natural lakes and wildlife.

Frolic With Dolphins

If you’ve ever dreamed of lapping up the waves while being serenaded by a dolphin or two, this is the place to do it. There are feeding tours, where you can get up close and personal with these friendly swimmers and many photo-ops, where you can take selfies with one of the most intelligent ocean faring creatures. The dolphins make Moreton Island truly unforgettable.

Try Seeing The Sights Via Snorkeling

Scattered around the island are many exciting shipwrecks you can snorkel up to and around, but you could also just investigate the sea creatures and scenery underwater, too. If this is something you’ve never done before, fear not, as there are professionals who can show you how it’s done.

Sand Sledding?

The island also has many dunes, some of which are quite steep; visitors brave enough will partake of these sandy slopes on a toboggan, as offered up by the locals. The ride is fast and furious, though, so don’t try it too soon after lunch!

The Best Way To Get About And Enjoy Moreton Island: A 4WD Hire

Even if you enjoy your independence while on holiday, it might be best to hire a four-wheel drive tour guide as you meander around the attractions. There are many rugged, if not treacherous at times, sand tracks that wind through the island, most of which intertwine with the beaches.

With the exception of a few patches, you can drive, equipped with four-wheel drive, around the entire coast of the island. The roadways of Moreton Island aren’t for the faint-hearted drive or one in a fancy vehicle, as they’re mainly rough, bumpy, unpaved and too narrow for more than one car at a time. This is why many visitors choose a 4WD hire, instead of trying to navigate the terrain on their own.

Also posing as somewhat of a challenge for non-natives is the occasional impassibility of the roads, sand tracks and beaches; trees and logs floating about settle into the sand when the tide drifts out, leaving roadblock after roadblock. Without a four-wheel drive vehicle, you may be stuck completed, but without a hire, you’re nearly guaranteed to find yourself stranded by one obstacle or another.

Be sure and plan your 4WD adventures during low tide and see that your hire has all the necessary equipment, such as a shovel, tow rope and traction devices. The simple act of getting around the island might just be the most fun part of your holiday, if you’re lucky!

Why Come Here?

There are numerous reasons to appreciate Moreton Island, from the crystal blue waters to the pristine wildlife. If you  haven’t decided where you want to holiday and are considering Moreton, make sure it’s at the top of your list. Aside from enjoying the sights and sea and doing nothing at all, Moreton Island makes a perfect getaway for specific occasions as well:

A Wedding And Honeymoon

If you’re getting married and haven’t decided on a venue, this island makes the perfect backdrop. With resorts and golf clubs ready to handle the arrangements and accommodations for as many (or as few) guests as needed, it’s an ideal setting. After the ceremonies, stay for a blissful and beautiful honeymoon.

A Family Vacation

Moreton Island can satisfy every family member’s criteria for the perfect vacation, from relaxing around the beach to intense physical activities, to living it up into the wee hours of the morning with clubs and parties. From the best places to stay to four wheel drive hires that provide adventurous touring, everyone in the family has something to love here.

A Photographer’s Dream

If you’re looking for a holiday and have any interest, professional or amateur, in photography, this is the place to be. Consider old shipwrecks, aquatic superstars and spectacular sunsets as your subjects; breeze around town or delve into the parks for once in a lifetime shots you can brag about for years to come.

For Fun With Fitness In Mind

While the sunsets on Moreton Island may lull you to sleep, there’s plenty to do here if you’re a fitness fanatic who doesn’t want to miss a bit with an exercise routine, even while on holiday. You can jog the beaches, swim for miles or challenge your calves in dunes; much of the island is free of traffic, too, thus your fitness adventure can proceed nearly anywhere without interruption.

You don’t have to limit your choices to extravagant and expensive or grungy and affordable, as Australia really does offer you the best of both worlds: extraordinary and down-to-Earth, most especially at Moreton Island.

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