Moreton Island and Bribie Island, QLD: Destination Guide

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For a premium camping adventure close to a capital city you can’t beat Brisbane’s majestic islands. Start 40km from Brisbane, at the spectacular Moreton Island with access to marine life, dunes, sand 4WDing within the space of few kilometres, followed by a short stay at the delightful Bribie Island.

Moreton Island

People Walking On The Sand Dunes At Moreton Island Queensland

Moreton Island ferry

Micat operates the 30km ferry ride from Lytton to the Tangalooma Terminal at Morton Island. You’ll need to get there early if you’re taking a 4WD and caravan or camper trailer. There is limited fuel on the island so make sure you fill up ahead of your trip; you can bring up to 40L in jerries aboard.

Visit www.moretonislandadventures.com.au for information on the Micat ferry.

Moreton Island accommodation

All of Moreton Island’s campsites have something special to offer but for a short stay, few provide the diversity and access to adventure of the pretty Yellow Patch camping area in the northwest. Fourteen sites varying in privacy, size, shade, and level of access to inlets offer themselves as an oasis allsorts and all within walking distance of the beach.

If you want to stay on the mainland, find holiday park accommodation near Brisbane.

Snorkelling

Dipping into the Moreton Island underwater spoils of the Tangalooma Wrecks — an artificial reef minutes off the beach — is a must. Snorkelling in the clear shallow water around the wrecks you’ll spot plenty of big pelagics and your imagination will be in overdrive as you consider the adventures the ships had seen in their heyday. Tangalooma Resort’s dive centre runs snorkel trips that are open to all — not just resort guests. While you’re there try your hand at sandboarding The Desert.

4WDing

4wd Driving Along The Sand On A Beach

Time is dictated by the tides on Moreton Island so observe the tides before setting out in your 4WD on the beach. The rock pools of North Point and Honeymoon Bay to the east offer a pleasant contrast and are on the way to the fascinating Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

This sandstone structure is a relic in the true sense of the word: commissioned by the NSW Government in 1857 before Queensland was declared a state, it remains in operation today. If you are lucky you may even be able to spot some wildlife frolicking nearby in the warm Coral Sea.

Braydon Beach is a lovely stretch of coast on the island’s east and is prime for an afternoon of 4WDing, but if you throw your togs and snorkelling gear into the fourbie you can meander the west coast over the Dog Creek River, and investigate the Bulwer Wrecks. Three wrecks form a breakwater for the Bulwer fishing outpost, which is now a thriving reef system for local marine life.

Bribie Island

Bribie Island ferry

The Beach And Coastline At Bribie Island Queensland

Micat operates at least two afternoon services to Brisbane daily, the last one usually departing at low tide after the dolphins have come in to feed at the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort.

You’ll need to be on the 3.30pm service, however, if you are to make it to the Bribie Island Caravan Park in reasonable time.

Once you’ve disembarked the ferry, make your way onto Bruce Highway and turn off onto Bribie Island Road.

Bribie Island accommodation

Compared to the isolation at the Yellow Patch campgrounds, a stay at the Bribie Island Caravan Park in Woorim on the south side of Bribie Island feels decidedly civilised: once you’ve set up camp a hot steaming shower after two days camping in bush is the first port of call.

There are plenty of pleasant grassy sites to unfurl your canvas and a generous, open camp kitchen keeps meal times simple.

If you feel like stretching your legs, head 200m from the caravan park and walk along the Ocean Beach access track along Freshwater Creek for views of the surrounding islands.

The three-and-a-half star Top Tourist Park prefers to take two-day bookings over the weekend, but if you plan your stay for a Monday evening and call ahead, you should be fine.

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