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Moreton Island - Tangalooma

The Gem of South East Queensland. Take a 75 minute ferry ride across Moreton Bay from Brisbane to discover the third largest sand island in the word - Moreton Island.


Without doubt, one of the highlights of this magical destination is the chance to hand-feed the wild bottlenose dolphins. Dolphins have been regularly visiting the Tangalooma jetty since the early 1980s. Hand feeding started in early 1992 and has continued to grow since that time.

Toboggan down giant sand dunes.

Grab your snorkel and goggles and spend time with the colourful creatures and ship wrecks under the sea. The crystal clear waters, and consistent water temperature, make this an ideal snorkelling destination.

Find a little patch of beach heaven and soak up the Queensland sun – just don’t forget to slip, slop, slap!

Spot Australia’s best known humpback whale, Migaloo. Migaloo was first spotted in 1991 and his arrival every year since still brings a smile to the face of most Queenslanders.

Best time of year to visit

Moreton Island is simply stunning all year, however summer to autumn see the highest number of visitors due to the promise of warm weather and sunny, blue skies.

In the ‘winter’ time you still find spectacular camping, mild weather and consistent water temperatures.

Cape Moreton is a well known spot to watch for migrating whales during June to November.


Moreton Island boasts a tropical climate, with an average maximum of 28 ℃ during summer and 20 ℃ in the winter months. Minimum temperatures are also consistent and it is rare for the mercury to drop below 13 ℃ even in the middle of winter.

Being an island, wind and tides may impact on your plans. For your safety, be sure to check forecasts and tide details.

Moreton Island – Tangalooma – The Gem of South East Queensland

Take a 75 minute ferry ride across Moreton Bay from Brisbane to discover the third largest sand island in the word – Moreton Island. The island was named by Matthew Flinders in 1799, however European settlement did not occur until a pilot station was established 1848.

Moreton Island has a varied and interesting past. Due to the large number of shipwrecks around the island, Queensland’s first lighthouse was erected in 1857, with four more being built since the 1860s.

It was also the site of Queensland’s only whaling station, hunting and harvesting humpback whales between 1952 and 1962. Tangalooma Island Resort now stands at the site, where you will find some parts of the station still in tact.

The island became an important defence post for both the Australian Army and Navy during WWII. At its peak, over 900 troops were stationed on the island to man the anti-aircraft guns and mine control buildings.

With its perfect weather, excellent fishing, snorkelling and surfing and vast stretches of sand to discover Moreton Island has become a haven for history buffs, nature lovers and four wheel driving enthusiasts.

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