One of the best things about going to Moreton Island is to drive your 4 x 4 off the ferry onto the sand. In fact, all roads on Moreton are sand and can only be accessed by 4x4. Also, know that wherever else you go, this will be that place that makes you feel like you are worlds away from home even if you live in Brisbane, which you can see across the bay.
We decided to pick a villa at Tangalooma Resort as we prefer to camp in the spring and summer. You can drive from the Micat Ferry the kilometre down the beach and enter the resort parking lot. This allows you a place to stay that has an amazing view, a warm bed and a starting place every day with which to plan your trip. Choose your accommodation carefully though as our villa was privately owned, had not seen a good cleaning in quite some time and was in need of repair. You do, however, get access to all that the resort offers, including dining, coffee, kayaking, dolphin feeding and tours, if you choose.
Moreton is a small island and easy to drive around. The roads across the island are beautiful, were built by the American army in World War 11 and make it easy to cross from one side to the other.
Mount Tempest is the highest point on the island and affords views to the lighthouse. You can park at the bottom and hike the 2 1/2 kilometres round trip, bring a camera and water as you will want to spend a bit of time up there. The hike is incredible and lined with native shrubs and trees, occupied by near invisible tiny birds, with the sweetest sounds.
If you drive north along the Eastern Beach, you can reach the lighthouse with its stunning iron encrusted rock formations. Stay and play on the beach first for a while, then take the drive up to the parking lot where you can wander and take in the history of the place. There are burial sites of the lighthouse keeper's family and some of their history.
Then make way to North Point and sit on the rocks by Honeymoon Bay. Here again, you could spend hours relaxing and watching the waves crash and spray. The beaches and sand on Moreton Island are incredibly photogenic, a great place to picnic and frolic and hang out with the family.
It is good to know that Easter on Moreton is the busiest time of the year and things will fill up quickly. It is costly to get on the ferry, but certainly worth it if you only do it every once in a while.