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by Sharon Higson (subscribe)
60 and still adventuring !!
Published August 14th 2016
Moreton Island, a place to play
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.

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Driving on Moreton!


Make sure before you go, you book the ferry, get your 4x4 permit to drive on the island and pick a destination where you want to stay.

There are several beach locations to camp and some of the campgrounds have showers and toilets.

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Views from a villa!


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.

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What you see from Mt Tempest!


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.

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The lighthouse!


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.

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the stunning Honeymoon Bay!


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.



The Wrecks is a great place to snorkel and the Desert is an amazing place to sand toboggan, just make sure you are fit because once you go down you have to come back up.

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The Desert!


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.

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waiting to leave from The Wrecks!


The blue of the sky, the myriad greens of the ocean and the endless sand are an artist's dream and a day dreamer's paradise so why not come and play?
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