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Cowan Cowan Walk on Moreton Island

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by Cris (subscribe)
I am an Organiser of the Group Hiking South East Qld and More on Meetup. Visit the website at https://www.meetup.com/HikingInSEQLDandMore/ is free to join all the activities posted on the hiking group.
Published July 4th 2021
A walk along a beautiful beach with wrecks, dunes and nature
Moreton Island is beautiful with miles and miles of beaches, sand dunes and many other natural attractions. Moreton Island is the third-largest sand island in the world and it has the most awesome and high coastal dunes. Mt Tempest is 285 m high and provides 360 degrees of breathtaking views.

There are many interesting places on the island reachable by walking. In particular, Fort Cowen Cowen is on the western side of the island. Some of the remains of the fort are sunken in the sand. The tides and sea storms move the sand under the foundation of the fort moving it from the original position. The wind moves the sand too, slowly covering the remains of the fort. Fort Cowan Cowan is an aesthetic outpost along the beach, a landmark that represents a defense line back in WWII. Step back in time when soldiers were dispatched on Moreton Island to defend Australia.

The walk starts at Tangalooma Resort. Once you disembark from the ferry, walk north along the resort and then on the beach. Most of Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) is both a national park and recreation area. Tidal wetlands and waters around the island are protected as part of Moreton Bay Marine Park.

Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane, Swallows, Whale watching, Pelicans, kayaking, Artificial reefs, whale watching, parasailing,
Flowers on the beach silhouetting in the blue sky. Photo by Author.


The walk

The walk is along the beach to Cowan Cowan, starting from Tangalooma Resort. The walk is about 16 km return - allow five hours.

What to bring:

Must have water 2 litres, snacks, hiking gear, a medium hiking backpack, long trousers and shirt with long sleeves are preferable to avoid sun burning, hiking boots or beach sandals, first aid kit, insect repellent, hat, sunscreen, gloves, light raincoat if necessary. Be sun smart!

You need a certain amount of fitness to cope with the length of the walk. Consider that it is a bit harder walking on the sand.

Bring your swimmers to have a swim in the beautiful turquoise sea.

Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane,
The calm waters of Tangalooma welcome us at Moreton Island. Photo by Author.


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There are many swallows making the nest under the Tangalooma jetty. Photo by Author.


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Pelicans resting on the beach at Tangalooma. Photo by Author.


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The sad times of the whaling. Photo by Author.




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The inviting crystal clear water at Tangalooma. Photo by Author.


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A little starfish. Photo by Author.


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Bluebottle, Physalia physalis, is a marine hydrozoan, with numerous nematocysts which deliver a painful and powerful sting. It is also called man-of-war, Portuguese man o'war. Photo by Author.


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Parasailing acclivities. Photo by Author.


Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane, Swallows, Whale watching, Pelicans,
Tangalooma Resort offers many activities including paddle boarding and kayaking. Photo by Author.


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Keep walking on the beach and not far from the shore there are many sunken boats in the sea forming an artificial reef. Photo by Author.


Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane, Swallows, Whale watching, Pelicans, kayaking, Artificial reefs,
The wrecks attract many boats and people. It is always busy around the wrecks in Moreton Bay. Photo by Author.


Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane, Swallows, Whale watching, Pelicans, kayaking, Artificial reefs,
It is fun climbing the dunes and there are great views over the wrecks. Photo by Author.


Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane, Swallows, Whale watching, Pelicans, kayaking, Artificial reefs,
The views of the wrecks from the top of the dune. Between 1963 and 1984, a few old boats were deliberately sunk not far from the shore on the western side of Moreton Island. Corals started to form and the wrecks now provide refuge to many marine creatures including dolphins, wobbegongs and dugongs. Photo by Author.


Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane, Swallows, Whale watching, Pelicans, kayaking, Artificial reefs, whale watching, parasailing,
The majestic humpback whales migrate from Antarctica on their 5,000 km trek to the warm, tropical water up north in June and November. They mate and calf in the warm waters. Photo by Author.


Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane, Swallows, Whale watching, Pelicans, kayaking, Artificial reefs, whale watching, parasailing,
Whales frolicking in the sea. Photo by Author.


Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane, Swallows, Whale watching, Pelicans, kayaking, Artificial reefs, whale watching, parasailing, Bluebottle, Man o'War, Physalia physalis, Hydrozoan, Nematocysts,
On the beach. Photo by Author.


Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane, Swallows, Whale watching, Pelicans, kayaking, Artificial reefs, whale watching, parasailing,
One relict of the Cowan Cowan battery washed out by the sea. Photo by Author.


Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane, Swallows, Whale watching, Pelicans, kayaking, Artificial reefs, whale watching, parasailing,
Relict of the battery on the beach. Photo by Author.


Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane, Swallows, Whale watching, Pelicans, kayaking, Artificial reefs, whale watching, parasailing,
Stairs going down into a room. Photo by Author.


Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane, Swallows, Whale watching, Pelicans, kayaking, Artificial reefs, whale watching, parasailing,
Inside the room of the Fort Cowan Cowan. Photo by Author.


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Outside along a wall of the Fort Cowan Cowan. Photo by Author.


Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane, Swallows, Whale watching, Pelicans, kayaking, Artificial reefs, whale watching, parasailing,
The Group Hiking South East Qld and More posing in front of some remains of the Fort Cowan Cowan. Photo by Author.


Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane, Swallows, Whale watching, Pelicans, kayaking, Artificial reefs, whale watching, parasailing, Bluebottle, Man o'War, Physalia physalis, Hydrozoan, Nematocysts,
The long stretch of beautiful beach at Moreton Island. Photo by Author.


After returning from the walk, if you have booked with Tangalooma, you can have lunch in the resort. Remember to use your voucher in the restaurants available in the resort.

Beach Cafe has a large selection of family meals, including pizza, burgers, salads and light meals.

Beach BBq has chicken, steaks, Barramundi and Moreton Bay Bugs. Relax with a great meal and a delectable wine while enjoying views over the beach.

Stone Restaurant offers Japanese cuisine, including a variety of Sushi Sashimi and noodle soups in a relaxed atmosphere.

Fire offers the guests the opportunity to enjoy traditional spicy Sichuan cuisine.


TANGALOOMA RESORT TRANSFERS

Moreton Island is located 40 km offshore from Brisbane in Moreton Bay. You can travel to the island by ferry, barge or private boat.

You can reach Moreton Island by the passenger ferry services which depart from Holt Street Wharf in Pinkenba, Brisbane and arrive at the Tangalooma Jetty on Moreton Island. Travelling time is just 75 minutes each way. Total $89.00.

Includes:

Return boat cruise across Moreton Bay marine park
Island lunch voucher ($20 per adult, $15 per child)
Full use of resort facilities including swimming pools, restaurants and bar
Eco Ranger show (Pelican Feeding)
Day pass access to the resort
1 x tea, coffee, or soft drink per guest on launch transfer

Adult (15 ) 1 x $89.00 ea
Child (3-14) 1 x $49.00 ea
www.tangalooma.com/)


There is another ferry, The Micat, that departs from 14 Howard Smith Dr, Port Of Brisbane. The Micat operates on a demand-based timetable. The price is an average of about $70.00.
(https://bookings.moretonislandadventures.com.au/ferry-booking)

Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane, Swallows, Whale watching, Pelicans, kayaking, Artificial reefs, whale watching, parasailing, Bluebottle, Man o'War, Physalia physalis, Hydrozoan, Nematocysts,
Beautiful colourful flowers at Tangalooma Resort. Photo by Author.



A bit of history of Fort Cowan Cowan

Fort Cowan Cowan was part o a network of artillery installations designed to defend Brisbane and Moreton Bay from possible attack by the sea. Fort Cowan Cowan was completed in 1937 and contributed to the coastal defense of Queensland in WWII.

The fort's main armament consisted of two BL6 inch Mk XI naval guns. The fort included the gun emplacements, command tower, observation post, engine room, pump house, jetty, well, mess rooms, washrooms, latrines, equipment stores and water services.

Fort Cowan Cowan took over the role of an Examination Battery from Fort Lytton. On 4 June 1942, a Japanese submarine was sighted off Moreton Island. This submarine was later identified as one of the vessels involved in the midget submarines attack in Sydney Harbour on 31st May 1942.

Fort Cowan Cowan is heritage-listed and the place is important in showing the pattern of Queensland history. Fort Cowan Cowan was important being part of the defense in the Moreton Bay region during WWII. It also shows the evolution in Queensland's coastal defense, which started in the 1880s with the construction of Fort Lytton at the mouth of the Brisbane River.

Fort Cowan Cowan is rare evidence of a WWII battery complex showing how it was constructed and its role in the defense of the coast.

Cowan Cowan Walk, Fort Cowan Cowan, Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Bay, WWII, Escape the Fake, Micat, Ferry to Moreton Island, Moreton Island, Brisbane, Fort Lytton, Queensland, Cowan Cowan Battery, Port of Brisbane, Swallows, Whale watching, Pelicans, kayaking, Artificial reefs,
Flowers growing on the sand. Photo by Author.






Reference

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Cowan_Cowan

www.ozatwar.com/ozatwar/cowancowan.htm

www.tangalooma.com/location-transport/moreton-island-ferry-resort-schedule

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/gheebulum-coonungai-moreton-island/about

https://bookings.moretonislandadventures.com.au/ferry-booking

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_man_o'_war

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/gheebulum-coonungai-moreton-island/maps-resources
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Where: Moreton Island, 40 km from Brisbane by ferry
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Another great walk Cris. Also great photos and the history of the area was absorbing as it helps to appreciate where you are.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4474) 511 days ago
Looks a great place to visit and walk. Nice pics. I will certainly think about going there in the warmer months. Thanks and Cheers.
by telor (score: 2|228) 501 days ago
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