Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published May 14th 2020
Visit an island paradise within 150Km of Brisbane
Social isolation restrictions in Queensland due to COVID19 included the closure of Moreton Island near Brisbane to visitors. However, from Saturday 16 May 2020 Moreton Island will once again be open to day visitors.
Looking down on the Micat Ferry's landing area on Moreton Island
To celebrate the reopening, Micat Ferries have implemented strict safety measures that will support people living within 150Km of Moreton Island (including people in Brisbane as well as most people from the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast) to visit for day trips. This includes limited passenger numbers and increased sanitising of high traffic areas. From 15 May 2020 until the end of June 2020 people who intend to visit Moreton Island with Micat Ferries can book their tickets here using the special promotional code "LOCALHERO". These tickets will be $45 return for adults. Alternatively, boaties will again be allowed to use their private vessels to visit Moreton Island for day trips as well.
Enjoying every minute of the ferry to and from Moreton Island
Once on the island, activities such as kayak and snorkel hire are available from Moreton Island Adventures. The wrecks near Tangalooma are renowned for their excellent snorkeling. Here it is possible to view not only the corals that grow on the shipwrecks but also various brightly coloured fish, turtles, and occasionally dolphins swimming past. Snorkel hire is $35 for all equipment (mask, fins, wetsuit, and gloves), while kayak hire is $35 for 2 people for 90 minutes. More information on this equipment hire during your day trip can be found here.
Coral growing on one of the shipwrecks off Moreton Island
Moreton Island offers stunning views and crystal clear water for swimming in. In addition to the commercial activities above, simply swimming in the shallow waters off the sheltered beach, going for walks along it, or searching for the large starfish that are frequently stranded as the tide recedes are the type of free activity that most South East Queenslanders have been dreaming of during isolation restrictions that confined us to exercise in our local neighbourhoods. Thankfully, from tomorrow, this island paradise will once again be only a 75 minute ferry ride away.