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Published January 6th 2021
Kayaking, snorkeling and tobogganing
Throw out all your old beliefs that you need to go overseas or far away for a fun travel adventure! Moreton Island is only a ferry ride away and you can still have the adventure of a lifetime!
This Moreton Island adventure includes snorkeling through the Tangalooma shipwrecks, kayaking in a transparent boat and sand tobogganing down amazing isolate sand dunes!
There's no need to worry about transportation, it's all sorted for you. You can start from either the Gold Coast at 5:45am or from the Brisbane Roma Street bus coach terminal at 7:00am, and the bus takes you straight to the ferry and takes you home again at the end of the day.
The whole day is taken care of for you, they provide flippers, snorkels, wet suits and gloves for the snorkeling portion. There are life jackets available for the kayaking (and snorkeling if you're not a strong swimmer). They also take you to the sand dunes on a bus and provide the boards for tobogganing. There are even sandwiches provided for lunch when you arrive on the island!
It can be a little scary if you've never gone snorkeling before, but there are lots of safeguards and if you're a weak swimmer you're in safe hands! Trust me the view of all the fish and the absolutely amazing underwater experience is worth it! The same goes for the sand tobogganing, it might seem like it's high up but definitely worth the leap of faith. The sand dunes are absolutely beautiful, a picture-perfect spot for an impromptu photoshoot.
Wide open expanses and massive sand dunes to toboggan down
The ferry trip itself is also a whole lot of fun (although it does last for what feels like a very long 90 minutes when you're super excited to reach the island), there's food and drink available (and seasickness tablets if you need it). Sit and relax inside or go up to the top deck and feel the breeze on your face and watch the ocean views.
One thing to remember is the $50 cash for the national park fees (it can be difficult to find an ATM so try not to forget). I would also strongly recommend bringing a whole lot of sunscreen, and a waterproof camera because the photos you can take are simply stunning. Also, bring an extra bottle of water and a hat (but make sure you don't lose it sliding down a sand dune).
So if you're looking for a super fun adventure close to home, Moreton Island should definitely be your next day trip!