Moreton Bay Island is a real city escape, located off the coast of Brisbane
and accessible by vehicular barge. It is 4WDer's heaven with no sealed roads and sand driving all the way. A great place to enjoy unspoilt beaches, fishing, swimming and an island that is still 98% national park.
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Permits must be sought prior to landing on Moreton Island. All vehicles must have a current Moreton Island RAM (Recreation
Areas Management) vehicle access permit, purchased before entering the island and fixed to the lower left side of the windscreen. Unregistered vehicles are not permitted on Moreton Island.
Fees valid from 1 July 2009
Ensure you obtain your permit before entering a recreation
area. Permits may be purchased online.
Moreton Island Recreation Area
- 1 month - $38.25
- 1 year - $191.50
They can be purchased from most Qld National Parks Office or on-line or by phone (see above). If you book by phone or on-line, you will be given a reference number and you will still need to call in to a National Parks office to actually pick up your Permit.
For Moreton Island, Vehicle Entry Permits can also be purchased from the barge operators, which is probably the simplest method.
Before camping in a park, forest or similar reserve, you must obtain a camping permit and pay your camping fees.
Camping fees are $5.00 per person per night or $20.00 per family per night. A family group is up to two adults and accompanying children under 18, up to a total of eight people. Children under five are free.
School children on approved excursions are charged $2.75 each.
You can purchase permits for Moreton Island on the Queensland
Parks and Wildlife Service website or click here
to go there directly.
Things to See & Do
Sand driving, fishing, swimming and great scenery
Fuel Supplies & Usage
||Diesel||4cyl 16 litres
||ULP||4cyl 18 litres
||LPG||4cyl 22 litres|
|6cyl 17 litres||6cyl 20 litres||6cyl 20 litres|
|8cyl 17 litres||8cyl 19 litres|
There is no longer any fuel available on Moreton Island. If you are bringing your 4WD over you will need to bring fuel with you. You can buy fuel at Kooringal and limited amounts from the MiCat barge.
Services & Supplies
The following locations have various services and supplies: Bulwer
There is also supplies available at Kooringal.
Camp Sites & Accommodation
It is also advisable to collect your own firewood beforehand as there is no firewood collection on the island for environmental reasons. Alternatively, carry a fuel stove.
Moreton Bay Island has its fair share of history. Once occupied by the Ngugi Aboriginal people, European settlement
began in 1848 with the building of a pilot station near Bulwer. This was followed by a lighthouse positioned on top of the cliffs at Cape Moreton, which is still standing and in operation today. During World Wars I and II, Moreton Island became an important part of protection for Brisbane
from enemy ships. Ruins of the gun emplacements and fortifications built during the war can still be found at Cowan Cowan and Toompani Beach. Queensland
's only whaling station was also built on Moreton Island and remains of the station can still be found at Tangalooma Resort. Like Fraser Island
, Moreton Bay was subject to sand mining (on a smaller scale), which ended in 1992 when the mining leases were added to the Moreton Island National Park