Moreton Bay - Brisbane Tourist Guide

Moreton Bay extends from Caloundra down to the Gold Coast Seaway stretching 125km in length. The bay itself is located around half an hour from Brisbane’s city centre.

These waters are a veritable playground for anglers as there are many fishing adventures for you to take part in.

The bay’s waters are also important for commercial fishing operators who provide seafood, such as the delicious Moreton Bay Bugs, to the market.

There are in total 360 islands in the bay, some have been converted into residential islands like Bribie Island, while others are tourist hot spots like Moreton Island (see below) and North Stradbroke Island. 

Boat Charters

Moreton Bay is protected by three main islands from the Pacific Ocean and is described as lagoonal. These calm, shallow waters with an average depth of 6.8 metres offer scuba divers and snorkelers great visibility. There’s a whole host of charter fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and general tour operators working out of Moreton Bay. 

Moreton Island

Moreton Island WrecksMoreton Island is the world’s third largest sand island and is located around an hour by boat from Moreton Bay. Development has been heavily restricted so that 95% of the Island remains National Park. It’s a great place to get away from the fast pace lifestyle of Brisbane City and its fun water and land activities make it a great destination for tourists.

You can easily spend quite a few days lazing in one of the few Moreton Island resorts, swim in the calm waters, snorkel, go sand toboganning and bushwalk through the park and visit the oldest lighthouse in Queensland.

Moreton Island is also one of the only places in the world where you can hand feed wild dolphins. From Tangalooma Resort you can watch these beautiful creatures play in the waters and come in each day for a snack which you can feed to them.

As development has been capped on the island there are limited accommodation choices.  Take a look at the options we’ve listed and stay for a few or as many days as you like on Moreton Island.

Tours & Cruises to Moreton Island

Tangalooma Resort - Moreton Island Day Cruise with Optional Dolphin Feeding

Tangalooma Day Cruise

Book nowEscape to spectacular Moreton Island for the day and relax on the beach at Tangalooma Resort. You'll cruise across Moreton Bay, and when you reach Moreton Island you can do as you please. Maybe you'll relax, shop and dine, or hit the great outdoors and go sand tobogganing, snorkeling, parasailing the choice is up to you.

Cost: from $95
Duration: approx 10 hours
Schedule: Daily from 9am

 

2 Day Tangalooma Dolphin Resort & Dolphin Feeding Tour

Tangalooma Day Cruise

Book nowHand feed the wild dolphins when they visit in the evening. Explore Moreton Island National Park or simply relax. An enjoyable couple of days for everybody. You can enjoy activities such as 4WD Eco tours, Quad bike tours, Snorkeling, Diving, Parasailing, and Sand tobogganing down 50m sand hills! Tangalooma is perfect for those who want a short escape to an island paradise just 1 hour from Brisbane City.

Cost: from $325
Duration: 2 days, 1 night
Schedule: Daily from 9am (return the next day at 6pm)

 

Moreton Island Snorkel & Sand Boarding 4WD Day Trip from Brisbane

Tangalooma Day Cruise

Book nowEnjoy an adrenalin-filled adventure including two of Moreton Island's most popular activities on a 4WD day trip from Brisbane. Your action-packed day includes sand boarding down the sand dunes, as well as snorkeling amongst the Tangalooma Shipwrecks.

Cost: from $165
Duration: approx 11 hours
Schedule: Daily from 7am

More Tours & Activities at Moreton Island

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Accommodation on Moreton Island

Tangalooma Island Resort

Tangalooma Island Resort

More InfoPrice: $220 to $430 AUD
Tangalooma

Surrounded by crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and untouched national parks, this resort on Moreton Island, offers a variety of water sports and a chance to view wild dolphins. Tangalooma offers a range of accommodation styles, each set amidst the landscaped gardens and natural bushland, most with water views. The resort can arrange many day tours and activities, including desert safari tours, snorkelling experiences, quad bike tours and helicopter joy flights. Dining highlights include Tursiops buffet restaurant and Fire & Stone Restaurant. Alternatively, take in the views over Moreton Bay while enjoying meals cooked to order from the beach side café. Tangalooma Island Resort is a 75-minute boat ride from Brisbane.