Photo Essay: Exploring Moreton Island’s beautiful top end
One of the largest sand islands in the world, 38km long Moreton Island is one of South East Queensland’s natural treasures. Moreton is 98 per cent National Park and provides a wilderness experience only 35km from the centre of Brisbane. There are magnificent bay or surf beaches, salt water rock pools and lagoons, stunning lakes and freshwater streams ideal for swimming. The Island is an anglers’ favourite with both calm water and surf fishing on offer and is also a popular location amongst snorkelers and divers. Bushwalkers will delight in the wilderness feel of Moreton with several interesting routes available while naturalists and birdwatchers will discover an island paradise with abundant marine and wildlife and over 120 bird species. We recently spent a weekend exploring Moreton’s ruggedly beautiful northern end, here’s a taste of its stunning natural beauty.
Looking south along the Ocean Beach from Cape Cliff.
Eroded coloured sand cliffs at Cape Cliff.
There are very few sealed roads on this magnificent sand island; Moreton really is 4WD-only territory.
Honeymoon Bay is one of the nicest beaches on the island for a swim.
On a clear day, the volcanic remnants of the Glasshouse Mountains are visible on the horizon.
The rocky cliffs are eroding, tumbling large chunks of rock into the sea.
One of the secluded beaches of the island’s northern end, only accessible on foot or by boat.
A white-bellied sea eagle’s nest perched high on a rocky headland.
Gorgeous Boulders beach, where you can feel like a modern day ‘castaway’.
Rocky Cape Moreton is one of the windiest places in Queensland.
The 23 metre-tall Cape Moreton lighthouse is Queensland’s oldest, built from locally quarried sandstone in 1857.
A flock of pelicans cruising the island’s north east coast at sunset.
Moreton Island Adventures’ MI Cat departs the Port of Brisbane for a leisurely 75 minute cruise across Moreton Bay to land you on the beach at the Tangalooma Wrecks. Visit the Moreton Island Adventures website for details http://www.moretonislandadventures.com.au