Departing from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, your 2-day tour of Moreton Island provides exciting outdoor activities, as well as time to just enjoy the relaxing coastal atmosphere. Your experienced guide is on hand to show you the best of the island and tell you about the marine life and island features you can expect to see.
Overnight accommodation options (select when booking):Standard backpacker
Includes a bunk bed at the Castaways Resort. The dorm room has an outdoor area with cover where you can convene for a few evening drinks. It's situated next to the campfire meeting place.
Beach house unitFor a more serene stay at the rustic Castaways Resort, choose the beach house unit that includes a private bedroom with shared bathroom, lounge, kitchen and balcony area. Ideal for couples, singles and friends on a budget.
For the most exclusive and sought-after accommodation option at Castaways Resort, try 'glamorous camping,' known as glamping. Enjoy all the joys of camping without the discomfort; each tent includes your own private bathroom with toilet, hot shower, basin and a private balcony. A variety of double and twin-share beds are available, as well as four beds for families.
Day 1: Brisbane or Gold Coast – Moreton Island (L, D)
After pickup by 4WD coach in the morning from either the Gold Coast or Brisbane, travel with your guide to the ferry for the 75-minute journey across Moreton Bay. Capture picturesque views, and enjoy cafe and bar amenities on board, if you wish (own expense).
When you arrive on the island, start your day of outdoor activities. Check out the Tangalooma Wrecks, which were intentionally formed from 15 old ships as a breakwater to create a safe diving spot. Head into the bay on a guided snorkeling tour to see spiny corals, dolphins, tropical reef fish and up to six species of sea turtles. Not the best swimmer? Grab a transparent bodyboard instead, and float carefree in search of the marine life; alternatively, stay dry and simply soak up the sun on the white-sand beach. Then share your stories of your underwater adventure over a picnic lunch on the beach.
After lunch, explore the wonders of the reef around the Tangalooma Wrecks in a transparent kayak. With your guide, admire an awesome array of fish as they whiz under the see-through bottom of your kayak. Next, continue your island fun inland with a wild sandboarding ride down the sand dunes at speeds up to 44 mph (70 kph). Then head back to Tangalooma Beach to cool off with a swim, and as dusk approaches, get ready to watch the sunset over Moreton Bay.
Check into the resort, and settle into your selected accommodation option. Enjoy dinner at the resort then you have the rest of the night to spend at your leisure, unless you've opted to include the nighttime kayaking tour (additional expense). If so, you'll head to the water after dark, and hop into your transparent kayak outfitted with a brilliant LED light that illuminates the water beneath you. This memorable experience allows you peer into the dark ocean from the safety and comfort of your kayak. Glide over the Tangalooma Wrecks, and see neon coral, tropical fish, turtles and other marine life as you paddle across the clear water.
Overnight: Your selected category of accommodation at Castaways Resort
Day 2: Moreton Island – Brisbane or Gold Coast (B, L) Following breakfast, explore the island on a tour by 4WD vehicle. Visit pristine Eastern Surf Beach, and check out the effervescent Champagne Pools, where you can hop in for a cool dip. Continue to enchanting Honeymoon Bay and North Point, and capture panoramic views of Moreton Island's vibrant blue waters. Then it’s onward to Cape Moreton, where you’ll see Queensland’s oldest lighthouse. From atop this lookout, watch for sea life such as manta rays, sharks and maybe even humpback whales (best seen May to November).
Enjoy a casual picnic lunch amid this beautiful scenery, and then stop at Blue Lagoon for a freshwater swim. Finally, take a drive through the bushland, with plenty more beach views, as you head back to the ferry for the air-conditioned cruise back to Brisbane or the Gold Coast, where your 2-day tour ends.