Discover Moreton Bay

Located just 45 kilometres from the state capital – stretching from Bribie Island in the north to the Southern Bay Islands – the region is a virtually unspoiled outdoor playground, celebrated for its transfixing natural beauty.

The Bay contains close to 360 islands, the best known of which are Moreton Island and Stradbroke Island. 

Surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the World Heritage listed Moreton Park Marine Park, and fringed by the stunning wilderness of Moreton Bay National Park, Moreton Island offers an exceptional variety of unique activities and experiences. 

Wade into the water at the famous Tangalooma Island Resort and hand feed bottlenose dolphins. Snorkle amid the coral, turtles, stingrays and fish that call the colourful marine sanctuary of Flinders Reef home. Pull on a wetsuit and dive the scuttled ship wreaks that form a breakwall on the landward side of the Island. 

Sand toboggan down 70-metre high sand dunes. Four wheel drive through immense bushlands. Swim in the pure waters Blue Lagoon. Or witness dugongs in their natural habitat as they feed on the seagrass of the Island’s western coastline. 

South of Moreton Island, Stradbroke Island also greets visitors with stunning natural beauty and a relaxed coastal atmosphere. 

North Stradbroke Island is home to dazzling beaches, freshwater lakes, sleepy fishing villages, rich indigenous heritage and unpretentious locals. Separated from the north island by the Jumpinpin Channel, South Stradbroke Island is less developed, and hosts campsites, eco resorts, unsealed roads and wild wallabies.

There’s no better time to visit Moreton Bay than from June to November. As the weather cools down, the Marine Park becomes one of the world's best whale watching areas. A number of local operators run whale-watching tours within the Moreton Bay regions, where guests can view the ocean’s majestic giants in their natural habitat. 

Words by Alice Nash - Published 6 May 2013
Quick Facts 
Population Approx 1.9 million
Area 1326.8 km2
Time Zone GMT +10
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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