Moreton Island is famous for being one of the largest sand islands in the world, and is located 40 kilometres from Brisbane. It has a fragile and complex ecology of flora and fauna that have adapted well to the poor nutrient content of the island’s sandy soil. The constantly changing shape of the island has outlined Moreton Bay’s eastern boundary, along with the South Stradbroke and North Stradbroke islands, hence forming a large, shallow, yet biologically diverse water expanse.
More than 170000 visitors arrive annually for Moreton Island tours and holidays. Moreton Island is one of the top choices for tourists as it boasts an enormous national park and a few rocky headlands, making it an outstanding destination for nature lovers. Various extreme activities can be experienced here, including eco tours that traverse rough sand tracks and pass through the eucalyptus jungle into the desert. The history of the island as well as its plants and animals can be learnt along the way.
The awesome experience of sand surfing, which is available in only a few other places around the world, is one of the more famous activities you can find on Moreton Island day tours. On Moreton Island’s large sand dunes, surfers can achieve speeds of up to 50 kph.
Another interesting feature of Moreton Island tours is dolphins. Apart from soaking up the sun on the island all day, tourists will have the opportunity to take part in the fantastic experience of feeding wild dolphins, which takes place at sunset. Visitors can look forward to seeing 5-8 wild bottlenose dolphins swimming around Tangalooma to accept fish from volunteer feeders. Guided by Dolphin Care team members, the dolphins are fed 10-20% of their daily-required food intake to ensure they don’t become lazy about hunting their own food or too reliant on human aid.
Factors such as low pollution and minimal disturbance of the coastal environment have led to Moreton Island becoming home to a variety of marine species. Tangalooma Wrecks is a haven for fish and a heavenly sight for snorkelers and scuba divers. With gear and equipment included in packages available with Moreton Island tours, snorkelers can look forward to beautiful coral formations, reef fish, and marine life, while divers will spot a variety of interesting and unique invertebrates like sponges, urchins, coral growth, and brightly coloured nudi branches.
Moreton Island is highly recommended for nature lovers. More importantly, the breathtaking and magnificent scenery on the island helps to bring inner peace, thus making it suitable for those who want to destress and escape from busy metropolitan life.