Moreton Island's Beaches

the world's third largest sand island- home to some of the worlds best beaches

Moreton Island is famous for its range of iconic beaches just off the coast of Brisbane, with many often being listed as some of the top beaches in Queensland.

Here is our list of Moreton Island's best 'must-visit' beaches:

Tangalooma Beach

Sheltered between Moreton Island and Moreton Bay, the Tangalooma Beach is a beautiful white sandy beach with calm waters, making it inviting for a swim, snorkel, kayak, paddle board or even just floating around on an inflatable flamingo (yes we have seen it). Only a few meters walk from the resort centre providing food and drinks makes Tangalooma a perfect beach for all resort guests alike. Let's not also forget the nightly attendance of a family of wild dolphins, right beside the jetty on Tangalooma beach!

Tangalooma Island Resort beach

Honeymoon Bay

Between the rocky Cape Moreton and North Point lies Moreton Island’s picture perfect Honeymoon Bay. Looking like something from a movie, the hidden picturesque half-moon shaped beach is about 50 metres wide, making it the perfect spot for a refreshing swim after a bush walk, but please be careful - it can be dominated by rips, hidden rocks and large waves.

Moreton Island Honeymoon Bay

Eastern Surf side

Over 25 kilometres of sandy shoreline makes the eastern side of Moreton Island the perfect destination for those looking to catch a wave. Known as the surfside to locals, the continuous beachfront is unsheltered, allowing for some large wave breaks for surfers.

Champagne Pools

The rocky volcanic walls, on Moreton Island, create somewhat sheltered pools along the shoreline. As the waves come over the walls, the water resembles 'champagne' as it trickles down. This in effect creates 'champagne pools' on the beachfront which are constantly refilled as the waves tumble over the top of the rock walls. Be cautious when swimming as larger surprise waves can come over the top with some force!

Moreton Island Champagne Pools

Northern Beaches

With approximately 11 kilometres of shoreline to the north of Moreton Island, the beaches are often pretty safe for swimming however please be aware that the ever changing beachfront can allow for occasional rips.

Bulwer Beach

Usually calm, the beach at Bulwer is popular with local families as it can be quite protected from waves due to couple of shipwrecks close to the edge. A good little alternative to the Tangalooma Wrecks, the wrecks at Bulwer provides visitors with a taste of snorkelling, without having to stray too far from the shoreline.

Cowan Cowan Beach

Not many beaches in the world have a reminder of World War II quite like Cowan Cowan beach. The sandy concrete remains gives visitors a constant reminder that this was once a WW2 bunker. This beach is popular with young families as it is closed off to vehicle traffic, making it a safe place to have a swim and play some beach cricket.

Cowan Cowan

Safety First

The Tangalooma Wrecks are usually only patrolled by lifesavers and lifeguards for about eight weeks a year, usually in the local school holiday period. There are no lifeguards patrolling anywhere on Moreton Island. Please use caution when swimming/surfing as strong currents are often seen around the Tangalooma Wrecks and the surf side of the island and remember it is never a good idea to swim alone.

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