Your Guide to Brisbane's Aquatic Playground

Explore the aquatic playground and marine sanctuary that is Moreton Bay and Islands, encompassing 125km of stunning blue waters from Bribie Island in the north to the Southern Bay Islands of the Redlands.

Brimming with natural wonders and home to two of the world’s largest sand islands – Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island – this diverse paradise is famous for its white sandy beaches, rugged coastlines and array of outdoor activities.

Nature lovers will be inspired to explore the assortment of habitats from the playful ocean life to the soaring sand dunes and abundant wetlands. Activities on offer include sailing and cruising, snorkelling, sand tobogganing, four-wheel driving, bushwalking and more.

Tangalooma ship wrecks on Moreton Island

Moreton Island

So close to Brisbane, Moreton Island is one of the world’s greatest natural playgrounds. Surrounded on one side by crystal clear, turquoise waters and wild, surf beaches on the other, Moreton has something for everyone. Crystal clear creeks and lagoons are perfect for just lazing about in. For adrenalin junkies, get your fix scaling Mt Tempest, the world’s tallest stabilised sand dune, quad-biking, surfing or snorkelling and diving the Tangalooma Wrecks.

Insider Tip: No trip to Moreton Island is complete without a spot of sand tobogganing. Race at high speeds down Moreton’s rolling dunes in The Desert with Moreton Bay Escapes

Family eat ice cream at The Gorge

North Stradbroke Island

Much-loved getaway Straddie, surrounded by endless white, sandy beaches, spectacular headlands and dotted with cafés, restaurants and accommodation, is the perfect place to unwind. Visit Brown Lake to experience pristine natural beauty and freshwater swimming or kayaking. 

Insider Tip: One of the best ways to explore the island paradise and spot its fantastic wildlife is by 4WD. Book in to a 4WD tours with Straddie Kingfisher Tours.

Bribie Island

Bribie Island

Beautiful Bribie evokes holidays of old but it’s no sleepy fishing village. Enjoy shopping centres, coffee shops, great restaurants and modern accommodation in this environmentally protected paradise. With a safe surf beach protected by Moreton Island, it’s the only island connected to the mainland by bridge. Pumiscestone Passage offers great fishing and calm beaches.

Insider Tip: Looking for a day filled with adventure? Get your heart pumping with a paddle or peddle across the Island with 24AT Kayak Adventure Tours.

Southern Moreton Bay Islands

Couple walking along the beach

At the southern reaches of Moreton Bay, Coochiemudlo Island nestles alongside Macleay, Lamb, Karragarra & Russell Islands. Secluded and sheltered, the islands are perfect for a quiet escape. Enjoy safe swimming, shaded picnic areas, fishing, and excellent conditions for water sports.

Insider Tip: While you’re at Coochimudlo Island, head to Coochie Boat Hire for some fun on the water. Glide through the water on an aquabike or stand up paddle board.