Where to stay on Moreton Island

28 October 2015

With seemingly endless white sandy beaches, ship wrecks and reefs to snorkel around, crystal-clear creeks and lagoons and native forests to explore, the temptation of Moreton Island is hard to resist.

If you’re planning to visit, you might as well make a weekend (or a week!) of it. Read on to find out your options for where to stay.

Camping

Woman enjoys lazying in hammock while camping

What better way to experience the sheer beauty of Moreton Island than by camping on sand near the beach? There are five campgrounds on Moreton Island run by the National Parks authority – Blue Lagoon, Ben-Ewa, North Point, The Wrecks and Comboyuro – plus five camping zones. All five campgrounds have toilet and shower facilities, and three allow campfires to be lit. Some are accessible by 4WD, others by boat and one by foot from the barge landing.

A camping permit is required before arriving on the island, and a vehicle permit is required to drive. Treat all water collected on the island before drinking it. Detailed information can be found here.

Interested in camping elsewhere? Read our guide to camping in Brisbane.

Glamping

Find camping too primitive? Get back to nature in a more luxurious way with Castaways. Located in the township of Bulwer, Castaways has nine safari-style tents available to rent that are nestled between giant Melaleuca trees just metres from the beach. You get your own queen-size bed, private ensuite (with a flushing toilet and hot shower!) and verandah to relax on with a glass of wine. Bliss.

Tangalooma Island Resort

Tangalooma Island Resort

With six types of accommodation available, there is plenty of choice for where you’d like to stay at Tangalooma Island Resort. Being the only resort on the island, Tangalooma is a great place for families, couples or friends to relax – hassle free – and enjoy island life. During the day, explore the island and resort’s free or paid activities, and in the evening join the unforgettable wild dolphin feeding at the jetty.

Private Houses

There are a couple of small townships on Moreton Island that have holiday houses to let. These include The Dolph Inn, Seaview and Beachcomber at Bulwer, and Tangalooma Deep Blue and Blue Ocean View Beach House behind Tangalooma Island Resort. These are ideal for large groups wanting to get away for a whole week.

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