Route: Moreton Island Circumnavigation (QLD, Australia)

Location
Queensland, AU
Description

Submitted by Andrew Gills:

Moreton Island is the third largest sand island in the world. It is 32km (20 miles) off the Brisbane coast and is visible most days from the mainland. The island can be visited by 4WD (All-terrain) vehicle. It is accessible by ferry to Tangalooma Resort or The Wrecks.

The 90km loop can be run in either direction and from either ferry drop off point. The northern and southern ends of the island must be passed at low tide due to hazards that make the beach impassable at high tide. At the southern end, these hazards include fallen trees and Mirabell Lagoon. At the northern end, the main hazard is the Heath Island creek crossing.

The south-western beach is always impassable due to mangrove swamp but a soft sandy 4WD track follows the coast. This is an acceptable route.

Cape Moreton is impassable on the coast. A soft sandy 4WD track with 20% grade crossed the headland from the eastern beach to North Point Campground. This is an acceptable route to follow.

Bring water to the island because none is available at Tangalooma Resort for non-residents. You cannot even buy it. There are water bores at most camps on the island including Rous Battery, Eagers Beach and North Point Campground. Treat before drinking because there was recently an ecoli outbreak on the island associated with the bore water. Water can also be purchased at The Gutter Bar in Kooringal Township (when it is open) and at Bulwer shop (if it is open). Kooringal and Bulwer are only open during daytime hours.

This route is all on sand. There is no relief. The sand is mostly soft. This is not a run on hard packed low tide sand.

Vehicles drive on the beaches. Be ware as they see it as a road not a walkway. High visibility gear is recommended at night.

GPS Track