Beach On Moreton Island

TOP MORETON BAY BOATING DESTINATIONS

Moreton Bay is a popular boating destination located 14km from central Brisbane, Queensland. Aside from cruising crystal-clear blue waters and enjoying white sand beaches, the region also offers a wide variety of activities. You can discover historically significant places, swim alongside abundant marine life and explore diverse landscapes of the national parks.

These experiences will make your boating expedition worthwhile. If you’re planning a trip in the nearby future, here are my top five Moreton Bay boating destinations.

TANGALOOMA ISLAND RESORT

One of the best Moreton Bay boating destinations is Tangalooma Island Resort, which is located on the western side of Moreton Island. The main attraction of this resort accommodation is the Tangalooma Shipwrecks — a cluster of 15 ships that were scuttled beginning in the ‘60s up until the ‘80s. Corals have formed in and around the wrecks, and it’s now home to tropical fish, dolphins, wobbegongs and dugongs. The wrecks also provide safe anchorage for recreational boaters. After you drop your anchor, you can go on a dinghy or kayak to see the wrecks up close. Swimming, snorkelling, diving and riding a sea scooter are other ways to see the wrecks up close.

MORETON ISLAND

Moreton Island is located 58km northeast of Brisbane. Aside from the Tangalooma Shipwrecks, other areas of the island are also popular among boaters. Lucinda Bay is an alternative anchorage for when there are too many boats along the Tangalooma Shipwrecks.

Meanwhile, Sand Hills is also popular for overnight anchorage due to its turquoise water and abundant marine life. It also provides adequate protection from the wind. Fishing and tobogganing down sand dunes are some of the activities in the area.

Days Gutter, on the other hand, offers deep water anchorage with sandbanks that provide adequate protection. Stop by the iconic Gutter Bar for a cold drink and their seafood platter.

ST HELENA ISLAND

St Helena Island is located 21km east of Brisbane. There’s a lot of room for anchorage, so boaters can spend the day on the island. You’ll see a lot of Australian native animals, migratory seabirds, landscaped gardens and vine forests. The island, which is protected by the St Helena Island National Park, has historical significance. It used to be a maximum security prison for men. You can join guided tours to see the ruins of Queensland’s first penal settlement. There are also walking tracks and picnic areas on the island.

NORTH STRADBROKE ISLAND

North Stradbroke Island is located 30km southeast of Brisbane. It’s notable for being the world’s second largest sand island. The island is also known for its white sandy beaches and freshwater lakes. You can swim, surf and fish on One Mile Beach. There’s also whale watching, snorkelling and scuba diving. While on your boat, you’ll be able to see dolphins, manta rays and turtles in the water.

PEEL ISLAND

Peel Island is located 32 km east of Brisbane. The small island used to be a leper colony, and you’ll still see remnants of its heritage as you walk through the national park. Horseshoe Bay, located on the southern side of Peel Island, serves as the main anchorage. A lot of boaters decide to stay here overnight because it’s a protected waterway. Horseshoe Bay has clear water and a white sandy beach so you can go swimming and snorkelling, among other water-themed activities. Platypus Wreck can be found on the southeastern part of Peel Island.

These five Moreton Bay boating destinations are some of the most stunning places you can visit in the region, and definitely locations my family loves. They’re a haven for boaters as they provide safe anchorage and a wide variety of both water-themed and land-based activities. Some of the boating destinations even have historical significance to Queensland. If this is the kind of boating experience you’re looking for, you’ll definitely have a fun time on Moreton Bay just like I do with my family.

 


 

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Martin White
martinw@dinga.com.au

Martin is huge on everything outdoors and is even bigger on driving and technology. He loves boats, new stuff and writing about it.