How do you get to Moreton Island?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: April 12, 2022

Reading time: 3 mins

Moreton Island is, without any doubt, one of Australia’s ultimate adventure islands. This giant sandy outcrop is home to diving, sandboarding, surfing, wildlife watching and so much more, making it the perfect place to get the adrenaline pumping just off the coast of sunny Brisbane!

Given its close proximity to one of Australia’s biggest cities, you’re in no shortage of options for getting out to Moreton Island.

Transport options include:

  • 4WD ferry: As Moreton Island is a sand island, it’s natural that the only vehicles that can handle its wavy terrain are 4WDs. There are daily 4WD ferries that operate between the Port of Brisbane and Moreton Island;
  • Pedestrian ferry: But hey, if you don’t have a 4WD – don’t worry! You can also catch the Tangalooma Resort Passenger Launch which will take you there in no time.
  • Private boat: Of course, if you have your own boat, you will have no problems getting out to this gorgeous island in your own time!

Once you get there, it’s time for a splash of outrageously fun adventure, with the following activities sure to get your heart pumping as well some to inspire your love for nature:


Did we mention that Moreton Island is a giant sand island? Yeah, we did, and so you can be sure that sandboarding is one of the most exhilarating activities you can enjoy there!

Jump aboard and speed down the giant dunes at speeds of up to 60km/h if you’re up to that much of a thrill – trust us – it’s pretty fun…


Moreton Island is home to a series of shipwrecks designed to create a breakwall for smaller boats pulling up at the island, and nowadays those wrecks are one of the best spots to go snorkelling this side of the Great Barrier Reef!

You are sure to come across any number of tropical fish swimming amongst the wrecks, as well as some truly vibrant hard coral, making it a fabulous snorkelling experience so close to shore.

Dolphin feeding

Moreton Island is an animal-lover’s paradise and a paradise for said animals, the most famous of which is the charismatic dolphin, who knows exactly where to go to get itself a nighttime feed – the Tangalooma Resort.

Yes, the island’s dolphin population swim up to shore every night for a cheeky meal, and you can partake in it too by purchasing the dolphin feeding package when you book your Tangalooma Resort Passenger Launch ferry.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.