Moreton Bay Marine Park

"Moreton Bay, stretching 125km from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast, is one of Queensland's most important natural, recreational, cultural and economic resources."
(Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service August 1998)
The Moreton Island Experience
map of Moreton Bay

This Marine Park was declared in 1993 and increased in 1997 to encompass most of Moreton Bay's tidal lands and waters. The bay is protected to the east by three large sand islands, Moreton Island and North and South Stradbroke Islands, and to the North by Bribie Island. Within the Marine Park there are other islands such as St Helena, Peel, Coochiemudlo, Macleay, and Russle, which are more typical of the main land. There are also four islands which are the remains of coral atolls, Mud, Green, King and Bird.

Queensland National Parks and Wildlife have the prime responsibility to mange the Marine Park. Management of the Marine Park provides a balance between human needs and the need to conserve the Bays special values. QNPW has a zoning system implemented which allows multiple uses for the Bay.

Moreton Bay provides an important protection area for a great diversity of animals. The bay is one of the most important breeding areas for the increasingly rare Dugong. There are special protection zones within the Park for Turtles and Dugongs to be free of boat traffic. The Bay is also an important site for migrating birds. Every year during our summer months we are visited by over 50,000 wading birds who gain strength and reserves for their migration to the Arctic Circle during our winter. For its crucial role, Moreton Bay has been listed under the United Nations Convention on Wetlands of International Importance.

The Bay is a large shallow expanse of water. Navigation through these water ways require a great deal of care and boating experience. Due to the shallowness of the bay it can become quite treacherous in strong winds.

scenic west coast

Moreton Island National Park

Moreton Island is part of the Great Sandy Region, which stretches from Byron Bay to the tip of Fraser Island. The Great Sandy Region is the highest concentration of sand Islands in the world. Moreton Island is the only island in the region which has escaped major disturbance from logging or sand mining. The Island appears now much the same as 6000 years ago.


The island is approximately 38km long and 10km at its widest point. Apart from some volcanic rock formations in the North at Cape Moreton the island is entirely made up of sand. The island is 98% National Park and is managed by the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service. It is located about 35km from the coast and takes 2 hours to arrive by ferry.

moreton bay

Moreton Island Features uncrowded beaches, safe ocean swimming and untouched sub tropical forests. The eastern side is a 38km long uninterrupted surf beach. The western side is sheltered from the open sea and has fantastic ship wrecks hidden under the sea. Most of the island is vegetated with fantastic thick forests. There are three places in the centre of the island where through natural erosion there are bare sand dunes. These are the Dessert, Big Sandhills and Little Sandhills. In these areas is where we can go sand boarding and sand tobogganing. Within the island landscape there are a series of fresh water lakes with crystal clear water. Blue Lagoon offers great fresh water swimming and cooling of from the summer sun. Moreton island is the home to Mount Tempest which is the worlds highest coastal sand dune. There is a magnificent walk through the forest to the top (280m above sea level), for 360 degree views from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast Hinterland.