The best thing about moving to a new state is having so many new places to explore and I definitely think we hit the jackpot with the Sunshine Coast. So far every place we go to just gets better and better. And this week’s adventure to Moreton Island and Tangalooma Wrecks was no different.
You’ll find this gorgeous island just 25km off Brisbane’s shore and it’s the third largest sand island in the world. While many people will catch the large ferry across to the island from Brisbane, we decided to be more adventurous and take our boat across.
We left from Bribie Island and it was about a 30 minute journey to get there. Thankfully it was a calm day on the water or the journey may not have been so lovely.
Moreton Island is known for it’s crystal clear lakes and lagoons plus tall sand dunes and pristine beaches.
Since we only had the boat we didn’t really get a chance to explore the actual land part of the island but we saw lots of 4WD’s around and it looks like the perfect place for that kind of adventure so next time we’ll definitely be getting on the ferry and bringing the cars across.
What we did get to do was spend some time exploring the well known Tangalooma Wrecks which were just stunning.
This is a cluster of ships scuttled by the Queensland Government between 1963 and 1984 to provide a safe anchorage spot for recreational boat owners on the eastern side of Moreton Bay.
But now coral is starting to form in and around the wrecks, providing a haven for over 100 species of fish and sometimes even dolphins, wobbegongs and dugongs. Meaning it’s a paradise for snorkelling and this is exactly what we did.
It was a magical world beneath the surface. Colourful corals, beautiful fish of all different shapes and colours and rooms upon rooms to explore.
I love how this whole different world exists just beneath the surface and all you need is the right goggles to see and experience all its wonder.
I always feel so calm and present when I’m exploring the ocean. And it makes you think, if you look at your own life with the right kind of goggles, what will you see lying beneath the surface? There’s magic in all of us just waiting to be uncovered.
As you can imagine, after snorkelling we were all pretty tired and hungry so we decided to make our way to land to get a meal at the resort restaurant.
Here’s where things got a little weird. The only restaurant on Moreton Island is located at the Tangalooma Resort, but the whole beach is actually a private resort and unless you’re staying there you’re not actually meant to even step foot on the land, let alone get to eat in their facilities.
We were wondering why we were getting strange looks when we docked our boat, but we just thought it was because we were struggling to get it close enough to land and didn’t want to get wet getting off haha.
In the end the staff served us drinks at their bar, but still wouldn’t allow us to eat. Go figure?!
We managed to stay on the land for a while and enjoy the beautiful views though. And as the sun was starting to set we decided to start heading back towards home.
And we sat and watched it set over the river when we got back towards Bribie Island.
In the end it worked out well that the resort didn’t allow us to eat. Because once we sorted the boat we ate at the Sylvan Beach Seafood Cafe instead.
A lovely little fish & chip shop (but fancier style)located on the waterfront.
Gorgeous views, great company and delicious food made for a perfect end to a fantastic day exploring Moreton Island and the Tangalooma Wrecks.
Check out the full adventures in the video below.
If you ever want to visit Moreton Island and the Tangalooma Wrecks yourself check out this handy guide – https://www.tangalooma.com/moreton-island/tangalooma-wrecks
Have you been? What was your favourite experience?