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Travel with Sunrover Expeditions to Moreton Island on a day tour, or a 2 or 3 day camping safari, and you'll discover an island of breathtaking wilderness where man has had little influence. Our tours depart from Brisbane, Gold Coast or Redcliffe for the ferry cruise across Moreton Bay Marine Park, landing on Moreton Island's west coast at the famous Tangalooma Wrecks.
97% of Moreton Island is National Park with the remainder comprising the townships of Bulwer, Cowan Cowan, Kooringal and Tangalooma Resort. The island remains one of the few untouched areas of natural wilderness along the east coast, and supports an amazing variety of vegetation on it's sand based environment. White sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and refreshing freshwater lakes make Moreton Island a much sought after destination amongst campers, bushwalkers, fishermen and naturalists.
Moreton Island was occupied by Aboriginal people for several thousand years. This is evident by the extensive middens (some over 1,500 years old), camp sites, rock shelters, chipping grounds and stone artifacts which can be found on the island. Moreton Island existed in isolation from the other bay islands for a considerable time. North & Stradbroke Islands were not separated until the 1800's. The first known inhabitants of Moreton Island were the Ngugi tribe (pronounced Noo gee). Because of the much earlier detachment of Moreton, the Ngugi tribe developed their own culture & language. Moreton Island is also home to Queensland's oldest operating lighthouse located north, at Cape Moreton. Built with local sandstone by trusted civil prisoners, it's light was first lit on February 4th 1857, and provides one of the islands most outstanding scenic views.
Moreton Island was also once home to Queensland's first and only whaling station from 1953-1962 at Tangalooma. The whale chasers Kos I and Kos II are now part of the Curtin Artificial Reef off Cowan Cowan, and the whaling station transformed into the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort.
Moreton Islands ecology is complex and fragile. It supports a number of habitats - beach and dune communities, sedge and paperbark swamps, banksia heathlands, open woodlands and salt marshes which attract over 125 species of birds, along with countless species of lizards and small marsupials. This is a photographers paradise.
4WD vehicle is the only access on the roadless island. Sunrover Tours will transport you in comfort on a true 4WD experience to Moreton's long deserted beaches, crystal clear surf, freshwater lagoons and the worlds highest vegetated sand dune (283 metres above sea level) - Mt. Tempest.
Sunrover Tours promise you an interesting, relaxing an informative adventure to one of Australia's best kept secrets .... Moreton Island.