This weekend my friends and I made our second trip trip Brisbane, staying overnight and successfully making it to the aforementioned Moreton Island!
Life in The Valley
In the afternoon we took the train to Brisbane, and made our way to Bunk Backpackers hostel. As compared to the hostel I stayed in when in Sydney, this one was far better. The entrance looked just like a hotel, the rooms were clean, and the facilities (pool/hot tub, bar, lobby etc) were lovely. We checked in, then went to dinner at Full Moon, a nearby Thai restaurant. The food was fantastic and it looked like a lovely place to spend an evening relaxing listening to live music. Friday evening we explored nightlife in “the Valley,” a downtown area of Brisbane that locals often suggest visiting. The area looks like an artsy city at night, with lights and graffiti art all around. We enjoyed our time exploring, and headed back to the hostel early to get some rest before our morning ferry to Moreton Island!
In the morning we caught the 8:30am ferry ride to Moreton Island, which took about 75 minutes to reach. Moreton Island is located on the eastern side of Moreton Bay on the coast of south East Queensland, just north of Stradbroke Island. The island is 37 kilometers long, and 13 wide at it’s widest point. Many visitors also stay for more than a day, since 95% of the island is contained within Moreton Isand National Park, camping or glamping is very popular. The Coral Sea lies on the east coast of the island, offering plenty of water activities including sports, snorkeling, and even scuba diving. Nicknamed “the Gem of South East Queensland,” this bay is one of the few untouched areas of natural wilderness along Australia’s east coast. In fact, it is the third largest sand island in the world.
Tangalooma is the main access point for the island, although we docked at a nearby smaller port. Tangalooma Resort is an exclusive property where guests are able to stay for periods of time, and they offer many different packages and activities to do around the island. Fun fact, this resort was used in the filming of several commercials and movies, including Totally Wild, Getaway, Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and Scooby-Doo’s Spooky Island.
Spooky Island movie set on Moreton Island
Visit Brisbane promotes white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters surrounding Moreton Island, and upon arrival we saw that this is 100% accurate! The water was legitimately the clearest water I have ever seen, and there were even a few starfish and tropical fish right near the water’s edge. The entire island literally looks like a postcard, the perfect image of paradise. We spent our day mostly just enjoying the beach, however since it is a national park, visitors can also enjoy walks and hikes, exploring historical sites, and many sport activities. There is also a mock shipwreck area called “The Wrecks” where a sunken ship is dispersed near the water’s edge. We stayed the day and caught an evening ferry home, returning to Brisbane for dinner on the water. We were all exhausted on the train home, but it was a weekend well spent!
Beaches of Moreton Island
The Wrecks at Moreton Island
Brisbane at night