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Big Things of Australia

The Big Things of Australia

Australia likes to build things big. The number of Big Things in Australia is rather BIG, pardon the pun 🙂

All around the country it seems each town has to have something oversized. It’s an easy way to be identified and remembered and provide something of interest.

What are the Big Things of Australia?

These Landmarks become an identity of the towns and places in which they reside and so many memories are created for us by visiting and posing for photos amongst them.

Animals and Icons, Sport and Memorabilia, they feature on rooftops and out front of shops all around our great country.

The Big Beer Bottle at Tewantin and the Big Cow were both Sunshine Coast features I remember which no longer stand. I have a great photo of myself at the Big Beer Bottle in my late teens in an album stored away. The Big Rocket at Toombul Shoppingtown in Brisbane’s northside holds so many memories for kids in the 70’s as we climbed it up and down as our mothers tried desperately to encourage us to get in the car to go home.

What was one of the first Big Things of Australia?

The First Big Thing of Australia to be established was the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour back in 1964! It certainly has put Coffs Harbour on the map. It originally started out just as a sign for a banana stall but it certainly grew into something much, much bigger than that!

Our list of Big Things of Australia

In our adventures around Australia since 2015 we have seen so many oversized points of interest. Here’s our list:

Big Apple, Big Alvey, Big Axe, Big Banana

  • 1. The Big Apple is at Vincenzo’s in Stanthorpe Qld which is known for it’s great wines and apples.
  • 2. The Big Alvey Reel at the Gympie Fisherman’s Warehouse in Gympie, Queensland. #Update Jan 2020 – now closed, the Big Alvey was sold
  • 3. The Big Axe in Kew NSW at the Information Centre.
  • 4. The Big Banana at Coffs Harbour in New South Wales is one of Australia’s most famous and well recognised big items of Oz. The Big Banana is also the first Big Thing to be built in Australia which was in 1964. Located on the highway it is a Fun Park with Water slides, Mini golf, Cafes, ice cream and more.
Big Things of Australia - The Big Apple Stnathorpe Qld
The Big Alvey Fishing Reel
Big Things of Australia - The Big Axe, Kew NSW
Big Things of Australia - The Big Banana Coffs Harbour

Big Bear, Big Boot, Big Bull, Big Bundaberg Rum Bottle, Big Bunyip and Big Crabs

  • 5. The Big Bear is made of hay bales and is on the Spencer Hwy, between Maitland and Minlaton, in South Australia
  • 6. The Big XXXX Beer Can is at the Koumala Pub, Koumala which is on the Bruce Highway just before Sarina. Apparently the locals call the brightly coloured water tank, the ‘Man Can’.
  • 7. The Big Boot at Chermside in Brisbane’s north side was moved to the location in the 1970’s above Boots Camping store. It still remains although it is now a caryard on the corner of busy Gympie Rd and Rode Rd.
  • 8. The Big Brahman Bull has had pride of place at the southern entry to Rockhampton since 2000. This big bull welcomes and farewells locals and visitors to the Queensland town. There are also 6 other Big Bulls scattered around the town.
  • 9. The Big Bundaberg Rum Bottle, Bundaberg Queensland. Of course it would be perfect if the bottle was full with a tap at the base for me.
  • 10. The Big Bunyip at Mulgildie near Eidsvold is sculptured out of plate steel and is carrying what is thought to be a typical Mulgildie Bunyip lunch – cattle and lungfish.
  • 11. The Big Crab is at Cardwell in North Queensland
  • 12. The Big Crab at the Shell Service Station at Miriam Vale in Queensland is 2metres. Originally it was created in 1979 by the owner at the time to promote his crab sandwiches and it’s now The Big Crab Restaurant.
Big Things of Australia -The Big Bear Spencer Highway between Maitland and Minlaton
The Big Boot Kedron in Brisbane
Big Things of Australia - The Big Brahman Bull Rockhampton Qld
Big Things in Australia - The Big Bundy Rum Bottle
Big Things of Australia - The Big Bunyip in Mulgildie
Big Things of Australia - The Big Crab in Cardwell Qld
Big Things of Australia - The Big Crab in Miriam Vale

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Big Crayfish, Big Croc, Big Crocodile and Big Tassie Devil

  • 13. The Big Crayfish is at Dongara, Port Denison in Western Australia. You’ll find it on the corner of the Brand Highway and Moreton Terrace. Port Denison is known for its abundance of crayfish.
  • 14. The Big Croc is located at the Daintree River in Queensland just before you board to cross the Ferry
  • 15. The Big Crocodile at Normanton Queensland is huge but it’s actually a replica of the largest crocodile ever caught. Krys the Savannah King was shot by Krystina Pawlowski in 1957 and this is an identical remake of the beast.
  • 16. The Big Tassie Devil is located outside Trowunna Wildlife Park in Mole Tasmania
Big Things of Australia - The Big Crayfish in Dongara Port Denison WA
Big Croc - Daintree River Cruises
Big Things of Australia - Krys The Big Crocodile Normanton Qld
Big Things of Australia - The Big Tassie Devil at Trowunna Wildlife Park Tas

Big Dinosaurs, Big Easel, Big Giraffe, Big Hard Rock Guitar, Big Golden Guitar and Largest Playable Guitar

  • 17. Big Dinosaur, Winton Queensland. Not really oversized but still big and impressive enough to make my list.
  • 18. Big Muttaburrasaurus Dinosaur, Hughenden Queensland stands proud and tall opposite the Grand Hotel.
  • 19. The Big Easel, Emerald Queensland is a 25metre high tribute to Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflower painting which is a symbol of life and hope.
  • 20. The Big Giraffe is at Bororen and easily identifies the Big Giraffe Cafe in Bororen, Queensland.
  • 21. The Big Hard Rock Guitar near the entrance to Cavill Mall in Surfers Paradise Qld.
  • 22. The Big Golden Guitar is at Tamworth New South Wales. The home of country music, the Big Golden Guitar is symbolic of the major award each year at the Awards ceremony.
  • 23. The largest playable Guitar is at Narrandera in NSW. Located at the Information Centre this is the largest playable guitar in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Big Dinosaur Winton Qld
Big Things of Australia - Big Muttaburrasaurus Dinosaur in Hughenden Qld
Big Things of Australia - The Big Easel Emerald Qld
Big Things of Australia - The Big Giraffe Miriam Vale Qld
The Big Hard Rock Guitar Surfers Paradise
Big Things of Australia - The Big Golden Guitar Tamworth NSW
The Biggest Playable Guitar Narrandera NSW

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Big Gumboot, Big Ice Cream, Big Kangaroo and Big Koala

  • 24. The Big Gumboot is located in the North Queensland town of Tully.
  • 25. The Big Ice Cream is in the great little town of Mogo in NSW.
  • 26. The Big Kangaroo with a jar of Vegemite is at Border Village at the South Australia/ Western Australia border.
  • 27. Big Koala, Dadswells Bridge Victoria in the Grampians district, Western highway. The Big Koala is right next to the highway, you can’t miss it. There’s also a small animal farm and café.
Big Things of Australia - The Big Gumboot Tully Qld
The Big Icecream Mogo NSW
The Big Kangaroo with Big Vegemite Jar - SA/WA Border
Big Things of Australia - The Big Koala at Dadswell Bridge

Big Lobster, Big Mandarin, Big Mango, Big Mower and Big Ned Kellys

  • 28. The Big Lobster in Kingston S.E. South Australia recently underwent a renovation which is great news. Formerly a restaurant which is now closed.
  • 29. The Big Mandarin is located in the Big Mandarin Caravan Park in Mundubbera. It is actually used as a kiosk for the Caravan Park.
  • 30. The Big Mango is located in Bowen Queensland, famous for its Bowen Mangoes. It’s located on the highway outside the Information Centre.
  • 31. The Big Mower at Beerwah is a Sunshine Coast icon. It belongs to the Big Mower business that boasts the biggest range of mowers on the Coast.
  • 32. Big Ned Kelly, Glenrowan Victoria. The scene of his last stand where Ned Kelly was captured after a shootout with Police.
  • 33. Big Ned Kelly, Maryborough Qld. Whilst Ned Kelly and his gang never made it to Maryborough, the Ned Kelly Hotel hosts this one and their slogan is “Where your treated like one of the gang“.
Big Things of Australia - The Big Lobster Kingston S.E. SA
Big Things of Australia - The Big Mandarin at Mundubbera Qld
Big Things of Australia - The Big Mango Bowen Qld
Big Things of Australia - The Big Ned Kelly Glenrowan Vic
Big Ned Kelly in Maryborough Qld

Big Orange, Big Oyster, Big Penguin and Big Pie

  • 34. The Big Orange is at Gayndah which is known as the Citrus Capital of Queensland. The Big Orange not only sells fruit & vegies but also has awesome scones with jam and cream.
  • 35. The Big Oyster, Ceduna SA. Photo courtesy of our friends at West Aussie Nomads.
  • 36. The Big Penguin is located in the Tasmanian township of Penguin. Called Little Penguins this one towers high over his little mates along the foreshore.
  • 37. The Big Pie is located at the famous Yatala Pie Shop in Queensland. This pie shop is so famous it has legendary status to all of us from South East Queensland.
Big Things of Australia - The Big Orange at Gayndah Qld
The Big Oyster Ceduna SA
The Big Penguin in Penguin Tas
Big Things of Australia - The Big Pie Yatala Qld

 7 Essentials – Tours to Experience

  1. Reefsleep in the Whitsundays is an amazing adventure. Spend the night on a pontoon sleeping in a swag on Hardy’s Reef in the Great Barrier Reef
  2. The Ocean Rafting tour from Airlie Beach is a truly fun day out. They took us to the best snorkeling places and the entire day was amazing
  3. For the best Full Day Island tour in Cairns we recommend the Fitzroy Island tour
  4. The Atlantic Clipper Full Day Sail is another fun and exciting experience in the Whitsundays. We can highly recommend doing this tour
  5. If you are on the East Coast, you can swim with Humpback Whales on the Sunshine Coast. The tour leaves from Mooloolaba
  6. Swimming with Whale Sharks at Exmouth is also extremely popular and a great day out with the team from Eco Adventures on Lattitude 22
  7. One of Tasmania’s best tours is the Tasman Island Cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys out of Port Arthur. Three hours of cruising the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoying an up close look at hundreds of seals as well as dolphins and birdlife.

Big Pineapple, Big Prawns, Big Record and Big Toy Rocking Horse

  • 38. The Big Pineapple is at Nambour Queensland. After being closed for a few years it has recently been purchased and is now operating with further expansion plans.
  • 39. The Big Prawn at Ballina, on the northern coast of NSW outside the Bunnings store.
  • 40. The Big Prawn is at Exmouth in Western Australia and is located outside the information centre.
  • 41. The Big Record Diner in Bororen has an oversized record prominently displayed on the roof of the diner. Bororen is a small town near Gladstone but it is big on Big Things. The Big Record is in keeping with the Big Giraffe also in Bororen and the Big Crab in nearby Miriam Vale.
  • 42. The Big Toy Rocking Horse at Gumeracha South Australia is fantastic. Climb to the top of the Rocking Horse for amazing views. There’s a terrific animal farm also, definitely worth wandering through with some purchased food. You can see lots of wooden toys in the shop, all built on site, and there is a good café.
Big Things of Australia - The Big Pineapple Nambour Qld
Big Things of Australia - The Big Prawn Ballina NSW
The Big Prawn - Exmouth WA
The Big Record in Miriam Vale Qld
Big Things of Australia - The Big Toy Rocking Horse Gumeracha SA

Big Shell, Big Stockman, Big Tennis Rackets and Big Thong

  • 43. The Big Shell is at Tewantin near Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
  • 44. The Big Silver Orb Spider hangs high above the street in Townsville outside the Museum of Tropical Queensland.
  • 45. The Big Stockman stands proud and tall in front of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.
  • 46. Born in Griffith, former Australian legendary Tennis player Yvonne Goolagong was raised in Barellan New South Wales. The main street through this small country town now commemorates her with the world’s largest Tennis Racquet.
  • 47. Brisbane’s Big Tennis Racquet is owned by Hairdressing tycoon Steve “Stefan” Ackerie and was donated by him at the opening of the new Tennis Centre in Milton in 2012. Stefan sponsored the Queensland Tennis Open and back then this was the largest tennis racquet in the World.
  • 48. Beautiful Valla Beach on the NSW mid coast near Nambucca Heads is home to the Big Thong.
The Big Shell Tewantin near Noosa
Big Things of Australia - The Big Tennis Racket Barellan NSW
The Big Tennis Racket Frew Park Milton
The Big Thong Valla Beach

Big Whales and Big Wickets

  • 49. The Big Whale at Eucla. Photo courtesy of our friends at West Aussie Nomads.
  • 50. The Big Whale at Kinka Beach in Yeppoon Queensland. Formerly a marineland park it has been closed for over 15 years.
  • 51. The Big Wickets are located in Westbury Tasmania. With a replica cricket pitch in the middle it is also a memorial to former local cricketer Jack Badcock.
  • 52. Don Bradman Oval in his birthplace town of Cootamundra NSW is also home to Big Wickets.
The Big Whale Eucla WA
The Big Whale Kinka Beach in Yeppoon Qld
Big Things of Australia - The Big Wickets Westbury Tas
The Big Wickets Bradman Oval in Cootamundra NSW

Big Winch, Big Cane Toad, Big Ugg Boots and Big Yowie

  • 53. The Big Winch is in Coober Pedy South Australia. It sits up on top of the hill with views all over the town.
  • 53. The Big Cane Toad is located in the main street of Sarina in North Queensland. Unfortunately we missed taking a photo.
  • 55. The Big Ugg Boots are in Thornton as you make your way into the sensational Hunter Valey in NSW. Mortels Sheepskin also have a museum with a great story and lots of history.
  • 56. The Big Yowie in Kilcoy stands around 2.5 metres tall in Yowie Park alongside the Fred Greensill Lake. Kilcoy became the Yowie Capital of Australia after an alleged yowie sighting back in December 1979.
Big Things of Australia - The Big Winch Coober Pedy
Big Canetoad Sarina in Queensland
Big Things of Australia - The Big Ugg Boots Thornton NSW
Big Things of Australia - The Big Yowie in Kilcoy Qld

How many of these 56 Big Things of Australia have you seen?

What have we missed? Tell us what other Big Things you have discovered in your travels.

We also know of the Big Merino in Goulburn NSW, Big Galah in Kimba SA, The Big Cherries in Young NSW, Big Watermelon at Gumlo Qld and the Big Cassowary at Mission Beach Qld.

Safe travels,

Kevin & Adele Hockey
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all of our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.
Lenses – Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Discover Gosangs Tunnel

Gosangs Tunnel is a rock crevice you crawl through to reach the Tasman Sea on the other side.

Basically it’s a cave system that opens out to the ocean and spectacular views as far as the eye can see.

It’s an extraordinary experience discovering such a unique and stunning part of the south NSW coastline.

Gosangs Tunnel Location

The amazing Gosangs Tunnel is located near stunning Jervis Bay in the south coast of NSW.

To discover it, head out from Jervis Bay to the Beecroft Peninsula and make your way past the small township of Currarong.

If travelling by road from Sydney, the distance from Sydney to Gosangs Tunnel is 197kms and it is a drive of approx 3 1/4 hours.

Gosangs Tunnel
Gosangs Tunnel

Entering Gosangs Tunnel

The first thing you will notice as you approach the opening is the wind howling through.

As the wind enters the tunnel on the ocean side it compresses and gets stronger before escaping at the entry in.

The cave entry is low and you will need to crouch down low or crawl on hands and knees to make your way through the cave. The further you go into the cave the higher it becomes.

As you make your way along you begin to notice a crack beneath you.

This is a fracture line in the floor of the tunnel and it was this weakness that allowed the cave to form over 250-300 million years ago during the Earth’s Permian Period.

At first the fracture line is closed, filled with dirt and sand, but it soon opens up becoming wider and wider until eventually it becomes a wide enough gap you can see through.

It is at the point you can see the ocean waves approx 200m below you, crashing against the rocks.

The space remains close enough to step over however it is eerie seeing the wild ocean directly underneath you.

Crawling through Gosangs Tunnel
Kev and Adele inside Gosangs Tunnel

Gosangs Tunnel Vision

Now you have crawled and burrowed your way through the 30 metre tunnel you can stand up and appreciate the incredible scenery now facing you.

Directly in front is a rocky cliff face, with a sudden long drop to the wild waters of the Tasman Sea.

You are standing directly on the edge of the mainland, with an incredible view of New Zealand in the distance.

Well ok, maybe you can’t see NZ but it’s most certainly straight ahead in the distance.

Adele straddling the extremely deep crevice!

5 Essentials – Outside RV Accessories

  1. To plug your RV with standard 15amp in to standard residential 10amp power source you will need a converter. We love our waterproof Ampfibian and after over 4 years it’s still perfect.
  2. Most people carry a Generator for back up power. 4wd Supacentre has a good low cost and popular generator while the Yamaha 2000w is a robust yet quiet excellent performer.
  3. A 20m 15amp Power Lead will ensure you reach your power source in Caravan Parks and Campgrounds.
  4. You will want a good blue Drinking Water Hose. Your typical green garden hose is not suitable for drinking from.
  5. A 4 way tap handle will help you find water whenever you need it
Kev and Adele out on outer ledge

From this vantage point you can watch boats sail past, humpback whales on their migration up and down the Eastern coastline, dolphins, turtles and all sorts of other marine life.

There are no barriers, no safety rails, no steps. This is rugged coastline and a dangerous place, so you will need to be very careful here.

Gosangs Tunnel vision

We explored out onto the ledge, watching as the waves crashed over the rocks below us.

We’ve had so much fun finding these obscure places around the country and this is another incredible hidden gem.

The entire time we were at Gosangs Tunnel we had it all to ourselves and our friends we were with.

One of Australia's unique natural formations

Gosangs Tunnel Warning

If you are taking children this is a high risk area, there are no safety guards or rails, nothing at all and it’s a straight drop to the rocks and ocean below.

We recommend not to take pets and keep any young children very close to you.

Our Tip

On the way back check out Wilsons Beach. It is so beautiful and you’ll very likely be the only person within cooee.

This is a small beach with pristine white sand and beautiful turquoise water. A great spot for a swim on the return trip from your Gosangs Tunnel walk.

You will see the path with a sign on your left as you head to Gosangs Tunnel, remember it for your return walk.

It’s a fairly short walk to Wilsons Beach and absolutely worth the detour.

If conditions are calm jump in and enjoy a swim and cool off in the stunning clear water.

Wilsons Beach

How to get to Gosangs Tunnel:

Drive through Jervis Bay National Park and go to Currarong in the Shoalhaven area on the Beecroft Peninsula in NSW.

Make your way to Abraham Bosoms Beach and walk the track towards Mermaid Inlet until you see the sign to Gosangs Tunnel.

The walk is around 2.3kms and takes about an hour to 90 minutes return.

Cost for Gosangs Tunnel:

This is the best part, it’s totally free.

Where to stay in the region:

We stayed at the Currarong Holiday Park which was an excellent caravan park with heaps of facilities and a great children’s playground.

You could also do this while camping nearby at Honeymoon Bay.

What should you take with you when exploring the region:

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Gosangs Tunnel

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Safe Travels

Kev & Adele
Indefinite Leave

We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps. We have sourced this one which is approx $500 less than we paid for ours.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800d – https://ebay.to/2XQYnsk – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

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Blackdown Tablelands National Park

Blackdown Tablelands Feature

Blackdown Tablelands National Park is truly a hidden little gem in the heart of Central Queensland.

Just a couple of hours west of Rockhampton you will be able to enjoy swimming in spectacular rock pools and waterfalls, take some great bush walks, experience breathtaking views from the lookouts and see some amazing aboriginal artwork.

Blackdown Tablelands Rockpools

Do you need a 4WD for Blackdown Tablelands

Although the road from the base to top of the tablelands is very steep it can be reached by conventional vehicles when driving to conditions.

The road to the Park Entrance Shelter and Lookout is fully sealed and then it becomes a dirt road with some corrugations.

To do the Loop Road to Mitha Boongulla, you will require a 4WD.

Can you take a Caravan to Blackdown Tablelands?

The road to the top of Blackdown Tablelands is very steep and windy and is not ideal for towing big caravans or heavy trailers however smaller Vans and Camper Trailers do make the trek.

If travelling in a caravan, it is definitely worth unhitching and taking a day trip into the Blackdown Tablelands.

Blackdown Tablelands Steep Narrow road

Where can you stay?

If you are heading in to Blackwater Tablelands National Park for a day trip as many do there’s some excellent options to stay nearby at Dingo, Duaringa and Blackwater.

Dingo

On the Capricorn Highway, the Shell Roadhouse Dingo offers a free campground with toilets, showers, drinking water and it is also dog friendly.

This free facility is an ideal especially for people travelling in caravans and big rigs to stopover to enjoy a day trip into Blackdown Tablelands but naturally it is good to support the roadhouse in return.

The Dingo Van & Motorhome Park offers large flat sites, clean amenities, is pet friendly and the staff are helpful and knowledgeable making it another great place to stay within close proximity to the Blackdown Tablelands.

Duaringa

Another great free camp is the Duaringa Rest Area. Mackenzie Park in Duaringa offers an opportunity for travellers to base themselves for a day or two and head into explore the magnificent Blackdown Tablelands.

This awesome 48hr free camp has toilets, free hot showers, electric barbecues, drinking water, a kids playground and a dump point.

A donation can be made at the Information Centre. Duaringa is just over 89kms from Blackdown Tablelands.

Blackwater

Blackwater is only 77.2kms from Blackdown Tablelands so if you are already coming from the Emerald direction you could make the Discovery Parks, Blackwater your base.

The Discovery Holiday Parks, Blackwater is a small country park but has clean amenities and free washers and dryers.

Blackdown Tablelands Domestic animals prohibited

Are Pets Allowed at Blackdown Tablelands?

As the Blackdown Tablelands is National Park, pets are not permitted so you will either need to leave your pet/s at home or look for a suitable pet sitter.

We used Mad Paws a number of times when visiting National Parks while we were travelling with our Golden Retriever MACKS.

Each time we found a friendly dog lover or family to care for MACKS in the comfort of their home which we much preferred to placing her in a kennel.

Blackdown Tablelands swimming

Can you swim at Blackdown Tablelands?

Blackdown Tablelands certainly offers the fabulous rockpools and Rainbow Falls for swimming.

The water can be a very crisp temperature but extremely refreshing, depending what time of year you go.

It is an awesome experience swimming in each of the three levels of the stunning rock pools. They range in depth and water cascades from one level to the next.

You can even enter a small rock pool and swim under the rock ledge into the larger rock pool on the lowest level.

Blackdown Tablelands Elizabeth Swimming Top Pool

Blackdown Tablelands from Rockhampton

It is a fraction over 200kms from Rockhampton to Blackdown Tablelands. The drive takes approximately 2 1/2hrs so we recommend you get a reasonably early start.

On our day trip to Blackdown Tablelands from Rockhampton, we left at approx 9.30am in the morning and arrived back just after 6pm that night.

Blackdown Tablelands

When is the best time to go to Blackdown Tablelands National Park?

An ideal time to visit Blackdown Tablelands National Park is just after rainfall to witness the falls in their splendour.

For some it may be preferable to visit Blackdown Tablelands in the warmer months when the water is not quite as cold and swimming is therefore more enjoyable.

During summer the average temperature is 24 – 30 degrees and in winter the temperature can fall below O with temperatures ranging from  5 – 15 degrees.

Road out to Blackdown Tablelands

How to get to Blackdown Tablelands National Park

From Dingo, head along the Capricorn Highway/A4 for 12.5kms before turning left onto Charlevue Road.

Continue along Charlevue Road for 40.7kms before reaching the magnificent Blackdown Tablelands.

From Blackwater, travel along the Capricorn Highway/A4 for approx 35kms before turning right onto Charlevue Road.

Head along Charlevue Road for 40.7kms before reaching the magnificent Blackdown Tablelands.

Blackdown Tablelands Map & Blackdown Tablelands Camping Map

A Blackdown Tablelands National Park Map can be found on the Queensland Parks website by clicking on the Maps & Resources tab on the Blackdown Tablelands Camping page.

You can also find the Blackdown Tablelands Camping Map for the Munall Campground at the Queensland Parks website under Blackdown Tablelands Camping.

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Blackdown Tablelands Camping

Munall Campground

The Munall Campground in Blackdown Tablelands National Park is an ideal place to stay.

By staying within easy walking distance you will more time to fully explore all areas of this spectacular National Park.

Camping does require a permit and fees apply. You can book on-line at Queensland National Parks, at an over the counter booking office, a self service kiosk or by phoning 13QGOV.

Note – you cannot self-register at the campground but tags are available. A camping tag with the booking number must be clearly displayed at your campsite at all times.

Access to the campground can be made by 2WD when driving with care. The road is sealed from the base of the tablelands to the Park Entrance Shelter but it is a steep climb and windy.

From the Park Entrance Shelter to the campground is not sealed, can be slippery and also windy.

Sheer rock face on the steep climb up the narrow road to the top of Blackdown Tablelands

Campground details:

  • Location: 8kms past the Park Entrance Shelter
  • About: Quiet and shady bush campground
  • No of Campsites: 16- Campsites are suitable for tent camping and camper trailers
  • Availability:  Access may be restricted in wet weather or during high fire danger times
  • Toilets: Yes – Composting Toilets
  • Showers: No
  • Water: No – Bring along a plentiful supply of drinking water
  • Bins: No – Bring secure containers to store rubbish that cannot be accessed by wildlife
  • Dump Point: No
  • Generators: Not permitted
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Not available at the Campground
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing QPWS fire rings provided. Bring you own clean, milled timber cut offs for firewood. Collecting of firewood in the park is prohibited.

Munall Campground Contact Details:

Phone: 13 74 68
Address: Wafer Way, Dingo, Queensland
Website:

5 Essentials – 4WD Accessories

  1. 4WD Recovery Tracks will get you out of most situations, especially in sand. We bought a pair of these generic branded tracks that have worked well whilst other brands include the Australian made TRED or the Australian Designed and made MAXTRAX 4wd Recovery Tracks.
  2. For our 4WD we went with this EDECOA 1500 3000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter which has been excellent value and works great.
  3. I’m a massive fan of my Victron IP65 15a Battery Charger. I use it often to give batteries a boost and it really is an essential part of my tool kit.
  4. When camping my Kings 200w Solar Blanket gets a lot of use and works really well. Only downside is it doesn’t work with Lithium batteries.
  5. Brass Tyre Deflators are a fast and easy way to lower your tyre pressure to your desired level. Perfect for when you are hitting the beach.
Rainbow Falls
Looking up from the base of Rainbow Falls – Photo Credit – Elizabeth Hood

Things to do at Blackdown Tablelands National Park

Blackdown Tablelands Rainbow Falls

The hike to Gudda Gumoo also known as Rainbow Falls is definitely one of the ‘must do’ things in the Blackdown Tablelands National Park.

It is around 4kms return and a more difficult walk as it does include 240 stairs down into the gorge to the rockpool at the foot of the falls.

After spending time swimming in the rockpool, the only downside is you have another 240 stairs to climb back up but it is manageable, just take it slowly.

Blackdown Tablelands Rainbow Falls 240 Steps sign
240 Steps down to Rainbow Falls from this point!

How to find Rainbow Falls

After heading up the steep narrow winding road to Blackdown Tablelands you will reach Horseshoe Lookout which is completely sealed.

From Horseshoe Lookout, continue for 13kms along the dirt road which is slightly rough in places but accessible in 2WD in dry conditions. This stretch took us roughly 22 minutes in our 4WD.

The carpark at the end of the dirt road is the start of the walking track to Rainbow Falls and also the fabulous Rockpools. There is also a toilet available at the Rainbow Falls Carpark.

From the Rainbow Falls Carpark, follow the walking track until you reach the Rainbow Falls sign indicating the 240 stairs.

Make you way down the gorge via the stairs to the base of Rainbow Falls.

Blackdown Tablelands rockpools

Rockpools at Blackdown Tableland National Park

The rockpools at the top of gorge above Rainbow Falls are definitely the more notable feature of the Blackdown Tablelands due to the amazing photos that have been uploaded in recent times.

It was due to seeing photos of these amazing rockpools is what encouraged us to put Blackdown Tablelands National Park on our ‘must do’ list.

We spent so much time enjoying these epic rockpools on our day trip to Blackdown Tablelands that we fell short of time to explore more of this fabulous National Park in Central Queensland.

Blackdown Tablelands

How to find the Rockpools

Head up the steep narrow winding road to Blackdown Tablelands until you will reach Horseshoe Lookout which is completely sealed.

Continue for 13kms from Horseshoe Lookout along the dirt road which is slightly rough in places but accessible in 2WD in dry conditions. It took us roughly 22 minutes in our 4WD to do this stretch.

The carpark at the end of the dirt road is the start of the walking track to both the fabulous Rockpools and Rainbow Falls. There is also a toilet available at the Rainbow Falls Carpark.

From the Rainbow Falls Carpark, follow the walking track until you reach the Rainbow Falls sign indicating the 240 stairs.

Instead of turning left and making you way down into the gorge via the stairs to Rainbow Falls, take the track to the right.

Follow it for approx. 5 minutes to reach the famous rockpools. In total, it took us around 25 minutes one way from the Rainbow Falls Carpark.

Horseshoe Lookout

Horseshoe Lookout

Breathtaking views can be seen from Yaddamen Dhina also known as Horseshoe Lookout.

There are toilets, picnic tables and barbecues available at the Horsehoe Lookout and it is just an easy 5 minute walk from the Horseshoe Lookout Carpark to the lookout viewing platform.

We made Horseshoe Lookout our lunch stop, then we made our way to the epic rockpools.

Blackdown Tablelands Rock Art
Colourful rocks – Photo Credit – Elizabeth Hood

Ghungalu Art

The Ghungalu people made Blackdown Tablelands National Park their traditional home and visited it for thousands of years and left behind rock art.

The rock faces illustrate the ancient  heritage and culture of the aboriginals.

Blackdown Tableland National Park Walks

Hikes in the Blackdown Tablelands allow for a range of fitness levels.

The 3 main walks are:

  • Gudda Gumoo/Rainbow Waters Walk
  • Mook Mook/Owl Walk
  • Goon Goon Dhina /Lightning Lizard Walk
Gudda Gumoo

Mook Mook and Goon Goon Dhina are within walking distance from the Munall Campground whereas it is better to drive the 8kms to the Rainbow Falls Car park and take the 2.5km Gudda Gumoo walk.

Take care when walking the tracks as we found there are these little orange berry sized pebbles on the path which can be very slippery.

Be sure to wear good hiking boots and grab a loose laying stick to use as a hiking pole.

Blackdown Tablelands

Other great places to stay in the Central Queensland region:

Pin – Blackdown Tablelands National Park

We will definitely be returning to Blackdown Tablelands as it is simply amazing and there is so much to see and do.

We only managed to witness the breathtaking views from Horseshoe Lookout and spend some fun time enjoying the awesome rockpools. Rainbow Falls and the Ghungalu Art awaits us on our next visit.

Have you visited Blackdown Tablelands National Park?

Tell us about your Blackdown Tablelands experience.

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
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Moreton Island Camping, Everything you need to Know

Moreton Island Camping feature

A Moreton Island Camping adventure is the ultimate beach experience from Brisbane.

Moreton Island is the poor younger brother to its infamous big brother Fraser Island along Queensland’s coastline.

While Fraser Island is the World’s Largest Sand Island, Moreton is close by at the third largest which means you can navigate your way around the entire island in just one day.

There’s so much to see and do though so don’t expect to do it quickly.

Moreton is incredibly special itself and offers some of the most amazing features that just have to be explored.

Moreton Island Camping

About Moreton Island

The aboriginal name for Moreton Island is Mulgumpin and the island was handed back to the Quandamooka People in 2021.

There are no roads on Moreton Island, only tracks and beaches. You will need a 4WD to drive on the island.

Moreton Island is 37kms long and 10kms wide and only approximately 40kms offshore from Queensland’s Capital City, Brisbane.

The Cape Moreton Light is a heritage listed lighthouse at the northern end of the island.

It is the oldest Lighthouse in Queensland, having been built by the New South Wales Government prior to NSW and Queensland separating in 1859.

The Tangalooma Island Resort is the most developed area on the island.

In the 1960’s a group of boaties made a request to the Queensland Government for a safe anchorage off Moreton Island.

It was approved and in 1963 around 15 ships were scuttled creating the Tangalooma Wrecks.

The Tangalooma Wrecks are now an amazing diving and snorkelling site with a huge array of fish and coral plus you can see turtles, dugong, dolphins and wobbegong sharks.

Moreton Island Barge Landing

How to get to Moreton Island

Access to the island is easy, it’s just 45kms across Moreton Bay from Brisbane.

You can catch the Tangalooma Ferry which will have you there in just 45 mins or take your 4WD or walk on to the Barge which leaves from the Port of Brisbane and takes around 90 minutes.

The Tangalooma Ferry is for guests of the Tangalooma Resort where you can stay and enjoy the amenities on offer.

For Moreton Island Camping take the MiCat Barge across Moreton Bay where you will be dropped off near the Tangalooma Wrecks for your incredible adventures that await.

Moreton Island Barge Costs

The MiCat Barge costs can vary but a 4WD is approx $250 return and a 4WD with trailer is approx $500 return.

Passenger Walk-On price is $28.50 one way.

Back in our old Moreton Island Camping Days
Back in our old Moreton Island Camping Days

Moreton Island Camping Grounds & Camping Facilities

There are are 5 Campgrounds and 5 Camping Zones located all around beautiful Moreton Island. Camping facilities vary between Moreton Island Camping Grounds and Camping Zones.

They range from no facilities to basic facilities including toilets, cold showers and bins.

There are Waste Stations at each of the three townships – Bulwer, Cowan Cowan and Kooringal.

A Public Phone is also located at Kooringal.

Ben Ewa Dump Point
Ben Ewa Campground has one of the two Dump Point Facilities on Moreton Island

Just two of the Moreton Island Camping grounds have a Dump Point facility for the disposal of Portable Toilet waste – Ben Ewa and Comboyuro Campgrounds, both on the western side of the island.

Water on the island is generally best boiled first so bring your own drinking water.

Apart from the designated Campgrounds, water is available at the Big Sandhills on the western beach and Rous Battery and Eagers Creek on the eastern beach.

Full details for each Campground and Camping Zone are listed below:

East Moreton Island Camping

Blue Lagoon Campground

  • Location: Eastern Side of Moreton Island between Middle Road and Cape Moreton
  • About: Beachside Campground. Medium to large size sites, many are shaded. Sites defined with totems. Within walking distance to Blue Lagoon and easy access to ocean surf beach.
  • No of Campsites: 25- Campsites are suitable for tent camping and camper trailers
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: Yes – Septic Toilets
  • Showers: Yes – Cold Showers only
  • Water: Treat before drinking
  • Bins: No
  • Dump Point: Only Dump Points are at Ben-Ewa & Comboyuro Campgrounds – Eastern Side
  • Generators: Not permitted
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and unreliable
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing fire sites only.
Moreton Island Camping - Blue Lagoon Campground Toilets

North-East Camping Zone

  • Location: All Eastern Each Campsites on Moreton Island between Middle Road and north to Spitfire Creek (excluding designated campgrounds)
  • About: Exposed surf beaches Camping Zone. Various size sites ranging from secluded sites to close sites, many with sea views and shade. If towing a trailer, the Bulwer-Blue Lagoon Road is recommended rather than Middle Road.
  • No of Campsites: 89- Campsites are suitable for tent camping beside your 4WD, camper trailers and large groups
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: No – Recommended to bring a Portable Toilet
  • Showers: No
  • Water: No
  • Bins: No
  • Dump Point: Only Dump Points are at Ben-Ewa & Comboyuro Campgrounds – Eastern Side
  • Generators: Yes with considerate use between 8am and 7pm only
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and unreliable
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing fire sites only.
Wrecks Campgroiund 2

West Moreton Island Camping

The Wrecks Campground

  • Location: Western Side of Moreton Island near the main barge landing area
  • About: Campground next to a sheltered bay amongst native trees and shrubs.
  • No of Campsites: 21- Campsites are suitable for walk-in camping and boaties without vehicles. Vehicles are to be parked on the beach and a short walk to each camp site. Not accessible for campers with camper trailers
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: Yes – Hybrid Toilets
  • Showers: Yes – Cold Showers only
  • Water: Treat before drinking
  • Bins: Yes
  • Dump Point: Only Dump Points are at Ben-Ewa & Comboyuro Campgrounds – Eastern Side
  • Generators: Not permitted
  • Wi-Fi: No. Qld Parks Wi-fi Hotspot available at The Wrecks Campground
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and unreliable. Better reception may be available at Tangalooma Resort
  • Campfires: Fires are prohibited
Moreton Island Camping - Ben Ewa Campground

Ben – Ewa Campground

  • Location: Western Side of Moreton Island within short distance north of the barge landing point
  • About: Campground sits down in a valley. Shady medium size sites that are well defined. Protected from strong winds. Sheltered Bay waters.
  • No of Campsites: 12 – Campsites are suitable for tent camping beside 4WD, walk-in campers, camper trailers
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: Yes – Hybrid Toilets
  • Showers: Yes – Cold Showers only
  • Water: Treat before drinking
  • Bins: Yes
  • Dump Point: Yes for disposal of portable toilet waste
  • Generators: Not permitted
  • Wi-Fi: Qld Parks Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and not reliable. Possibly better reception closer to Tangalooma Resort
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing fire sites only.
Kev cold shower Moreton Island Camping
Kev having a cold outdoor shower at the North Point Campground

Comboyuro Point Campground

  • Location: Western Side of Moreton Island within walking distance from Bulwer
  • About: Large Campground with all sites marked with Totems. Shady sites of varying sizes with Bay protection.
  • No of Campsites: 49 – Campsites are suitable for tent camping and camper trailers
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: Yes – Non-Flushing Toilets
  • Showers: Yes – Cold Showers only
  • Water: Treat before drinking
  • Bins: Yes
  • Dump Point: Yes – For disposal of portable toilet waste
  • Generators: Not permitted
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and not reliable. Better reception in Bulwer township
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing fire sites only.
Moreton Island Camping Ground Toilet Block
Moreton Island Camping Grounds all have toilets, some have cold showers whereas Moreton Island Camping Zones have no facilities

North Moreton Island Camping

North-West Camping Zone

  • Location: Western Side of Moreton Island between Ben-Ewa and Comboyuro Campgrounds
  • About:  Camping Zone offering sheltered bay waters. Some sites within walking distance to Bulwer township. Sites marked with Totems. Sites CB1 – CB21 surrounded by timber fence
  • No of Campsites: 76 – Campsites are suitable for tent camping beside your 4WD, camper trailers and large groups
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: No
  • Showers: No
  • Water: No
  • Bins: No
  • Dump Point: No – Only Dump Points are at Ben-Ewa & Comboyuro Campgrounds – Eastern Side
  • Generators: Yes with considerate use between 8am and 7pm only
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and not reliable. Better reception in Bulwer township
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing fire sites only.
Moreton Island Camping Site Yellow Patch
Our Moreton Island Camping Site

North Point Campground

  • Location: Northern Tip of Moreton Island between Yellow Patch Campground and Cape Moreton
  • About:  Large Campground with grassy defined sites. Tent Site Camping Area and Camper Trailer Camping Site. Close to surf beach and within walking distance to Honeymoon Bay.
  • No of Campsites: 21 – Campsites are suitable for tent camping with parking a short distance from camp site, large groups, 4 sites suitable for camper trailers
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: Yes – Hybrid Toilets
  • Showers: Yes – Outdoor Cold Shower only
  • Water: Treat before drinking
  • Bins: No
  • Dump Point: No – Only Dump Points are at Ben-Ewa & Comboyuro Campgrounds – Eastern Side
  • Generators: Not permitted
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and not reliable.
  • Campfires: Fires are prohibited
Yellow Patch Camping Zone
Yellow Patch Camping Zone

Yellow Patch Camping Zone

  • Location: North Western side of Moreton Island between North Point and Heath Island- Note there are no camp sites at Heath Island
  • About: Camping Zone offering surf beaches. Various size sites, many sites with sea views and shade.
  • No of Campsites: 14 – Campsites are suitable for tent camping beside your 4WD, camper trailers and large groups
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: No
  • Showers: No
  • Water: No
  • Bins: No
  • Dump Point: No – Only Dump Points are at Ben-Ewa & Comboyuro Campgrounds – Eastern Side
  • Generators: Yes with considerate use between 8am and 7pm only
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and not reliable
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing fire sites only.
Rous Battery Camping Area

South Moreton Island Camping

South-East Camping Zone

  • Location: Eastern side of Moreton Island between Middle Road and south to Rous Battery.
  • About:  Camping Zone offering exposed surf beaches. Various size sites, many sites with sea views and shade. The Amity Trader Barge Landing Point form North Stradbroke Island is a short drive to this camping zone. Note – At times rock exposure may make the south-east beach impassable at high tide.
  • No of Campsites: 35 – Campsites are suitable for tent camping beside your 4WD and camper trailers
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: No
  • Showers: No
  • Water: No
  • Bins: No
  • Dump Point: NoOnly Dump Points are at Ben-Ewa & Comboyuro Campgrounds – Eastern Side
  • Generators: Yes with considerate use between 8am and 7pm only
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and not reliable
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing fire sites only.
Tangalooma Bypass

South-West Camping Zone

  • Location: Western side of Moreton Island from Tangalooma Bypass to Toulkerrie
  • About:  Camping Zone offering exposed surf beaches. Various size sites, many sites with sea views and shade. The Amity Trader Barge Landing Point form North Stradbroke Island is a short drive to this camping zone. Note – At times rock exposure may make the south=east beach impassable at high tide.
  • No of Campsites: 24 – Campsites are suitable for tent camping and some suitable for camper trailers. Parking only available next to some sites, not all, due to tides
  • Availability: Seasonal therefore not all sites are available all year round
  • Toilets: No
  • Showers: No
  • Water: No
  • Bins: No
  • Dump Point: No – Only Dump Points are at Ben-Ewa & Comboyuro Campgrounds – Eastern Side
  • Generators: Yes with considerate use between 8am and 7pm only
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Telstra Coverage: Poor and not reliable
  • Campfires: Yes except when Fire Bans are in place. Must use existing fire sites only
Moreton Island Camping

Moreton Island Camping Permit

Prior to your Moreton Island Camping trip, you will need to organise a camping permit and a permit for your vehicle.

Vehicle Access Permits are a requirement when driving on the beach on Moreton Island and may be booked online at Mulgumpin Camping.

Cost for Vehicle Access Permits:

  • Monthly Access Permit: Up to one month Permit – $53.63 per vehicle
  • Annual Access Permit: More than one month and up to 1 year Permit $270.00 per vehicle
Driving on Moreton Island

How much does it cost for Camping on Moreton Island

A Camping Permit and fees apply when camping on Moreton Island.

Moreton Island Camping bookings may be made on-line at Mulgumpin Camping. Camping spots fill up quickly so it is recommended that you book in advance.

Moreton Island Camping fees effective from 1 July 2020:

  • $6.75 per person per night
  • $27.00 per family per night. Family Rate is for 1 or 2 Adults and accompanying children under 18yrs, Maximum number of 8 people. Free for Children under 5 years
  • $3.70 per person per night for students and accompanying adults on approved educational excursions.

Your Camping Permit Tag with your Booking Number will be sent through to you 5 days prior.

Simply print the tag/s, place in a ziplock bag and then attach to each camping structure ensuring the tag/s are clearly displayed at your campsite at all times.

Moreton Island National Park

Is Moreton Island Dog Friendly?

When you go camping on Moreton Island you will need to leave your pets behind.

As Moreton Island is 98% National Park, dogs are not allowed when camping on Moreton Island.

Residents of the Moreton Island townships that are within the Brisbane City Council area however are allowed to have dogs.

Moreton Island Camping Map

A detailed Moreton Island Camping Map can be found on the Mulgumpin Camping website – https://www.mulgumpincamping.net.au/the-island/maps/

This printable map outlines the Moreton Island Camping grounds and facilities, the various landmarks, 4WD access tracks, walking tracks as well as detailed maps of the three townships.

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Sceptor Fuel Drum
Sceptor Jerry can

How Much Fuel will you need on Moreton Island?

Fuel on the island is expensive at $3 per Litre.

Bring your own Fuel but if you do find you need an emergency supply, the Castaways Store at Bulwer sell petrol and diesel in a returnable 20 litre jerry can for $60.

It is best however to call Castaways on 07 3408 2202 before leaving the mainland to check whether fuel is actually available at the time.

Driving Conditions on Moreton Island

There’s not as much beach to drive on on Moreton Island as there is at Fraser Island and therefore it can be softer and you use more fuel.

Plan your trips around 2 hours either side of low tide for best driving conditions.

For our 8 days we brought a full tank in our Triton and extra fuel in our Sceptor Jerry containers.

Note – As a condition of the Vehicle Access Permit you are only permitted to store 50L of fuel in developed camping areas.

Castaways also have a gas bottle exchange facility for 9kg bottles only.

Castawyas Moreton Island

Moreton Island Packing Checklist

Apart from your food and clothes here is a handy checklist on what things you will need to take on your Moreton Island Camping trip:

Stand Hp Paddle Boards Moreton Island

What to do on Moreton Island

Don’t come with expectations or comparisons to Fraser Island.

There’s only one Fraser Island the same as there’s only one Moreton Island. Both are magnificent in their own right.

There’s no Dingos, No Maheno and no Lake McKenzie on Moreton.

However there is Blue Lagoon, Champagne Pools, spectacular Honeymoon Bay, Cape Moreton and truly spectacular Sunsets.

Moreton Island take around 1 hour to drive from northern tip to the very south of the island. Of course, there are lots of things to see along the way so allow more time to enjoy the drive.

Without stopping, it will take around 2.5 – 3 hours to make your way around the entire island. This makes for a fantastic full day out.

Bring good Polaroid sunglasses and enjoy the exquisite colours of Moreton Island’s waters and beaches.

Kev snorkeling Tangalooma Wrecks

Tangalooma Wrecks

I was surprised to find some of Australia’s best snorkelling right here at the Tangalooma Wrecks.

Don’t forget to bring your snorkel gear when you are visiting Moreton Island!

Just north of the Tangalooma Island Resort is this fabulous artificial reef formed when a number of ships were placed there to provide a safe anchorage for recreational boaters on the eastern side of Moreton Island.

Since the placement of these wrecks, coral has formed and it has provided a haven for over 100 different species of fish as well as dolphins, wobbegongs and dugongs.

Blue Lagoon Moreton Island

Blue Lagoon

Tucked away inland closer to the Eastern Beach of Moreton Island is the stunning Blue Lagoon.

Similar to Lake Mackenzie on Fraser Island, Blue Lagoon has the magnificent blue water and white sandy beach.

Blue Lagoon is made up of an estimated 2.5 thousand million cubic metres of fresh water and is unique in the fact that it is not fed by local freshwater rivers or streams.

It is actually filled from an underground water table that comes up through the sandy bottom of the lagoon.

Both picturesque and a perfect place for a swim and a picnic lunch.

Champagne Pools Moreton Island

Champagne Pools

Champagne Pools are located at the north eastern tip of Moreton Island.

The sandstone rock forms a natural break wall where the ocean waves cascade over the top of the rock wall into the sandy bottom pools giving an affect of champagne flowing.

The aptly named Champagne Pools are a fun and exciting place to swim as the bubbling and foaming water flows into the pools showering you. 

Just be aware of the tides as the force of the waves can vary at times. 

Moreton Island
Honeymoon Bay, Moreton Island

Honeymoon Bay

The most picturesque of the beaches on Moreton Island is Honeymoon Bay.

This fabulous and somewhat secluded beach is just a short 700 metre return walk from the North Point Campground.

Along the walk to this hidden little gem you will pass a concrete magazine which was used to store ammunition during World War II and from where a gun was once fired on enemy ships attempting to enter the shipping channel into Brisbane.

Honeymoon Bay is also beautiful at sunset as the sun reflects off the rocky headland of Cape Moreton.

Honeymoon Bay

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Cape Moreton

At the north eastern tip of Moreton Island is the rocky headland of Cape Moreton and the Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

Sand being caught on the rocky outcrop and building up behind the rocks was how the whole of Moreton Island was formed.

From the top of Cape Moreton where the lighthouse stands, this whole area commands breathtaking 360 degree views and is the perfect spot for whale watching during whale season.

Just below the lighthouse is the Cape Moreton Information Centre.

Once the former Assistant Lighthouse Keeper’s residence, it now houses interactive displays and exhibits that are very informative and worth the visit.

Cape Moreton Beach Moreton Island

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Camping within 2hrs of Brisbane - Moreton Island
Gutter Bar, Moreton Island

The Gutter Bar

The Gutter Bar is a great spot to stop at the south end of the island. Located at Kooringal it has excellent food, assorted drinks and some great quirky features.

It doesn’t matter what time you call into the Gutter Bar for a drink, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

Not only is the Gutter Bar a ‘must stop’ for a few drinks and a meal, it is also one of the general stores on Moreteon Island conveniently stocking milk, bread, ice and general grocery items.

Opening Hours are 8.30am – 6pm every day

Mirapool Lagoon

Mirapool Lagoon and Days Gutter

Mirapool Lagoon and Days Gutter are at the south end of the Island and have fabulous views over to Stradbroke Island (Straddie).

The South Passage, the waters separating the two islands, are extremely dangerous. Don’t try crossing there even in a boat.

Swimming is prohibited in Mirapool Lagoon and this area is also a special protection zone (Green Zone) and a Marine National Park zone therefore fishing and collecting of any form is prohibited.

Vehicle access along the beach at Mirapool is not permitted 3 hrs either side of high tide in order to reduce the disturbance on the migratory shorebirds. Please use the Mirapool Bypass road.

Bulwer Wrecks Moreton Island

Bulwer

Bulwer is one of the three townships on Moreton Island and is located at the northern end of the island on the western side.

The Bulwer Wrecks provides a shallow and safe area for swimming and snorkeling.

It is also home to the Castaways store but be prepared, it closes at 3pm each day except Friday and Saturday when it remains open until 8pm.

Located at Bulwer is the Moreton Island Rural Fire Brigade, which also doubles as an Emergency Station, a First Aid Station and a Helipad.

Two other helipads are on Moreton, one at Kooringal and the other at Tangalooma where they operate scenic helicopter flights.

Rous Battery Moreton Island

Rous Battery

Rouss Battery gives you an insight to how close Brisbane came to being attacked by the Japanese in the 1940’s.

It is one of two large defensive systems built on Moreton Island during the early stages of World War II. The other is at Cowan Cowan.

The protruding concrete remnants of the Rous Battery can easily be seen from the eastern beach of Moreton Island.

Big Sandhills

Big Sand Hills and Little Sand Hills

These amazing sand hills certainly stand out and are just one of the features of Moreton Island. You can clearly see the big white sand hills from across the bay from Brisbane.

With no vegetation these wind shaped dunes stretch from one side of the island to the other across the southern tip.

Hike to the top of these steep dunes and take in the amazing views back to Brisbane.

You can access the Little Sand Hills from the eastern beach but the Big Sand Hills are more easily accessible from the western beach.

Tobagganing is very popular as well, it’s a lot faster coming down than going up!!

Adele at the Little Sand Hills

Moreton Island Wildlife

All year round you’ll see lots of Dolphins, Dugongs and Turtles in the waters all around the island. 

From April to November you’ll witness Humpback Whales as they pass by on their journey up and down the majestic Queensland ocean waters.

There are no cane toads on Moreton Island and there’s a considered effort for that to remain the case.

Consider checking your gear before you go to ensure there’s no vermin or new pest species that may be introduced.

Adele with 2 Bream

Moreton Island Fishing

Be aware of and know all your fishing green zones as there are several around Moreton Island beaches.

There is no fishing, collecting bait or taking shells from these areas.

Fisheries patrol the island and issue hefty fines for any offences.

Moreton Island is great for fishing all year round.

On the flats around Kooringal in the south or at the northern end of the island it can be great for whiting, flathead and bream.

From the ocean beach you can catch almost anything with Tailor, Bream, Dart and Whiting all readily available in the gutters which form along the beaches.

Bigger fish such as Mackerel, Trevally and Jewfish are also good species to target along the ocean beach and the rocks around Cape Moreton. Just be aware of Green zones.

You can catch worms and find pippies along Moreton Island’s beaches and they are great baits to use.

Yabbies are available at Kooringal and Yellow Patch, once again check before you start pumping that you are not in a Green Zone.

Kev Fishing Moreton Island

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5 Hills Sunset
Stunning sunset from 5 Hills

Moreton Island Sunsets

Experience sunsets from all over the Island including Cape Moreton, Five Hills Lookout and Bulwer Wrecks.

The Cape Moreton Lighthouse hosts one of the highest points to witness both a Moreton Island sunset and sunrise.

Five Hill Lookout is a great vantage point to watch the sunset and the lookout offers scenic views of Heath Island and the intertidal estuary below.

It is a moderate 500 metre walk up to the lookout.

Bulwer Wrecks provide a stunning silhouette at sunset!

The golden glow across the waters of Moreton Bay are sensational.

Bulwer Wrecks Moreton Island at sunset

Moreton Island Tours

There’s lots of great ways of enjoying Moreton Island and organised tours can really enhance your experience.

They are informative and lots of fun.

Take a look at some of these great tours which offer fantastic value.

Brisbane to Moreton Island Scenic Day Tour

Take a scenic day tour from Brisbane to the magnificent Moreton Island where you can soak up the bubbles in the Champagne Pools and stop at the spectacular Honeymoon Bay.

Also learn about the island history and culture at the Moreton Island Museum and enjoy a swim in the clear fresh water of Blue Lagoon.

The tour includes picnic lunch and drinks on the beach as well as sampling some traditional bush tucker.

Brisbane to Moreton Island Day Tour with Water Activities

Cruise across the bay to Moreton Island where you can relax on the beach in the sun, enjoy a guided snorkelling tour around Tangalooma Wrecks with the use of the ‘see through’ body boards and see the amazing coral and reef fish below.

After a picnic lunch on the beach experience the awesome fish feeding frenzy in the transparent kayaks and go sand tobogganing at exhilarating speeds of up to 70km/h!

Tangalooma Island Resort Day Tour with Dolphin Feeding and Desert Sarari

Enjoy full use of Tangalooma Island Resorts 40 free activities throughout the day plus choose from either the Desert Safari Tour, Marine Discovery Cruise or The Wrecks Snorkelling Tour.

The highlight of the tour being admission to the nightly dolphin feeding program where you will also receive a Complimentary Dolphin Feeding digital Photo.

Moreton Island Tangalooma Wrecks Snorkelling Tour with Lunch

A Marine Discovery Cruise where you will look to spot dolphins, turtles and dugongs, a guided snorkelling tour around The Wrecks at Tangalooma which is teaming with sub-tropical fish and coral are the main features of this Moreton Island tour.

Morning tea and a delicious tropical buffet lunch is included and you also can enjoy free time on the beach, swimming and climbing the sand dunes.

Check out these other interesting blogs:

Pin – Everything you need to know to go Moreton Island Camping

Have you ever been camping on Moreton Island? Tell us about your Moreton Island Camping experience and where you prefer to stay!

Safe travels

Kev & Adele
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We are Adele & Kevin, an Aussie couple from Brisbane in Queensland Australia who have embraced our adventurous spirit and ventured out to explore the world around us. We had spent so much time overseas we decided it was time to see our own truly amazing country and we needed to take some time to see everything it has to offer.

Our Aim is to inspire others to travel and help design the greatest adventure they can experience.

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Photography and Socials

Our camera equipment we use for all our photos and videos are:

Samsung Note 10 Plus Phone – http://ebay.us/9vMXEH – Most of our photos are simply from our phones. The Samsung phone cameras are pretty insane. Our phones have 512gb storage in ours but the 256gb in this one is heaps.

Samsung s21 Phonehttps://ebay.us/QAdwva – this looks an insane camera within a phone. We have friends and our son who own one and it seems quite extraordinary with their camera quality. If you’re after a new phone this is what I’d be looking at.

Canon 800dhttps://ebay.us/Q0UV1z – the latest DSLR Canon 24mp camera, buy here to save.

Nikon Coolpix p1000https://ebay.to/37cORUV – We have the Nikon P900 and this is the new model. The zoom lens is unbelievable and so awesome when travelling and you want to capture photos from a distance.

Lenses

Canon 50mm lens – https://ebay.to/3nx5pyG  This is the lens I use the least, ideal for still, close up shots.
Canon 24-105mm lenshttps://ebay.us/br9MeO – This is my all round, everyday use, zoom lens. Amazing quality, great price.
Canon 70-300mm lens – https://ebay.to/33xYeht – I use this one a lot for long range shots.
Sigma 10-20mm lenshttp://ebay.us/zWvfuI  – My wide angle lens for all my inside photos & video plus lots more, love this lens.

Our Go Pro 9 Hero Black – https://ebay.us/6CQOVC  –  is an awesome piece of equipment. I use this for all underwater, action video and some general use. Buy here brand new and great value.

Mavic Pro Platinum Drone – https://ebay.to/2ARPxTo  This is an absolute ripper of a drone. The Fly More Combo will provide you with everything you will need. I use this for all my aerial footage and this price is well below other retail stores.

The Mavic Pro 2https://ebay.us/rMTTzE – is the latest Drone of choice for many travellers. It’s compact style, battery longevity and high quality footage makes it the perfect all round Drone.

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