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Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island

In our travels all around Australia over more than 4 years we can tell you, Fraser Island is as spectacular as anywhere.

It’s one place everybody should want to visit in their lifetime as everything to see and do on Fraser Island will leave a lasting impression.

There is so much that is unique about the World’s Largest Sand Island but you’re going to need a 4wd and at least a few days just to see the main attractions.

Add another few days to relax, absorb your surroundings and catch a few fish. Even learn the techniques for worming, now that’s a challenge.

Poyungan Rocks Sunrise
Mornings on Fraser Island

There are a lot of great day trips you can do but it’s like watching the split second highlights of your favourite footy teams win on the news. You get the idea of it but you really want to see so much more and now wished you’d watched the whole thing.

Fraser Island is diverse, unique, stunning and spectacular. It is steeped in so much history.

With decades of experience of coming to Fraser Island and having lived here for an extended period with the island almost to ourselves we have an intimate knowledge of this majestic location that everyone wants to see.

Everything there is to See and Do on Fraser Island

These are the primary places you will want to go when you visit Fraser Island.

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island - Lake McKenzie
Lake McKenzie

Lake McKenzie

There are over 100 freshwater lakes on Fraser Island but none as incredible or as popular as Lake McKenzie.

The Lake is rainwater and has no creek or river access. Just like you experience on spectacular Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays, the sand is pure silica.

The water feels soft as you swim and is cooler than the ocean waters making it very refreshing.

Aerial View of Lake McKenzie

There is a fenced picnic area to enjoy your lunch you brought with you. No food is allowed outside this fenced area.

No trip to Fraser is complete without visiting Lake McKenzie.

How to get there: From the ocean beach take the Eurong exit and follow the track and signs. It will take approx 25-30 mins and this track can be rough and slow due to all the traffic and tourist buses that use it. You can also access it from the Cornwell Rd track just north of Eurong. From Kingfisher Bay Resort, exit towards the ocean beach and look for the sign to Lake McKenzie.

Can I park close by: Yes, there’s a big carpark at Lake McKenzie with an easy 100m walk to the lake.

Are toilets available: Yes, you will walk past them for the entrance to the lake.

Is there phone reception: No

Looking up at the trees at Central Station
Central Station

Central Station Rainforest

Whenever you visit Lake McKenzie you should always stop at Central Station which is only a few kms nearby.

Central Station was originally a Logging Station and you can still see the cabins and some of the equipment they used on display. It is surrounded by magnificent rainforest with large ferns and an amazing canopy from the trees, some hundreds of years old.

There is an information board on display telling the details of the history of Central Station.

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island
Wanggoolba Creek

A short walk takes you to Wanggoolba Creek through the rainforest alongside a stream that is so clear at first you won’t even believe there is water flowing.

The next moment you will notice a leaf floating by and that’s when you realise there is actually water flowing. That’s how incredibly clear the water here is.

The boardwalk takes you further into the Rainforest beside the crystal clear Wanggoolba Creek where the surrounding beauty will leave you in awe of just what makes Fraser Island so unique.

A campground is also close by and there are toilets and a picnic area.

How to get there: From the ocean beach take the Eurong exit and follow the track and signs. It will take approx 25 mins and this track can be rough and slow due to all the traffic and tourist buses that use it. You can also access it from the Cornwell Rd track just north of Eurong. From Kingfisher Resort, exit towards the ocean beach and look for the sign to Lake McKenzie. Central Station is nearby, just follow the track and look for the signs.

Can I park close by: Yes, there’s a carpark at Central Station with an easy walk in to Central Station.

Are toilets available: Yes.

Is there phone reception: No

Looking down on the wreck of the S.S. Maheno

S.S. Maheno Wreck

The Maheno was built in 1905 in Scotland and began life as a Luxury Passenger Liner which accommodated 234 First class passengers, 116 Second class passengers and 60 in Third Class.

There was so much hype about its arrival in Australia that on its first voyage it created enormous attention at every stop.

At the start of World War 1, by official order, the New Zealand Government recommissioned the Maheno as a Hospital ship. After the war the Maheno was restored once again back to her former condition and returned to work as a passenger ship operating across the Tasman between Australia and New Zealand.

In 1935 the Maheno was retired as bigger and better ships were built. It was sold to ship breakers from Japan. The same company also bought the Ship named the Oonah which they decided to use to tow the Maheno to Japan.

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island - S.S. Maheno
Maheno Wreck

Whilst under tow the ships hit an unseasonable July cyclone as it passed Brisbane and the tow ropes broke and the Maheno was at the mercy of the wild seas before eventually being grounded on the beaches of Fraser Island.

The Maheno soon became a tourist destination with tour guides taking groups on fishing trips on the Maheno. They would fish off the decks of the abandoned ship and sleep in the cabins at night.

Wedding on the Maheno

The Maheno even hosted a wedding. Customs officers were required to oversee the ships equipment and chattels. One of the Customs officers had already postponed his wedding 3 times and so it was proposed to have the wedding on board the ship and the Captain agreed.

The Bride and Groom plus all the guests climbed a 9m high rope ladder to board the ship for the wedding.

85 years later and the ship still remains, even after being used as bombing practice by the Australian Air Force and for weapons training by the Secret Commando Unit on Fraser Island.

It’s now a rusted wreck with not too much left but it remains one of Fraser Island’s most popular and iconic pieces of history.

How to get there: Follow the ocean beach north from Happy Valley for 10 mins. It is a few kms north of Eli Creek.

Can I park close by: Yes, find a space to park high up on the beach.

Are toilets available: No

Is there phone reception: Sometimes if you have Telstra but very slow if available

Have you read our Ultimate Guide to Fraser Island. 

Adele wading through the waters of Eli Creek
Ever popular Eli Creek

Eli Creek

Eli Creek is an inland fresh water creek which flows an amazing 4 million litres of crystal clear sand filtered water into the ocean every hour!!

That’s a huge 96 million litres or pure fresh water every day!!

As one of the most popular and safe places to swim on the island, every day people float down Eli Creek on their favourite blow up mat or tube. You can also walk through the creek or just relax and enjoy lunch on the edge of the creek.

With so much water filtering out of Eli Creek into the ocean every day, driving past the beach in this section should always be done at low speed and with care.

There’s almost always a big washout and it changes daily.

How to get there: Eli Creek is just a few kms north of the township of Happy Valley.

Can I park close by: Yes, you can park backing on to the creek.

Are toilets available: Yes, walk over the bridge and follow the sign straight ahead.

Is there phone reception: No

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island - Champagne Pools
Champagne Pools

Champagne Pools

Another great place for a swim on Fraser Island is Champagne Pools. From the carpark it’s an easy boardwalk stroll to find these big naturally formed rock pools facing the ocean.

As waves crash over the rocks and fill the pools with ocean water it creates bubbles and froth similar to when you pour a glass of Champagne, hence it’s name.

The best time to swim here is low to mid tide. At high tide or during rough seas it might be dangerous with waves crashing over the rocks. Fish are known to enter the pools with the waves also.

Look between the rocks to find an array of beautiful coloured fish and other marinelife including crabs and shellfish.

How to get there: To find Champagne Pools head north up the beach to Indian Head and take the track behind Indian Head to the beautiful Bay on the other side. Drive up the beach to the next headland where you can park on the beach or drive up the track to the carpark next to the entrance. It is an easy stroll along the boardwalk to Champagne Pools.

Can I park close by: Yes, there are two carparks with an easy walking track to Champagne Pools

Are toilets available: Yes, at the main carpark.

Is there phone reception: No

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Parked on the Beach with Indian Head in the background

Indian Head

Indian Head is a rocky headland on Fraser Islands Eastern beach. It is located at the end of 75 mile beach and is the most Easterly point of the island.

The top of Indian Head provides spectacular views and it is common to spot Humpback Whales, Sharks, Rays, Turtles and more in the surrounding crystal clear blue waters.

Fishing is banned either side of Indian Head during August and September each year however for the rest of the year it is a great location to wet a line.

How to get there: Head north from the Maheno Wreck for approx 20 mins.

Can I park close by: Yes, you can park either side of Indian Head or at the base of the walk up.

Are toilets available: No.

Is there phone reception: No

For more on Fraser Island, be sure to read: Camping on Fraser and Moreton Island How we ended up on an Island in Lockdown

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island - The Cathedrals
Coloured sand cliffs – The Cathedrals

The Cathedrals

The Cathedrals are coloured sand cliffs created over thousands of years by wind and rain blown in from the Pacific Ocean.

Their structure and appearance resemble that of church cathedrals and hence this is how they got their name.

Located a few kms north of the Maheno Wreck they are worth stopping to view and learn more about.

How to get there: The Cathedrals are a short drive past the Maheno Wreck along 75 Mile Beach.

Can I park close by: Yes, park on the beach in front. Please do not climb on the Cathedrals or any dunes.

Are toilets available: No.

Is there phone reception: No

Beautiful coloured sands of The Pinnacles
The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles

Take a walk along the track into the Pinnacles to discover the incredible coloured sands of one of Fraser Island’s most historically enchanted locations.

Dreamtime stories of the local Indigenous people tell of the fight for the heart of a local woman who fell in love with a Rainbow Serpent and it ultimately led to the many different colours of the sand.

Early morning as the sun’s rays glisten on the coloured cliffs is the best time to view The Pinnacles.

How to get there: The Pinnacles are along 75 Mile Beach just north of the Maheno Wreck.

Can I park close by: Yes, park on the beach at the start of the track in to the Pinnacles.

Are toilets available: No.

Is there phone reception: No

Evertything to See and Do on Fraser Island - Sandy Cape
Aerial view of Sandy Cape

Sandy Cape

The Sandy Cape is the northern most tip of Fraser Island. A truly stunning part of the island with large sand blows, clear turquoise water and the rough wild seas where the oceans meet at the tip.

The spit at Sandy Cape continues for another 30kms beyond the tip of the beach.

Camping at the tip is fantastic as you’re often the only ones there however there are no facilities and amenities.

During season Loggerhead and Green turtles nest along the beaches in this northern part of the island and therefore driving at night is not permitted.

How to get there: Follow the ocean beach as far as you can go. You will need to navigate Indian Head, Waddy Point and Ngkala Rocks. Plan the drive around tides and give yourself plenty of time.

Can I park close by: Very few people at the Cape, find a sensible spot and enjoy.

Are toilets available: No.

Is there phone reception: No

Places to stay in Rainbow Beach and Hervey Bay: Rainbow Beach Holiday Village Hervey Bay 48hr Rest Stop The Pier Caravan Park Urangan

The Cape Lighthouse
Cape Lighthouse
Photo by Malcolm Griffin at Travel Australia Art Gallery

Cape Lighthouse

Due to the amount of shipwrecks around Sandy Cape a lighthouse was built in 1870. The now Heritage listed Sandy Cape Light is the tallest Lighthouse in Queensland.

To visit the lighthouse drive north from Orchid Beach, past Ngkala Rocks and to the northern tip of the island. Follow the beach around to the western or calm side and drive down the beach for 6kms.

Park your 4wd and take the walk to the Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse also marks the furthest you can drive down the western side of Fraser Island from the northern tip. The beach south of the Lighthouse is closed to vehicles.

How to get there: Drive to the northern tip at Sandy Cape and follow the beach around to the calm or western side. Drive for 6kms down the beach until you see the sign.

Can I park close by: Once you park at the beach it’s a soft sandy walk for a couple of kms to the Lighthouse.

Are toilets available: No.

Is there phone reception: No

Looking down on 75 Mile Beach
Fraser Island’s 75 Mile Beach

75 Mile Beach

The Ocean beach on Fraser Island stretches approximately 123kms. Prior to Australia changing to the metric system in 1970, this equated roughly to 75 miles and this is how it got its name.

The Beach is one of Australia’s most stunning scenic drives and is a recognised National Highway.

This means all road rules apply including driving to the speed limits, keeping to the left as we do in Australia and drink driving (DUI) limits apply.

Driving along the beach you may witness breaching Humpback Whales, Dingoes, Snakes, many fantastic tourist spots on the island and other island visitors and their vehicles. You will also see airplanes who have designated runways along the beach.

Beach conditions change every day and it is vital to look out for washouts, soft sand and pedestrians. It is ideal to plan your driving around 2-3 hours either side of low tide for easier driving and better fuel economy.

Never drive on the sand dunes.

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island - Lake Wabby
At the water’s edge of Lake Wabby

Lake Wabby

Lake Wabby is located approximately half way between the township of Eurong and Poyungan Rocks.

Pull up into the carpark on the beach and take the 4.5 km return walk over Hammerstone Sandblow and down the steep dune into Lake Wabby.

This sandblow is slowly filling Lake Wabby and in course will completely engulf the entire Lake.

Trekking over Hammerstone Sandblow to Lake Wabby
Hammerstone Sandblow

Hammerstone Sandblow

The Hammerstone Sandblow is just one of 36 Sandblows on Fraser Island.

Lake Wabby is a freshwater lake which looks Lime Green in colour and is a gorgeous spot to cool off after the walk here.

You can also continue your walk to the Lake Wabby lookout which is a 7.5km return trip from the beach entrance.

How to get there: The entrance to Lake Wabby is approx 5 kms north of Eurong along the ocean beach. You can also access it from the Cornwell Track Rd.

Can I park close by: Park on the beach and it is a reasonably easy 2km plus walk in to Lake Wabby.

Are toilets available: Yes at the beach entrance to Lake Wabby.

Is there phone reception: No

Ngkala Rocks

Ngkala Rocks is a headland and outcrop of rocks north of Orchid Beach. Known for it’s 4wd challenge in crossing the soft sand track to bypass the rocks or crossing up and over the rocks at the front.

The right tyre pressure for the conditions, ideally good ground clearance and some recovery gear will see you through however there’s always someone bogged on the track and long delays are often the case when trying to get over Ngkala Rocks.

It’s all part of the fun on Fraser Island.

How to get there: Drive north of Orchid Beach for 5-10 mins until you reach the rocky outcrop.

Are toilets available: No.

Is there phone reception: No

Memorabilia of the S.S. Maheno on display at the Happy Valley Retrest
Happy Valley Retreat

Townships and Resorts on Fraser Island

There are a few small townships around the island where you can find food, coffee, bait and fuel to purchase during your stay.

The shops also have a lot of great photos and memorabilia about the island. Happy Valley Retreat includes models of the original S.S. Maheno and a number of large photos and information boards about the wreck and the island in general.

How to get there: Eurong, Happy Valley, The Cathedrals and Orchid Beach are all on the ocean side of the island and Kingfisher Bay Resort is located on the Western side.

Can I park close by: Yes, each township has plenty of parking.

Are toilets available: There are public toilets at Eurong, Happy Valley and The Cathedrals. Orchid Beach does not have public toilets. Public toilets are nearby at Waddy Point.

Is there phone reception: All the townships have Telstra coverage and some coverage with other networks.

Watch our video at the 7.15 minute mark to see when I got lucky and captured the experience of a Super Hornet flying over.

Super Hornets

Planes flying above Fraser Island is very common but it’s the Super Hornet Jets that really grab your attention. They are super fast, super loud and are above you and gone before you have time to grab a camera.

Throughout the year but especially in September they fly from Townsville to Amberley in Brisbane. In September they do practice runs for their annual flyover during the Brisbane Riverfire spectacular.

They fly very low over Fraser Island making the experience of speed and sound one you won’t miss.

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island - Air Fraser Scenic Flight
Fraser Island Scenic Flight

Scenic Flights – Air Fraser

Air Fraser operates 15 minute scenic flights from different locations around the island. What they take you to see will depend on where you take the flight from.

They use the beach as a runway to take off and land. This makes for a unique experience when a plane flies over you just metres above your vehicle. You can park and watch them take off and land on the beach.

Be aware of your surroundings and any planes that may be landing or taking off and give them the appropriate space to fly safely.

We did a flight over Lake Wabby, Lake McKenzie and Central Station.

Cost is usually around $80 per person.

Find out everything there is to see and do from Hervey Bay to Bundaberg

Watching the Humpback Whales migrate past Fraser Island
Humpback Whales

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island with Animals

Fraser Island is home to a large array of wildlife and marine animals. All the animals are wild and should be treated with caution and never be fed.

Keep a safe distance from all the animals and appreciate them from a distance.

Marine Life

Dolphins, Sting Rays and Sharks are common in the waters around Fraser Island. They come up close to the beach at times and can easily be seen around the island. You can often spot them from atop Indian Head.

Humpback Whales during their season of June to November migrate north before returning south again are easily spotted as they play and breach in the waters off Fraser Island.

Day tours from Hervey Bay are available to go sight seeing and see the beautiful Humpback Whales up close.

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island - Sea Snake on the beach
Sea Snake

Snakes

Sea snakes are another common aquatic animal often spotted around Fraser Island, sometimes washed up on the shores. These should never be approached as whilst they are a passive snake they are also highly venomous.

There are 18 species of snakes around the island and they are especially active in summer. One-third of Fraser Island’s snakes are venomous including the Eastern Brown and Coastal Taipan.

Everything to See and Do on Fraser Island
Dingoes, Mum Dad and Pup

Dingoes

There are quite a number of dingoes roaming Fraser Island and a visit is sure to see you come across one on the beach or across the many inland tracks.

Dingoes are very cunning and incredibly opportunistic and will watch you for hours in an attempt to steal food from you.

It is vital not to leave any food where they can access it.

The Fraser Island dingo is the purest breed of dingo in Australia. They are naturally lean and walk up to 45kms per day across the soft sands of Fraser Island.

Birds

The birds around the island are majestic. Large Eagles and Osprey soar above the ocean beaches. Watch as they swoop on stunned fish after being released back in the water by fisherman.

Australia’s native and iconic Kookaburra are another feature to the island. We witnessed them whilst we had lunch at Lake McKenzie.

The Australian Pied Oystercatcher is common to see along the beaches. It is easily recognisable for it’s red beak and is often searching for worms and crabs in the sand.

Other birds rest along the beaches after long flights from distant countries. Resting and building energy reserves for their long flight back is important so they are best left undisturbed.

Lizards

Monitor Lizards roam the bushes, shrubs and lakes and aren’t to be messed with. They have large sharp claws used for digging and capturing their prey.

They are fascinating to watch but don’t get in their way or try to handle one.

Like all animals on the island, view from a safe distance.

Awesome Sunrises on Fraser Island
Fraser Island Sunrise

Sunrises

Early mornings on Fraser Island are well worth it to witness the dawn of a new day. As the dark turns to day the Sunrises over the ocean beach are nothing short of spectacular.

Head to the beach with your camera and enjoy the stunning views each morning.

Don’t miss reading our Ultimate Guide to Fraser Island for all the information about visiting.

There is so much more to Fraser Island if you have a few weeks to explore this magical location. Everything to see and do on Fraser Island is simply amazing!

The Great Barrier Reef begins just a few short kms north of Fraser Island.

We truly love Fraser Island, it is one of the most extraordinary places on our planet.

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.

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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
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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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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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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.

Hema Maps are also excellent to use when travelling around Australia.

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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
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.

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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Rollingstone Camping, Free Camp with all the Facilities

The Rollingstone Camping Ground named Vincent “Bushy” Parker Park after a local war hero, Flight Lieutenant Vincent “Bushy” Parker, is a great place to stay just north of Townsville in Queensland.

For a Free Camp, the Rollingstone Camping area has a lot on offer, loads of facilities with easy access and plenty of space to park.

It’s simple to find however some people do report that google sends them directions which takes you under a low bridge.

Read on and we will tell you how to get there safely.

Rollingstone Camping Ground Facilities

While the nearby Rollingstone Beach Front Resort offers all the amazing bells and whistles for an overnight stay the Rollingstone Camping area is a basic Free camp but very good.

There are a number of potable water taps available providing drinking water to use.

A toilet block is onsite and is regularly maintained and kept clean by Townsville Council. There is also a dump point at the Rollingstone Camping Grounds.

Rollingstone Camping Ground Amenities and Dump Point
Rollingstone Camping Ground BBQs and Picnic Tables

Picnic tables are also available along with a BBQ and bins are here too. Please ensure all rubbish is placed in the bins and the area is kept clean and tidy.

We had 3 bars of 4G Telstra coverage while we were at the Camping area.

There are steps down to the nice, shallow creek alongside the Rollingstone Camping area which is perfect to wade into and cool off on a warm day.

Other Facilities near the Rollingstone Camping Area

Rollingstone has it’s own small general store offering fuel, food, a post office and a few other supplies.

Are Pets allowed at this Rollingstone Camping Area?

It is pet friendly and therefore dogs are permitted to stay at the Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping ground.

Read about: Traveling Australia with our dog MACKS

Shallow Creek running alongside the Rollingstone Camping Ground
Shallow Creek running alongside the Rollingstone Camping Ground

How to book your stay at this free Rollingstone Camping Ground

There is a Booking system for staying at any Townsville Camping Ground including Vincent “Bushy” Parker Park, Rollingstone Camping Ground.

On arrival, you can simply scan your smart phone on the sign at the entrance to the park or go to the website here – https://www.townsville.qld.gov.au/facilities-and-recreation/parks-beaches-and-community-venues/parks-trails-and-camping/camping-caravan-and-rv-sites

The Campground does get busy and therefore it’s best to arrive and book in early to secure a spot.

Cost to stay is Free. You can stay for 48 hours maximum within a 7 day period.

We didn’t stay but we went for a look on 12th of August 2021.

Rollingstone Camping Ground Entry

Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping Contact Details

Phone: 13 48 10
Address: Rollingstone Street, Rollingstone, Queensland
Website:

How to get to the Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping Ground

From the Bruce Highway take the Whalley Cres exit over the rail line and go right into Rollingstone Street.

Follow Rollingstone Street through the township to the entrance to the Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping Ground on your left.

Don’t take the first Rollingstone Street exit heading north as it takes you under a low 2.4m bridge.

What popular attractions are in and around the Rollingstone Camping Ground?

Big Crystal Creek

Big Crystal Creek otherwise known as Paradise Waterhole is just an hour north of Townsville and just under 21kms from the Rollingstone Camping Ground.

Located in the Paluma Range National Park this fabulous waterhole is an easy 2 minute walk from the Crystal Creek Campground and Recreational Day Use Area. The deep crystal clear pool is perfect for cooling off on a warm day.

Little Crystal Creek

Just  away is Little Crystal Creek which also has crystal clear waters making it another awesome spot for a refreshing swim on a hot day.

The water cascading under the heritage listed stone arch bridge built back in the 1930s makes a very picturesque setting.

Balgal Beach

Balgal Beach is just 4.7kms from the Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping Ground. Only a 5 minute drive and you go from bush to the beach.

The Balgal Beach is a patrolled beach with a swimming enclosure making it a safe place for swimming during the stinger season. Stinger season in North Queensland extends from November through to April/May.

Toomulla Beach

Another nearby beach is Toomulla Beach which is just 12kms south of the Rollingstone Camping Ground.

Toomulla Beach is a popular spot for fishing and bird watching. It also provides a free camping area with a maximum 48hr stay.

Toomulla Beach

Other great places to stay in the region:

Pin – Rollingstone Camping

Have you free camped at the Vincent ‘Bushy’ Parker Park Rollingstone Camping Ground? Tell us about your Rollingstone Camping experience!

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.

_____________________________________________________________________________________

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.

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