If you’re into hiking, but you don’t have time to stray far from Brisbane, why not try out Moreton Island’s hiking environment? Head on over to Snowy’s Blog to check out the full report on his Moreton Island hiking experience. Moreton Island is only a 90 minute ferry trip from Brisbane on board the Micat and would have to be one of the most underestimated hiking destinations in Queensland. There are so many different options available to make it the perfect option for seasoned hikers and for novices alike.
There are so many options for hiking on Moreton Island. Less experienced hikers can spend an hour or two exploring various parts of the island. More experienced hikers can plan a longer trip around and across the island, taking a couple of days to absorb the attributes of this beautiful landmass.
Taking in the sights on foot, is the ideal way to capture the unique flora and fauna on this amazing island which is the world’s third largest sand island. There are countless opportunities to take that once in a lifetime photo.
Low tide provides opportunities to explore the tidal flats and catch a glimpse of the many sea creatures that make this place such a unique experience. Waves of scurrying blue soldier crabs are a common sight on the sand and mud flats. Their spontaneous arrival is triggered by the falling tide. If disturbed, they burrow into the sand, disappearing as quickly as they arrived. Moreton Island is also home to numerous different species of birds – so don’t forget your binoculars!
There are many tracks to explore on Moreton but among the more challenging is the Telegraph Walking Track. As you walk you can spot telegraph posts from the old telegraph line built in the 1890s for the Cape Moreton Lighthouse. Relics can still be found along Bulwer–North Point Road and Telegraph Road. Another track for the more experienced hiker to explore is the Rous Battery Track. You will see the remnants of a World War II fort scattered around the dunes. The walk follows the old Rous Battery service road.
Moreton Island is the sort of place where, with planning, you can organise your own hiking itinerary to suit your level of expertise and interests. Don’t forget, like any hiking expedition, you need to be well-prepared to make your experience on Moreton a success.