DIY Day Tour

If you don’t have time to stay overnight the Micat offers great DIY day tours on Moreton Island. Create your own day tour by building a personal itinerary (or just have a few drinks on the beach) – check out ferry times by clicking here and then read below to learn about how you can enjoy a day trip on beautiful Moreton Island! Click here or view below to see an interactive map of Moreton Island so you can pick and choose how you’d like to spend your day off – remember, it’s only 90 minutes from Brisbane, so you’ll have plenty of time as long as you book an early ferry. If you’re going to drive, donโ€™t forget to check the tide times!

Book a walk-on ticket to Micat Ferry here!

Do I need to book?

Yes! We do sometimes sell out for walk-on passengers, so we highly recommend booking at least a couple of days in advance. If you want to make sure the weather is perfect, or are just last minute bookers, you can book up to 1 hour prior to the Micat departure you are looking to travel on. If you do turn up on the day with no booking, it will cost 20% more than booking online ($75 return), and you will only be able to purchase a 1 way ticket, so we highly recommend booking in advance!

What can I bring on Micat?

Up to three pieces of luggage, for example a duffle bag, an esky and a beach chair. Everything must be carried onboard by you and loaded onto the luggage racks, so please ensure not to pack more than you can handle! If you have additional luggage, you will be charged $10 per additional piece per way.

If you have oversized items, for instance, surfboards, trolleys or other large items that wonโ€™t fit on the luggage racks, these will be charged additional amounts prior to boarding. See the list of charges for oversized or additional luggage items on Micat.

Item Price (return) Do I need to book?
Kayak or stand up paddleboard $50 Yes
Surfboard $40 Yes
Luggage Buggy $35 No
Large Esky $20 No
Additional item small $15 No
Additional item large $30 No

To book, just call 3909 3333.

What should I bring for the day?

Make sure you bring enough food & water for the day as there is no easy access to shops on the island. Tangalooma Island Resort typically does not allow non-resort customers to enter the resort, so the closest shop to the ferry landing point is Castaways Moreton Island, which is approximately 2 โ€“ 3 hours walk from the ferry landing point. There are public toilets at the wrecks campground, an easy 5 minute walk from where the ferry lands. There also toilets at the ferry terminal and onboard the Micat.

For more information on the Tangalooma Island Resort, head to their website here.

For more information on Castaways Moreton Island, head here.

You can also hire kayaks, snorkelling gear (including wetsuits) from Sunset Safaris directly off the beach!

What can I do when I get there?

Micat lands at the Tangalooma wrecks, so the most popular thing to do is just go for a swim! You can bring your snorkelling gear, or hire snorkelling gear and go snorkelling at the Tangalooma Wrecks. This is a public attraction, no booking needed.There can be strong currents that sweep between the beach and the wrecks.

There are also beautiful sand dunes where we land, with an lovely walk to the top of the dunes.

Can you snorkel the wrecks without booking?

Yes! The wrecks are a public attraction, no need to book ๐Ÿ˜Š

Micat lands at the Tanglooma wrecks, so it is a short 2 minute walk to the nearby beach where you can swim to the wrecks. The wrecks are located approximately 200m off the beach, so a short swim before you reach them.

There can be strong currents that sweep through the wrecks.

Important Information

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We have a 3 bag limit, pack lightly if you’re doing a walk-on – it’s a big day!
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Consider a guided tour with Sunset Safaris.
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You can rent snorkelling and kayaks on the beach.
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Check out the Moreton Island Map to get day trip ideas!
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Have a drink and a smiley pie on the Micat! (Bar opens at 9am)
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To book a walk on ticket, click here.
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If you’re not driving, pack food and drinks as Castaways General Store is about 20 minutes’ drive from the Micat landing spot.
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Tangalooma Resort do not allow ‘walk-ins’ – you must be staying at the resort to access their facilities.
Moreton Island Interactive Map
Moreton Island HEMA Map
Moreton Island Fisheries Map
Moreton Island Castaways Map
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Frequently Asked Questions

How far away do you land from The Wrecks?

It’s just a short 5 minute walk to the beautiful Tangalooma Wrecks from the Micat’s drop off point.

How long does it take to get there?

Approximately 90 minutes and of course the return trip is the same ๐Ÿ™‚

Can you hire equipment on the beach?

Yes and yes! You can hire snorkelling and kayaks (including clear bottom kayaks) straight off the beach! Awesome right, just look out for the big orange bus. Prices and more info are available here
Snorkelling gear โ€“ you can BYO gear, but if you are walking onto the ferry, make sure you are within your three bag limit. If you have additional baggage you will be charged prior to boarding.
If you would like to bring your kayak or surfboard as a walk-on, this will need to be stored as freight for the journey, so you do need to call to book (3909 3333). You will be charged an addition fee for freightโ€ฆor you could save the hassle and just hire one on the beach with Sunset Safaris!If youโ€™re bringing a car, whatever fits in or on your car (as long as it doesnโ€™t hang over the length of your vehicle) is up to you!

Do I need a vehicle access permit?

Moreton Island is 98% National Park, so you will need to purchase a vehicle access permit to drive on the island (even if you are just heading to the resort), and if you are camping, you need to book and pay for a camping permit.

Native Title of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee group was formally recognised on Moreton Island on November 22 2019. This means that all vehicle access permits and camping permits are now booked through the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (sometimes called QYAC) on their website here

You can also get in touch with Mulgumpin Camping on (07) 3506 2371.

What are your ferry times?

To view our timetable, head here.

What if I get lost on Moreton Island?

Make sure you download our map prior to your departure and have an idea of the tracks to take to your accommodation. Navigating around the island is quite simple, the most difficult part is tide times! Make sure you check the tides before any journey.

In the unlikely event that you do get lost, please contact emergency services to assist.

Where is Castaways located?

Castaways store and accommodation is located in the small township of Bulwer. This township is roughly a 20 minute drive north from where the Micat lands on Moreton Island. Make sure you turn into the township at the Bulwer wrecks and follow the signs to Castaways ๐Ÿ˜Š

Where does the Micat land on Moreton Island?

The Micat lands directly on the beach and drops passenger and vehicles off next to the Wrecks, on the western side of the island (see This map of Moreton Island for more information).

Do you have parking?

Sure do ๐Ÿ˜Š Our parking is $20 per day, and is first in, best dressed on the day (no prebooking necessary). Please keep in mind that during peak periods our parking does fill up, so we recommend carpooling or uber / taxi wherever possible. The closest train station is Wynnum North.

How do I book a vehicle on the Micat?

Just head to our bookings site by clicking Book Now at the top of the screen, then follow the prompts. Here is a handy how to video in case you get stuck: https://youtu.be/ez8sWXDEqiw.

How much does a vehicle cost return?

A vehicle price depends on the date your are looking to travel, the time of day, the length of your vehicle and/or trailer, and the number of people in the vehicle. The best way to checkout our pricing is to head to our bookings site here; and make a dummy booking ๐Ÿ˜Š

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How to Drive to Castaways at Bulwer from the Micat

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