• Location: Brisbane, Australia
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Spend a blissful day on Moreton Island exploring the beaches, snorkel sites and enormous sand dunes during this full-day tour from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast. Travel with an experienced guide in a rugged 4-wheel drive vehicle, going from sea to sand as you snorkel at the Tangalooma Wrecks and kayak around the coral reef, then head inland to try sandboarding on the dunes. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach and soak in the tropical scenery of Moreton Island on this fun-filled tour.
Please note: An additional cost of AU$50pp is to be paid in cash to your driver prior to departure to cover national park and ferry fees during this tour.

Highlights

  • Full-day 4WD tour to Moreton Island with expert guide, from Brisbane or the Gold Coast
  • See vibrant marine life at the Tangalooma Wrecks during a guided snorkeling and kayak tour
  • Paddle over the reef in a transparent kayak or bodyboard to observe the underwater world from above
  • Get adrenaline-fueled thrills while sandboarding down the dunes
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach
  • Take time to do the activities or simply relax on the white sands
  • Includes use of snorkeling equipment, kayaks, bodyboards and safety gear

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What You Can Expect

Moreton Island Day Trip from Brisbane or the Gold Coast Including Kayaking and Sandboarding

Sandboarding on Moreton Island

After morning pickup from either Brisbane or the Gold Coast, catch the ferry to Moreton Island, crossing Moreton Bay in about 75 minutes. You might spot dolphins, migrating humpback whales and other marine animals on the way to Moreton Island.

Moreton Island is the third largest sand island in the world. Travel by sturdy 4WD-vehicle along the sandy beach to Tangalooma Wrecks where you have a choice of activities. Snorkel with your guide among the Tangalooma Wrecks, 15 ships that were purposely scuttled to create a breakwall, now inhabited by colorful corals, tropical fish, sea turtles and other critters. Alternatively, use provided transparent bodyboards to take a look at the reef, or stay dry and enjoy the beach.

Refuel with a picnic lunch served on the beach, then hop into a transparent kayak and follow your guide on a tour of the Tangalooma Wrecks, watching an array of fish swim underneath your kayak.

Swap the sea for the sand as your guide steers your 4WD inland to reach the sand dunes. There, try sandboarding, an exhilarating sport that is comparable to tobogganing. Some people can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour (50 kph) while zipping down the dunes.

If time allows after sandboarding, return to Tangalooma Beach for a swim before reboarding the ferry. Your tour ends with return to your starting point in Brisbane or the Gold Coast in the evening.

(Please note: if conditions are unfavorable for snorkeling and kayaking, a 4WD island tour will be substituted).

Customer Reviews

sabamonfaredrad

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Amazing experience. Very friendly staff. We had enough time for all the activities, and instructions were sufficient. Our tour guid took us some amazing photos while kayaking. Between all the tour guides, I only remember Chris and Tesha but they were all super nice. Sandboarding was really fun too.

joanne w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fun trip!

Robyn P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A super awesome day! Grant tour guide and Eric tour guide in training were very friendly, courteous and patient. Grant's knowledge of the island extensive. Didn't want the day to end.

Amos L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We enjoyed ourselves and it was an experience to remember! Thanks very much :

Linda R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

I had a great time. The 2 guides that led us on the activities were very sure that we had a safe and fun time. Lunch was a healthy make you own and easy to eat on the beach. I would highly recommend this tour company. It is a very active, fast pace tour.

gjg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Enjoyed the entire day! Lots of fun even for this Granny. I did the sandboarding, snorkeling and kayaking! Our guides were great! Lunch was nice.

Choon Hong L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Highly recommend this trip, simply awesome. The tour guides Matt and Bob from Sunsetsafaris are caring, funny, and responsible.They not only taking care of the fun making of the trip, they do care about your safety as well, really appreciate their patient and caring especially during the snorkeling, as we are not a good swimmer.

The sandborading is a must-try thing in Moreton island! There is one suggestion I can give, probably the participants could be provided a safety goggle during sandboarding, to prevent the sand went into eyes, especially for those who are wearing contact lens, it will be useful.

Mark W

4 star rating: Recommended May 2017

The trip started off a bit chaotic with staff not really speaking to anyone or getting involved. however, once at the island the and #34;boss and #34; took over and things improved dramatically... Great sand boarding, kayaking and diving. A fab time around the sunken ships, thankfully the trip finished on a high n

Rick C

4 star rating: Recommended April 2017

Great day trip from Brisbane for the whole family. The snorkeling was fantastic... lots of very cool fish. The Sandboarding wasn't great... long ride out for only a few runs down the hill and the majority of the people in our group could not even gain enough speed to make it down the whole thing. Great lunch on the beach and the clear Kayaks were fun as well.

Karen A

4 star rating: Recommended March 2017

For the trip to Moreton Island, we were picked up in the Gold Coast. The bus driver that picked us up was very friendly and on-time. From the Gold Coast, we went to Brisbane to pick up other passengers. The bus ride from the Gold Coast to Brisbane was very loud and bumpy. The ferry ride was 1.5 hours long. We purchased snacks and drinks while aboard the ferry. Once we arrived on Moreton Island, we started immediately with the kayaking - it was a nice way to ease into the day. After kayaking, we put on wet suits, flippers, gloves, and a mask for snorkeling. Two guides lead us around in the snorkeling area, so we could see the most number of fish. I have been snorkeling all around the world, and the fish on Moreton Island were abundant but not exotic. After snorkeling, we had a picnic lunch which consisted of make-your-own-sandwiches. The lunch was very informal - no plates, no salads, no napkins - only sandwiches. There were multiple choices of meats and toppings. The food was very fresh. The only drink choice was non-chilled water from a large thermos. After lunch, we piled into a 4x4 bus for a 30 minute drive through the sand to the desert for sandboarding. The sandboarding was very fun, but it was a little rough on the body. You must traverse the hill on your stomach, so your mid-section feels very bump. Some people got a face full of sand. After sandboarding, we piled into the bus for another 30 minute drive back to the beach. After 15 minutse of swimming, it was time to board the ferry for our return trip.

If I were to take this tour again, I would arrange my own transportation from the Gold Coast to Brisbane because I could not tolerate the loud, bumpy bus ride. Also, I would ask for more time snorkeling and less time in the kayak. Lastly, drink options such as bottled water, juice, etc. at lunch would have been nice.

Moreton Island is absolutely beautiful!

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