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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 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.


  • 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Whether you love to be in the water or prefer to stay dry, you can check out Tangalooma Wrecks on this fully guided tour. A highlight: A chance to go sandboarding on sand dunes that could rival The Alps for mountain-based fun.

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

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.


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.

Shelly S

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2017

Not good value for money. Most of the staff are excellent and friendly. Sand boarding very disappointing and guide in need of a lot more training in customer service.

khashayar f

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2016

Kayaking and snorkeling were nice but the Sandboarding was not for me, especially on a hot sunny day.

Pui Shan L

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2016

I like the sandboarding the best. The kayaking was so and so. We could have gone farther away and for a longer period. Since the group was too big, we were split into two smaller groups and took turns to do kayaking and snorkelling. The corals near the wrecks were a disappointment, compared with those in Kota Kinabalu, or other islands.
But it was good that the operator organised everything and the lunch was fresh and healthy!

Axel R

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2016

It was a cool trip, but the price/value could be better.
The guides were excellent and funny, so it definitly was not boring.
Sand-boarding was a crazy experience - You get a piece of plywood, it seems like taken from an old cupboard, but definitly is not specially created for this type of activity - you lay down on it and go head-first down the sand dune. seems scary, but was fun. but prepare to eat some sand :
The buffet/picknic lunch at the beach was perfect.
The guided snorkeling tour around the wrecks was nothing special, and the guidance only meant that there was someone showing us where to go, but there was no commentary.I think everybody would have figured a way around, so the guide is actually not necessary. Also there were not many colorful fish, most of the fish were the same. there is not much coral on the wrecks yet, so nothing special to see when snorkeling.
Similar as with the snorkeling was also the kayaking in the transparent kayaks. It was fun driving around, but there was actually no point in it, no goal, nowhere special to go, we just drove up and down by the wrecks and actually saw nothing in the water. We took the amateur kayaking group, but I recommend everyone who has been on a kayak or small boat, or raft before, or is a little into sports - take the advanced group. Do not know what else they did, but maybe they went a little further from the wrecks and possibly saw sth interesting.
Overall the trip was a nice experience, but in my opinion not totally worth the money.

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