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Part H - Moreton Island

Part H - Moreton Island
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15 April - 09 June






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Introduction to Moreton Island

WHEN LEUTENANT James Cook sailed northward along Australia's East Coast, he followed the the sand islands northward from Point Danger until reaching the top of what is now Moreton Island. Thinking it was part of the mainland. He named the rocky point "Cape Morton", after the Scottish Earl of Morton. From there he continued sailing northward assuming Morton Bay, which he also named, was just a regular bay with no port suitable for establishing what would eventually become one of Australia's major cities. A transcription of his records 23 years later resulted in the mispelling "Moreton" which we have been stuck with ever since.

The most remote and beautiful part of the South East Queensland coastline would definitely have to be Moreton Island. With one resort and three small villages, the island is otherwise entirely pristine national park. Although part of Brisbane City, the bay is wide enough here to hardly be able to see any of the city at all, as if it were a very isolated island paradise.

From Amity Point, I cross over the notorious passage to Kooringal at the bottom of Moreton Island, and complete a circumnavigation around this pristine island. Heading up the west coast, I eventually reach the entrance of Moreton Bay and cross the spectacular northern coast of the island to the rugged Cape Moreton, before following the long exposed coast southwards back to Kooringal where I head back over to the northern coast of North Stradbroke Island and head across to Point Lookout completing this leg of 126 kilometres.


40 - Sandblows over the mangroves

Crossing the notorious South Passage to Moreton Island and hiking through Kooringal to Little Sandhills for... more...


41 - Remnants of a whaling industry

Following the narrow strip of golden beach under towering sandhills to Tangalooma Resort and The Wrecks... more...


42 - Hidden villages in the forest

Continuing from The Wrecks around Cowan Cowan Point passing pristine blue waters to Bulwer near the eastern... more...


43 - Mouth of Moreton Bay

Rounding Comboyuro Point and following the spectacular north coast of Moreton Island crossing Heath Island... more...


44 - Cape to lakes

Exploring the volcanic Honeymoon Bay and Cape Moreton before heading south along the ocean beach to... more...


45 - World's tallest coastal sand hill

Hiking southward to Eager's Creek from where I head inland and climb Mount Tempest before returning to the... more...


46 - The deep lagoon

Reaching Camel Rock and the ruins of Rous Battery before continuing southward to near the bottom of the... more...


47 - Top of Straddie

Heading to Reeders Point and Crossing South Passage back to North Stradbroke Island following its northern... more...


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