Okay, so Christmas holidays have come and gone, many a beach trip done, and countless cocktail catch-ups completed, but we've still got one goodie of a roadtrip holiday left, with our friends at The Leo Muller Group, to light up your life!
Hold on to your kaftans, 'cause we're off on an island adventure!
With a shiny new Jeep Wrangler (seriously, the team at The Leo Muller Group just keep upping the ante!), we are hopping on a ferry and jumping our way over to that shimmery spectre in the distance, Moreton Island.
Some exciting things await—four wheel driving, snorkeling, sand tobogganing—but before we get in to all that, have you entered the comp yet?
You'll be kicking yourself if you don't at least try to win this awesome holiday to one of the three coolest coastal destinations (Noosa, Coolangatta and Moreton Island) with a whole bunch of great prize inclusions. Check out what you can win here!
Entered? Good. Now download the map, stream the tunes and read on to get yourself around this big sandy mass before summer's out.
Moreton Island is one of the largest sand islands in the world so it makes the perfect spot for a fun session on the dunes with a sandboard or sand toboggan. Head to Little Sand Hills, Big Sand Hills and The Desert for some wind-in-your-face speed.
Sure, you can see dolphins at Seaworld, but how about getting right up in their faces at Tangalooma? You have to be a guest at Tangalooma Resort to actually feed them, but there's a great jetty where you can watch them frolicking and feeding.
The waves can get pretty gnarly (that's right, we've seen Point Break) but if you get to the beach in perfect conditions, the array of breaks, ranging from spits to beach breaks and rocky headlands, all along the eastern coastline are an excellent spot for learners and pros alike.
Diving & Snorkelling
Moreton is home to one the only true coral reef—Flinders Reef—near Brisbane, so if you're an accomplished diver head to the north side of the island to explore. Other spots include the Curtin Artificial Reef and the Tangalooma Wrecks—both manmade and renowned for their crystal clear waters—with some of the best opportunities to get amongst the fishies.
Put those walking shoes on and hit the many tracks winding their way across the island. Try Blue Lagoon for an easy option from the ocean side beach, or the Cape Moreton track—where you can see Queensland's first light house— which is approximately an hour's return trip. Gotta work for that afternoon champagne!
The Jeep Wrangler was made for driving, and that's just what you'll do. In complete style, mind you! Moreton is famous for it's great four-wheel driving and you can almost make it the whole way around the island's perimeter—with the exception of a few bypass tracks around townships and campgrounds. North Point to Reeders Point is 38km of uninterrupted four-wheeling bliss. [Editor's Tip: There are a few rocky outcrops along the way so make sure you take care and know what you are doing before heading out.]
Hit The Beach
The Surfside is 27km of sun-worshipping worthy sand and surf. Set up camp near the dunes and while the day away with a good book.
Cowan Beach is blocked off to vehicle traffic so it's the perfect spot to zone out for some beach time. A good magazine and a great playlist is all you need.
If you'd prefer more gentle lapping than crashing surf, head to Kooringal Beach, which faces west across the bay, for some relaxed paddling without fighting the waves.
EAT & DRINK
Things may be a little limited when it comes to the old restaurants and bars scene (it's an island, after all), but you may be surprised to find out there are still some places to go to, after a long day four-wheel driving or relaxing by the beach.
Bulwer Castaways Store and Restaurant
This place just oozes island life! With a 'shoes optional' philosophy, it's got quite the reputation for great Sunday breakfasts, long lazy lunches and super relaxed dining. It's certainly winning points for the thatched roof!
The Gutter Bar
Boasting straight-from-the-trawlers fresh seafood (Moreton Bay Oysters, anyone?) Gutter Bar is located in the township of Kooringal. Set up shop, have a drink and chat with the locals, or grab some takeaway and get back on the road.
Even if you aren't staying at Tangalooma Resort, you can still take advantage of the, shall we say, resources at their resort bar. Pool tables, all kinds of drinks and a nice island vibe. Perfect for watching the sun set over the wrecks and Brisbane in the distance.
If you are super organised and want to pack everything before you leave Brisbane, we've put together a list of places to grab some great supplies from.
Grab some great snacks from Sourced to keep your adventuring capacity fully charged the whole weekend. Plenty of locally sourced mueslis, fresh fruit, and other supplies for a camping trip with foodie flair.
West End's newly-opened haunt, Plenty, is chock-full of great local produce, baked goods, and some delicious coffee and breakfasts to fuel up before heading out.
The Standard Market Company
An essential grocery stop for anyone who cares about they put in their shopping basket, The Standard Market Company at Gasworks, has a great bakery with a very yummy looking range of sweets, cakes and pastries. What's better than an island sunrise with a perfectly baked croissant?
Another West End newbie, Marcia's is stocked to the brim with heaps of organic wholefoods, pantry items and produce.
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