1. Moreton Island
Sub-tropical Moreton Island is a little slice of paradise right in South East Queensland. Visiting the protected sand island is an unforgettable experience, where you can swim in the crystal-clear waters, marvel at colourful marine life, snorkel the shipwrecks, bask on stunning beaches and toboggan down the towering sand dunes. Tangalooma Island Resort runs accessible day trips to the island, starting at $89 per adult for the chilled-out Beach Day Cruise. Take your pick from add-on activities like whale watching, wreck snorkelling, wild dolphin feeding and safari trips to the sand dunes. The pristine waters provide a striking backdrop for the Tangalooma Wrecks, making snorkelling and glass-bottom kayaking some of the best options for exploring the area. All package deals include return transfer from Brisbane, lunch and use of the resort facilities. If you’d like to stay longer, there are accommodation options ranging from camping to resorts.
How far? 53km
Get there By ferry. Ferries depart from Holt Street Wharf, 15 minutes drive from Brisbane’s CBD. The ferry takes 75 minutes to reach Moreton Island.