Moreton Island Day Trip (Kayak, Snorkel & Sandboard) frm Brisbane or Gold Coast

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Moreton Island Day Trip (Kayak, Snorkel & Sandboard) frm Brisbane or Gold Coast
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Travel to Moreton Island from Brisbane or the Gold Coast for a full day of fun in the sun. Your guide takes you by 4WD vehicle along the sands to Tangalooma Wrecks, where you'll see incredible coral reefs on snorkel and kayak outings. You'll also go inland for an exhilarating sandboarding experience on massive sand dunes. This action-packed tour includes a picnic lunch on the beach and time to soak up the scenery of lovely Moreton Island, the third largest sand island in the world.

Please note: An additional cost of AU$50 (per adult) / AU$35 (per child 13 years & under) must be paid in cash to the driver on departure to cover the cost of national park and ferry fees for the duration of the tour.
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In Brief

Brisbane City, Australia
11 to 14 hours
Daily (except Wednesday)
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Moreton Island, Queensland 4025 Australia

In the morning, your 4WD coach picks you up from the Gold Coast or Brisbane, then travels to the ferry to Moreton Island. During the 75-minute ferry ride across Moreton Bay, take in views from the deck or cabin, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life.

When you reach the island, your 4WD-vehicle drives along the sand to the Tangalooma Wrecks where you have several options for beachside fun. Follow your guide on a snorkeling tour of the famous shipwrecks; the 15 vessels were purposely sunk here to create a breakwall. This resulting reef is home to colorful corals, tropical fish, trevally, yellowtail, wobbegong, kingfish and more.

If snorkeling doesn’t appeal to you, use the provided transparent bodyboards to paddle in search of turtles, reef fish, coral and other critters, or simply relax on the white-sand beach.

After the snorkel tour, your guide serves a picnic lunch before leading a tour on transparent kayaks to explore the Tangalooma Wrecks. Stay dry as you view an amazing array of fish right below your kayak. (Please note that a 4WD tour around the island will replace the snorkeling and kayaking if conditions are unfavorable).

Next, hang on tight as your driver takes your 4WD on rough inland tracks to tall sand dunes that are ideal for sandboarding, a fun, high-adrenaline activity comparable to tobogganing. It is possible to reach speeds of up to 30 mphr (50 kph) as you zip down the dunes.

After sandboarding, return to the coast and enjoy a swim at Tangalooma Beach (if time allows). Then catch the ferry back to the mainland and reach Brisbane or the Gold Coast in the evening.

Duration: 6 hours


  • Fully Guided Tour
  • Transport by 4 Wheel Drive Bus on Moreton Island
  • Make your own Sandwich lunch
  • Kayaks, Sandboards & Snorkeling Equipment
  • Wetsuits FOC
  • Shuttle Bus Transfers from Brisbane and Gold Coast
  • Jetski Assist for Non-swimmers
  • Life Vests for Non-swimmers


  • National park and ferry fees AU$50 (per adult) / AU$35 (per child 13 years & under) must be paid in CASH to the driver upon departure
  • Additional food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Private hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Swim Wear, Beach Towel & Sunscreen
  • Entry/Admission - Moreton Island

Departure Point

1: Brisbane Coach Terminal, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
2: Mantra on View Surfers Paradise, 22 View Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia
3: Moreton Island Adventures, 14 Howard Smith Dr, Port of Brisbane QLD 4178, Australia

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • National park and ferry fees AU$50 (per adult) / AU$35 (per child 13 years & under) must be paid in CASH to the driver upon departure
  • This tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • This tour is not suitable for young infants under 4 years old
  • Please bring towel, swimwear, sunscreen & hat
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 3.91 out of 5 based on the last 23 recent reviews

Highly recommend! Wonderful tour, had the best experience ever and had awesome tour guides especially the blonde woman, I believe her name is Tash? I wish I had more time at Moreton Island it was the highlight of my Australian holiday
• Submitted 14 Nov 2019
We initially weren't going to participate in the sand boarding but we both walked out to have a look...soooo glad we both ended up sliding down! What a rush! The snorkeling was wonderful....lots of fish around the wrecks. Hands down a great day excursion!
• Submitted 19 Sep 2019
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.
• Submitted 31 Mar 2018
Fun trip!
• Submitted 13 Jul 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.
• Submitted 26 Jun 2016
We enjoyed ourselves and it was an experience to remember! Thanks very much :
• Submitted 19 Feb 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.
• Submitted 13 Jan 2016
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.
• Submitted 11 Dec 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.
• Submitted 04 Sep 2015
Amazing and beautiful island. Sand boarding and kayaking was great fun but for me I could not do snorkelling and so very disappointing. I informed the guide that I had never done snorkelling before so he should have taken extra care to explain the use of equipment and help me out which he did not n took the group near the ship wreck area. I needed more helpful guide n instructor.So I’m unhappy about that.
• Submitted 22 Jan 2020
Pickup and drop-off were nice and clear, the boat ride was smooth, the activities were fantastic! Moreton Island is definitely worth a visit - snorkeling at the wrecks was amazing, and kayaking was nice as well, though hard because of the wind and current at the time that we went. The current there is pretty strong, and that particular day it was windy, so being in the water was more like being on a lazy river. I thought of doing this by myself, and I'm glad I got the tour instead - I don't think I would have gotten to the wrecks safely on my own, even if I'm a good swimmer. Sandboarding was a blast! So glad I did it, and it's less scary than it looks! The tour had about 30 people on it, so there wasn't much communication among participants, and there were so many guides that it was impossible to establish rapport. The lunch was just terrible bread (you know, the kind that's full of sugar and you can leave it on the cupboard for a month, and it won't go bad), basic veggies and deli meat. Not great for vegetarians who try to watch the figure. No plates to even make yourself a salad; just grab veggies in your hand, I guess. I should have brought my own lunch. Other than sad food options and too big of a group, it was a good tour. Moreton Island is definitely worth a visit, and this tour company is probably just as good as others.
• Submitted 08 Nov 2019
On this trip it takes about an hour to get to the harbour to catch the ferry over to Moreton Island. There is food and restrooms on board the ferry. It took about an hour to get over to the island. Once there you walk about 100 yards along the beach. We did the glass bottom kayak and it was such a great experience. They do provide life vests for this. The next thing was snorkeling, but we chose to stay on the beach instead as the water was quite cold even though you could have a wet suit. After this we were given lunch of sandwiches and chips. Please note, no drinks were provided or not mentioned I think there was water in a jug, but the cups looked dirty. There is only a tiny remote bathroom in this area with no soap available. Be prepared to get in the water when you arrive as not much to change into except the remote bathroom. After lunch we took a 4 wheel vehicle way up the island to sand boarding. It is a difficult climb in sand to the top and you literally slide down a waxed piece of plywood down a very big hill! To say the least, I am still finding sand as you get covered!! If you don't want to kayak, snorkel or sand board, this is not the excursion for you. You are not by the resort and stay together as a group. Our guides were very friendly and helpful and a joy to be around. It is a more remote area of the island and bring a towel as they are not provided.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019
The trip started off a bit chaotic with staff not really speaking to anyone or getting involved. however, once at the island the "boss" 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
• Submitted 04 May 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.
• Submitted 24 Apr 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!
• Submitted 21 Mar 2017
All too fast, no time to really enjoy sandboarding, it is a long drive from the shore to the sandboarding place and after an incident with the bus we could only try 1 slide. Due to weather conditions we could not do the kayaking but the nice people working there offered snorkeling instead. Despite their efforts I think the snorkeling experience was also too fast, we snorkelled around some shipwrecks but it only took like 10 minutes and then headed fast to the boat to take us back to Brisbane.
• Submitted 25 Dec 2018
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.
• Submitted 15 Jan 2017
Kayaking and snorkeling were nice but the Sandboarding was not for me, especially on a hot sunny day.
• Submitted 10 Dec 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!
• Submitted 19 Apr 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.
• Submitted 01 Feb 2016
It is good. I was excited and happy with some games as sandboard
• Submitted 13 Oct 2015
I do not recommend the 1-day trip. We spent too much time traveling and did not have much time for fun stuff. However, I do not know if the 2-day overnight trip would be any better. Tours were disorganized - equipment was not ready to go, instructions on how to snorkel and kayak were insufficient. For example, no instructions were given on how to fit snorkel mask. Had difficulty finding guide while snorkeling and no information was provided on what we should be seeing in the sunken ship reef. Sun boarding was fun, but you spent much time and energy getting to site for 1 maybe 2 rides down sand hill. No information was provided during drive to sand boarding site i.e. how island was formed, pointing out interesting fauna or flora, history, etc.. Other company had a photographer taking photos of each person at sand boarding site, however that was not an option with this tour group. As bringing your camera or phone was risky with sand boarding, we have no photos of this adventure. Overall the pace was hurry up and wait. We ate lunch and were ready to suit up to snorkel, but tour guide was finishing lunch and was not ready. Then we waited 25 minutes for tour to get organized and ready to depart. Instructions were not clear on what we were supposed to do. Not enough kayaks had been pulled for this group so we waited for this to happen and had about 40 minutes to kayak. Instructions on how to kayak were minimal and over half the crowd struggled with this, meaning the whole group was frustrated and did not move efficiently through wrecks.
• Submitted 24 Nov 2015
It was way too expensive. We payed R50 EACH PERSON only to get in the island I googled the prices and the license to get ing is really cheap. The bus was more than one hour late. We could ony see one side of the island and that's all and not a very beautiful side by the way. The sandboarding was super quick, there was only one guy helping us and we did it with a super thin wood board, it was literally a board, like, not professional at all. The lunch was wraps and we had only half an hour to eat. The kayaking was ok. In resume: it's not worth the price, they overprice it and you don't enjoy the day AT ALL.I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It was a disappointment.
• Submitted 20 Aug 2017

In Brief

Brisbane City, Australia
11 to 14 hours
Daily (except Wednesday)