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Flinders Reef, a true coral reef on Moreton Island, the Curtin Artificial Reef and the wrecks around Smiths Rock make Moreton Island great for scuba diving.

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Moreton Island, east of Brisbane, is a 38km long sand island making it one of the largest in the world. Its natural scenery is marvelous with high sand dunes, swamps, small creeks and a coastline of brilliant beaches. One of the best ways to explore the island is camping by 4 wheel drive, visiting the freshwater lake Blue Lagoon, the sand patch Yellow Patch and several remains from the aboriginals and of early WWII placements. Other attractions are surfing, fishing, snorkeling and hand-feeding the dolphins at Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort, one of the few resorts on the island. Besides Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort, a former whaling station, developments takes place in Bulwer, Cowan Cowan and Kooringal. You can also visit the lighthouse at Cape Moreton, built in 1857 or walk towards the 280 meter high Mount Tempest. This unique wilderness and pretty lakes creates many more walking trails such as Rous Track, the Desert-Tangalooma scenic walk and the Big Sandhills and Little Sandhills, all with excellent bird spotting chances.

Whales can be seen migrating past Moreton Island from June to November. Curtin Artificial Reef and the Tangalooma Wrecks are both manmade offering some of the densest collection of wrecks, cars and concrete. Most diving is done on the north side of Moreton Island where you can find Flinders Reef, the only true coral reef near Brisbane. The rocky outcrop Smiths Rock has turned out to be a hazard for ships. This has resulted in several wrecks, such as the Saint Paul, Marietta Dal and the Aarhus. Its crystal clear waters offer fine conditions for scuba divers. Sometimes currents and surge can be a problem, but most diving is absolutely fantastic and suitable for all level scuba divers.

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