Moreton Bay Wilderness 2024

  • Kayaking through the waterways

Location

Moreton Island QLD, Australia

When to Go

SAT 5 OCT - MON 7 OCT 2024

Fitness Level

Level 2: Moderate

Cost

From A$1,600 per person

Overview

This is one seriously epic Best Life ‘Back-Pocket’ Adventure in more ways than one – and we can’t wait to take you with us.

The stunning beauty and relatively undiscovered wilderness of Moreton Bay and her islands are best explored by water, far from the crowded hot spots.

This expedition takes you on a three-day kayaking adventure to some of the most remote parts of the islands to explore hidden channels and towering sand dunes, watch the mystical marine life up close, and camp under a carpet of stars.

For this adventure, we’ve taken the catering to a completely new level and work closely with Taste of Straddie to provide you with incredibly tasty meals during our time on the island, with dinner on day one, plus breakfast and lunch on day ttwo all masterfully created by their resident chef.

Over the three days, we paddle 50 km across Moreton Bay and up on the western side of North Stradbroke and Moreton Islands, offering generally smooth water conditions. We end our adventure at Tangalooma before catching the ferry back to the mainland.

This will be a true Best Life Adventure for the mind, body and soul.

Previous kayaking experience isn’t necessary. You need an adventurous mind and a moderate level of upper-body fitness. We’ll provide you with full training and safety gear on day one.

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MINIMUM NUMBERS – this expedition is subject to a minimum number of paying guests and once reached, the expedition is guaranteed to go ahead if not, it will be cancelled, and you can transfer amounts paid to an alternate expedition, departure date or receive a full refund.

INSURANCE – We highly recommend taking out personal travel insurance within seven days of booking this expedition. It will ensure you are covered if things go pear-shaped on your side even before the expedition begins including cover for lost baggage, flight disruption or cancellation, broken gear or personal health or injury.

Itinerary

Kayak from Cleveland to North Stradbroke, via Peel Island

Kayak from Cleveland to North Stradbroke, via Peel Island

Sat 5 Oct 2024

It’s time to leave the madness of the mainland behind, and head out into the vastness of Moreton Bay for a few days of digital disconnection and physical adventure.

Our expedition departs from either Victoria Point or Cleveland (weather dependant) where we issue the kayaks, safety gear, and sumptuous food parcels, before departing in a combination of single and double kayaks for an easy few hours on the water, paddling east towards heritage-listed Peel Island, a former quarantine station for the colony of Brisbane.

We have lunch here before departing across the channel towards our destination for the night, North Stradbroke Island.

Dugongs, turtles, and dolphins frequent the waters and the island itself is known for its abundant bird and animal life largely undisturbed by pollution, development and nosey humans.

Our overnight accommodation is at Amity Point Campground where we’ll enjoy a smorgasbord of great food from our on-island caterer.

The Channel Crossing - Straddie to Moreton

The Channel Crossing - Straddie to Moreton

Sun 6 Oct 2024

Day Two of our expedition is a big one – the paddle from North Stradbroke to Moreton Island across South Passage. Using the slack tide we carefully navigate our way around the sandbanks and network of channels that have left many an unwary sailor high and dry.

Once we’re safely across, our destination is Kooringa, for a rewarding coffee and snack. From here we wind our way among the life-giving mangroves that line the fringes of Crab Island watching stingrays, turtles and hopefully a dugong or two, race for cover as we approach. We paddle north and find a campsite on the beach at the foot of the towering sandhills that look west across to the Glasshouse Mountains and Brisbane.

This is our night of true wilderness underneath a starry summer sky.

Overnight accommodation in tents on Moreton Island.

Paddle South Moreton to Tangalooma

Paddle South Moreton to Tangalooma

Mon 7 Oct 2024

After two days at sea, our paddle along the western shore of Moreton Island is our last of true solitude, with our destination, the welcoming resort of Tangalooma.

Warm showers, fresh water on tap and a hearty meal are your rewards for completing an adventure that very few people from South East Queensland have even considered.

We catch the ferry back to the mainland where your Best Life Adventure ends at the Tangalooma ferry terminal – Holt Street, Pinkenba.

Costs

A$1,600 per person (BYO Camping Gear)
A$1,750 per person (includes all camping gear)

ACCOMMODATION:

On the first night, we will stay at Amity Point Campground located on the island’s northwestern corner and offers some spectacular sunsets and tranquil waters. Dolphins, pelicans, koalas and other wildlife visit the area.

The second night is our night of true wilderness underneath a starry summer sky. We will be camping in a remote Queensland Park and Wildlife on Moreton Island.

INCLUDES:

  • All meals, snacks and drinks including lunch on 5th October 2024, through to lunch on 7th October 2024. Due to the nature of the expedition, we may eat some rehydrated meals….but they are bloody tasty ones, not cheap crap and you get to choose your meals. See Your Tasks for more information
  • Drinking water
  • All activities – two-person and single kayaks including all safety gear
  • Ben Southall – Expedition Leader
  • Experienced Kayak Guide
  • National Park campsite and entrance fees

EXCLUDES:

  • Transport to Victoria Point or Cleveland, Queensland at the start of the expedition
  • Transport from Holt Street Ferry Terminal at the end of the expedition
  • Alcohol
  • Travel Insurance: Domestic travel insurance is recommended
  • Personal clothing (please refer to the equipment list for recommendations which can be found in the Your Tasks section of the Expedition Dashboard)

HOW TO REGISTER & PAY:

  • Click the BOOK NOW button to book and register for this expedition.
  • A 50% non-refundable Booking Fee is due 7 days after registering for this expedition.
  • Your Balance Due must be paid 45 days before departure or your booking fee will be forfeit.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:

We can cater for some food allergies, vegetarians and vegans. Please visit the ‘Your Tasks‘ section of your Expedition Dashboard to specify your meals, taking note of any dietary requirements. Please also highlight these in your Participant Information Form.

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