In April, the boys at Touring Down Under hit the road from Newcastle to Moreton Island and back, seeing the sites and putting their gear through its paces. Lucky for us they kept a diary of their trip and provide a few tips and tricks along the way…
Touring Down Under Tackle Moreton Island
Although we prefer to travel to Moreton Island in the warmer months, winter can be appealing as whale watching is superb and a winter's day can be quite warm. It’s a chance to take in some breathtaking scenery and beautiful salt water, perfect for swimming, boating and a spot of fishing.
Leaving Newcastle on Thursday the 13th April we knew we would have lots of traffic to contend with. With the school holidays on a quick overnight stop over was on the cards. Coffs Harbour caught our eye and it worked out well being halfway to our destination.
We were up early the next morning to beat the holiday traffic and after arriving at the Port of Brisbane we had a bit of spare time to fuel up, stock up the fridge and pick up the things you always tend to forget.
Stock up on fuel
It’s always a good idea to fuel up before you leave as fuel on the island can be very pricey, so we suggest taking a spare jerry can if you have the room.
The barge trip is around an hour and a half and ticket prices may vary depending on the length of your vehicle. But when you’re on there make sure you get out of your car to stretch the legs, go upstairs for a pie and check out the view.
Once the barge lands on Moreton Island the best thing to do is let the traffic race off then get on your way with no hassles.
Our first night we found a beautiful little spot at Blue Lagoon Campground close to the fresh water swimming hole. We had a roaring fire along with a few cold beers and a camp oven baked dinner to settle in after our trip.
The next day after a good brekky and a swim we packed our gear and set off south down the eastern beach, stopping at Rous Battery war relics. It was definitely worth the hike but don’t forget to take a torch.
Continuing south we stopped at Mirapool Lagoon for a quick swim and this became a frequent stop over the next few days. We then settled in at the South-east camping zone for 2 night’s, day tripping to Kooringal for lunch at the famous Gutter Bar, and then back at camp to do some kayaking, fishing and even tried our luck at crabbing.
Snorkelling and shipwrecks
Basking in the glory of Moreton Island
After 2 nights at beautiful Kooringal, we headed back to Mirapool Lagoon for the day. The amount of fish there is unbelievable and it makes it the perfect place to throw on the snorkel.
After a big day in the sun, we set off to our next camping spot along the west coast, stopping off at some shipwrecks along the way. We ended up finding a sweet spot right on the edge of the beach that became our home base for the next 3 nights, perfect for running off to do some day trips.
Our day trips included snorkelling around the famous shipwrecks just north of Tangalooma Resort, which is a must as it has so many different species of fish to see. The wrecks look amazing under water and we spent a few hours just drifting around in the crystal-clear water admiring the wreckages as well as all the varieties of fish.
A glimpse into glamping
Pretty as a picture
As the most popular wrecks are near the Tangalooma Resort we thought we would go check out where all the glampers were spending their days. If you’re looking to make the trip don’t forget to book your day pass online because you won't be allowed entry without it.
We had a quick dip in the pool and a beer at the bar and that was enough for us, back to exploring all the other things the Island had to offer.
High tide at Honeymoon Bay
We came across some massive sand hills and had luckily packed our body boards, let me tell you it was one exciting rush. We even got to Champagne Pools for a relaxing dip as the water foamed and bubbled around us. After we cooled off it was a perfect opportunity to explore Honeymoon Bay, which is absolutely breathtaking. Lucky for us we had parked our cars in the high tide area as a few go-getters had to wait out the tide before they could take off.
After lots of fishing, eating, drinking and exploring our trip on Moreton was sadly coming to an end and it was time to start packing for the long drive home. But it will definitely not be our last trip as the Island has captured our hearts and it’s great to experience such a beautiful part of our country.
What we used
Getting amongst it
On our 7-day trip to Moreton Island we did a lot of exploring, things like bush walking, swimming, snorkeling, climbing through war bunkers, fishing and plenty of relaxing.
Although we did drive our cars heaps, it was only for very short periods of time, and the stopping and starting of the cars didn’t allow our batteries to charge as they should.
The white 79 series is kitted out with the REDARC BCDC1220 dual battery system with two 120ahbatteries in th e canopy that run two 47L ARB fridges, lights, auxiliary chargers, air compressor and a water pump.
The Maroon 79 series is running the REDARC BCDC1225D dual battery system, charging two 100ah deep cycle batteries, 80lt Engel fridge, auxiliary lights, air compressor, water pump and two winches.
The heavily customised TDU 79 Series charging up
Because these cars use a lot of power on our travels we are lucky enough to have a 115w solar blanket from REDARC to pull out whenever we need to top up our batteries.
This product is so easy to store in the car it can be folded into a compact size that takes up no unnecessary space, it will even fit under your seat! This thing is unreal and it’s not limited to just camping. Choosing the REDARC blanket was an easy decision as the quality is second to none and it is renowned for its reliability as well as being completely waterproof.
A tip for the trade
Imagine being that tradie on the job site with endless amounts of power to charge your tools and keep your lunch cold, this blanket has you covered. You can throw it on the bonnet, on the ground or anywhere there’s sun and it will look after you, even in overcast conditions.
Or for the caravan users that store their van for long periods of time, just plug the blanket in and chuck it on the roof to keep those batteries topped up so you don’t get caught out on your next trip.
It was so useful to us on our trip, providing us with the freedom to stay multiple days in that perfect spot. Without the blanket, our relaxing holiday wouldn’t have been so relaxing. We would have needed to rely on the alternators to keep our beers cold and no one likes a warm beer.
It’s a must-have if you’re going travelling, we’re definitely not leaving home without it!
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