Best Things to do on Mulgumpin (Moreton Island)

Are you planning a Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) getaway? This article covers all the best things to do on Mulgumpin (Moreton Island), including attractions, things to do and where to stay.

The Queensland Travel Guide acknowledges the Quandamooka People, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which Mulgumpin is situated. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continued spiritual and cultural connections to Country. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

Mulgumpin is a beautiful and unique destination, a short ferry ride from Brisbane. It is the third-largest sand island in the world (behind K’Gari and Minjerribah) and is known for its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and resident dolphin population.

If you love nature and the great outdoors, you’ll find plenty of things to do! Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) offers opportunities for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and fishing. Visitors can also enjoy exploring the island’s sand dunes, forests and freshwater lakes. 

One of the most popular things to do at Mulgumpin is to visit the Tangalooma Wrecks, a group of sunken ships that have become a haven for marine life and are now a popular spot for diving and snorkelling.

Accommodation at Mulgumpin ranges from camping and glamping to luxury resorts with villas and hotel rooms, making it a destination catering to a wide range of budgets and group sizes.

You can visit on a day trip to Mulgumpin from Brisbane if you’re short on time (don’t miss the day trip that includes dolphin feeding!) Mulgumpin is somewhere you can explore in a day if that is all you have available, but allow longer if you can, as there is so much to enjoy. 

For those considering a holiday to the island, this guide will help you decide exactly what Mulgumpin things to do. As well as covering all the things to do in Mulgumpin, the guide covers accommodation on Mulgumpin, how to get the car ferry to Mulgumpin and everything you need to know about getting there for one of the Brisbane day trips to Mulgumpin.  

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All roads on the island are soft sand, so a 4WD is a must if you’re considering driving on Mulgumpin. In terms of how to get around on Mulgumpin, the only answer is to drive yourself or take a tour, as you won’t find public transport options here. 

You don’t need a 4WD to take one of the ferries to Mulgumpin from Brisbane, as you can go over as a foot passenger with luggage. You can walk to Tangalooma Resort (the main resort on the island) from the ferry drop off, or you can book a transfer to stay at Castaways Moreton Island.  

If you plan on camping on Mulgumpin, you will really need a 4WD to get the most out of the experience.  Camping on the island without a 4WD is possible, but you will need to cart all your gear on and off the ferry.  But there is a campsite near where the ferry drops you off, so it is possible. 

You can visit Mulgumpin without a 4WD and still participate in plenty of Mulgumpin activities – but just keep in mind that getting around Mulgumpin to see many of the attractions included in this guide requires a 4WD. 

The resorts (Tangalooma Island Resort and Castaways Moreton Island) offer several guided tours, so you can still have an incredible holiday on Mulgumpin without a car.  


Tangalooma Island Resort is the biggest resort on Mulgumpin. There are a few extra things to be aware of…

4×4 hire Mulgumpin

4WDs are available for hire from Tangalooma Resort, but these are only for guests staying at the resort. I wouldn’t recommend hiring a 4WD on the island unless you have experience driving on sand, as the sand is very soft.

If you are experienced at driving on sand, it is a fantastic opportunity. 

Cruise ship schedules

Cruise ships visit Tangalooma Island Resort regularly. On cruise ship days, activity and tour times may be subject to change. Check the resort’s What’s On guide for the latest updates to plan your stay. Be prepared: the resort gets very busy when a cruise ship docks.

Access to Tangalooma Island Resort

Tangalooma Island Resort is for guests and day tour/day cruise visitors only, so you can only participate in the things to do on Mulgumpin that we’ve included at Tangalooma Resort if you’re staying there or participating in an organised tour. 


Before we get started on all the Mulgumpin attractions to help plan your trip, check out the map below. This map shows the location of all the activities in Mulgumpin and the attractions covered in this guide.


Below we cover the best Mulgumpin tourist attractions, activities and places to visit to help you plan your trip.

1 Dolphin feeding – Mulgumpin (Tangalooma Island Resort)

Image credit thanks to Tourism and Events Queensland

One of the best things to do on Mulgumpin is to get up close with the resident dolphins. If it’s on your bucket list to be able to hand-feed dolphins, Mulgumpin is the perfect place to do it! 

You can choose whether to take part in feeding dolphins at Mulgumpin or just viewing them as they’re being fed, depending on which package you book. Dolphin feeding at Tangalooma Island Resort is included in select day cruises from Brisbane and with certain accommodation packages. 

It’s such a special experience to be able to feed dolphins. Mulgumpin gives you an incredible opportunity to create some lifelong memories and it really will be the highlight of your stay. 

Find out more about day cruises here.

Find out about staying at Tangalooma Island Resort here.

Location: Tangalooma Island Resort
Hours: Dolphin feeding takes place every evening from the beach beside the jetty
Cost: Depends on the tour/accommodation package selected

2 Snorkel or dive the Tangalooma Wrecks

A highlight of a visit to Mulgumpin is a visit to the Tangalooma Wrecks. Adjacent to the Tangalooma Island Resort, you’ll find a cluster of 15 boats that were sunk to form a safe, man-made harbour for small boats. Over time, these wrecks have rusted and coral has formed on and around them.

They’re now teeming with colourful marine life, and the crystal clear visibility makes it a great spot for diving and snorkelling. 

Several tours and day trips are available that include a visit to the Tangalooma Wrecks. If you’re staying on the island, you can also book snorkelling and dive trips from your resort on Mulgumpin. 

Click here to find out what’s available. 

3 Go to the beach

Mulgumpin is home to some of the best beaches in Queensland! 

If you’re staying at Tangalooma Island Resort (or visiting as a day visitor), Tangalooma Beach is a perfect spot. This beautiful stretch of white sand offers calm waters ideal for kayaking, snorkelling and swimming. It also provides an epic view for a sundowner cocktail! 

If you have a 4WD, you can explore the other beaches, including Honeymoon Bay, Champagne Pools, Bulwer Beach and Cowan Cowan Beach. 

The cost of tours can quickly add up, so spending a simple day on the beach is one of the best free things to do on Mulgumpin. 

4 Go sailing

There are so many opportunities to get out on the water at Mulgumpin. Whether you book a day cruise Mulgumpin from Brisbane or the Gold Coast or a sailing adventure from your accommodation on Mulgumpin, you have plenty of different options. 

Tangalooma Island Resort, sailing tour options include a marine discovery cruise, sunset cruises, illuminated Wrecks tour and a sightseeing and fish feeding tour. You can also hire a catamaran from Tangatours to take yourself on a sailing adventure on Mulgumpin (they run regular briefings if you aren’t an experienced sailor).

You should definitely spend some time on the water when you visit Mulgumpin.

Click here to see what day cruises are available.

5 Go sand tobogganing 

Another of the best things to do on Mulgumpin is hurling down a giant sand dune at full speed on a sandboard! Walking up the dune isn’t easy, but it’s well worth the effort when you’re whizzing down with the wind in your hair.  

Several Tangalooma day cruises to Mulgumpin include sand tobogganing as an option. 

You can also book a Desert Safari with sand tobogganing directly with your Mulgumpin resort, and a bus will take you out to the dunes, provide all of the equipment you need and show you how it’s done. 

Click here to find out what’s available. 

6 Go whale watching

Image credit thanks to Tourism and Events Queensland

If you’re visiting Mulgumpin between May/June and October/November, it’s definitely worth adding whale watching to your Mulgumpin to-do list. 

The Queensland coast is one of the best places in the world to see majestic whales in their natural environment. 

There are options to do whale watching tours from Mulgumpin as a morning or afternoon trip if you’re staying on the island, or you can book a Brisbane to Mulgumpin cruise (or Gold Coast to Mulgumpin cruise) and do a whale watching tour as part of your day on the island. 

Click here to find out what day cruise options, including whale watching, are available. 

If you’re prone to getting seasick, going out on the whale watching tour might not be for you, but there is an option to take a whale watching bus tour that visits Cape Moreton, where the spectacular cliffs are the ideal platform for watching these gentle giants as they swim by. This tour can be booked at Tangalooma Island Resort. Don’t forget your binoculars! 

7 Take a scenic helicopter flight

Mulgumpin is an impressive location to take a scenic joy flight. You can get a bird’s eye view of the Tangalooma Wrecks, fly above the island’s outstanding sand dunes, see Cape Moreton and so much more. 

Several helicopter flight options are available. These can be booked directly from your Mulgumpin accommodation. 

8 Take a segway beach tour

A sand island is the perfect place to take a segway tour! You get to zoom across the sand on two chunky wheels, taking in the sights as you go – it’s much easier than you think! 

Segway tours can be booked at Tangalooma Island Resort. 

9 Take a quad bike tour

Image credit thanks to Tourism and Events Queensland

Quad bikes are another fun way to explore the island. You can hit the dunes for a real adrenaline rush as you navigate the soft, sandy tracks. Even kids can take part (under 10s can be a passenger with an adult, and 10 to15-year-olds can ride their own!)

Click here to find out what’s available. 

10 Hire a kayak or paddleboard

The water around Mulgumpin is crystal clear and inviting; it’s highly recommended that you get out on the water at some point during your Mulgumpin stay. 

Kayaking and paddleboarding are ideal activities on the very calm sheltered waters of the Western side of the island.

Beach gear can be hired by the hour at Tangalooma Island Resort and Castaways Island Resort Moreton Island. A range of guided water tours are also available. 

11 Go fishing

Fishing on Moreton Island is one of the best things to do on Mulgumpin! Just about every saltwater species is waiting in these clear waters and it really is a pristine place to throw in a line, so you’ll have a great time fishing in Moreton Bay. 

The best fishing spots Moreton Bay offers depend on the time of year and time of day you’re looking to cast your line. Do your research – are there any specific species of fish in Moreton Bay that you want to catch (as this will have a bearing on where you set up for the day as the island offers a variety of fishing opportunities)? 

We recommend visiting the best fishing spots Moreton Bay offers by booking a fishing tour. Whether you’re experienced at fishing or a beginner, booking a tour ensures you follow the island’s rules and regulations. (If you decide to go fishing on your own, check out these rules for yourself). 

Fishing tours can be booked through your Mulgumpin resort. 

12 Try parasailing

Soar high in the air to get the best views of Mulgumpin on a parasailing adventure! You’ll enjoy 360 degree views of Moreton Bay and can look right through the clear water from above, where you might be lucky enough to see dugongs, turtles and dolphins! 

You can choose a Standard height (100 m) or a Mega height (150 m) if you want even more adrenaline! Parasailing experiences can be booked through Tangalooma Island Resort.

13 Kookaburra feeding

Come and learn about Australia’s iconic birds at the daily kookaburra feeding. The birds flock to be fed by the Eco Rangers and it’s a great chance to get up close and take some photos.

This is one of the free resort activities for guests and day visitors of Tangalooma Island Resort. 

Location: Outside the Deep Blue Apartments, Tangalooma Island Resort
Hours: 4.45 pm, daily
Cost: Free, no need to book

14 Outdoor yoga

A beautiful way to begin your day at Tangalooma Island Resort is a morning and/or evening yoga session. What a lovely location to connect with nature while you nurture your own well-being. 

Location: Book at the Tours desk, Tangalooma Island Resort
Hours: Mornings and evenings, daily
Cost: $10 per person

15 Old Whaling Station and Flensing Deck tour

Tangalooma Island Resort was once the location of a whaling station. This free tour shares how the island moved from hunting whales to now being a home for sustainable whale tourism and conservation. 

Location: Meeting location confirmed in What’s On guide, Tangalooma Island Resort
Hours: Check the What’s On guide for seasonal updates
Cost: Free

16 Pelican feeding and seabird talk

Another of Tangalooma’s free daily activities is pelican feeding. 

You’ll be in awe at the number of pelicans lining the beach around the jetty – it really is a sight! It’s a great opportunity to learn more about these oversized birds too.

Location: Tangalooma Jetty, Tangalooma Island Resort 

Hours: 11 am, daily
Cost: Free, no need to book

17 Education presentation about dolphins

If you’re doing the dolphin feeding during your stay at Tangalooma, it’s great to go to the Eco Centre to learn more about these graceful creatures. It’s so easy to fill up your time with free activities like this at Tangalooma during your stay. 

Location: The Eco Centre, Tangalooma Island Resort 

Hours: 3.15 pm, daily
Cost: Free

18 Visit a day spa

Mulgumpin might not be home to any plush, 5-star day spas, but you can still relax and unwind if you stay at Tangalooma Island Resort! A session in their spa gives you a chance to chill out between tours (and that massage may be much-needed after you’ve climbed the sand dune to do sand tobogganing!)

Pre-booking is recommended. 

Location: Tangalooma Island Resort

Hours: Open daily

Cost: 30-minute massage: $85 | Youth Elixir Spa Facial: $95 | A range of other packages and experiences are available

19 Sunset cocktails

Image credit thanks to Tourism and Events Queensland

One of the best places in Queensland to enjoy a sunset cocktail is Tangalooma Island Resort. The view as the sun goes down and bathes the sand in warm, pink light is just outstanding. Make sure you take some time while you’re there to stop and appreciate the view with a cocktail or cool drink. 

Location: The Beach Deck, Tangalooma Island Resort

Hours: From 5 pm to 7 pm
Cost: Depends how many you drink!

20 Helicopter workshop

Go behind the scenes to learn how helicopters fly. This is a fun (and free!) short activity and kids will love the opportunity to meet the pilot and ask their questions.

Location: Helicopter pad near the jetty, Tangalooma Island Resort
Hours: 9.30 am, daily
Cost: Free

21 Mt Tempest lookout track

Reaching an impressive height of 285 meters above sea level, Mt Tempest presents a rewarding challenge. Thought to be the highest coastal sand dune in the world, from the top, you will be rewarded with epic 360-degree views across the coastline from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast.

The climb is quite manageable, even for kids and novice hikers, and there are seats along the way for those who need a rest. 

The hike to the top covers a distance of 2.5 km and takes around an hour to make the round trip.

To find the track, travel inland from the Tangalooma Wrecks and take Middle Road. Turn left just before you reach the eastern side of the island. To get there, it will take around 30 minutes from Tangalooma.

Location: In the centre of the island (4WD vehicle with high clearance required)
Hours: Always open
Cost: Free 

22 Five Hills Lookout track

Another great lookout hike is Five Hills. This sandy walk takes you through pristine coastal heathland and gives you beautiful views of Heath Island and an estuary from the top of the sand dune. 

You’ll find Five Hills Lookout by taking the Bulwer–North Point Road for 3.5km from North Point Beach.

The hike is an easy 1 km / 15 minute return walk and your reward will be 360-degree views of the northern end of Mulgumpin.

Location: On the northern side of the island between Comboyuro Point and Cape Moreton (4WD vehicle with high clearance required)
Hours: Always open

Cost: Free

23 Champagne Pools

This natural landmark of volcanic rocks shaped by crashing waves is well worth visiting as you explore the island. They get their name thanks to the sparkling ‘champagne’ bubbles the ocean’s waves create as they smash over the rocks. Thanks to the sea foam and bubbly water, it almost feels like a natural jacuzzi!

Check the tide times though, as mid-tide allows you to see the Champagne Pools Mulgumpin in their full glory. 

You’ll find the Champagne Pools as you continue east along Bulwer North Point Road. 

Location: North Point, in the NW tip of the island (4WD vehicle with high clearance required)
Hours: Always open
Cost: Free

24 Honeymoon Bay

Just behind the Champagne Pools at North Point (between the rocky Cape Moreton and North Point), you’ll discover the track to Honeymoon Bay. It’s like a secret picture postcard beach just for you! 

This crescent-shaped beach is only about 50 m wide and it’s a great spot for a romantic picnic. If you decide to swim, take care of rips and hidden rocky outcrops. 

Location: Between Cape Moreton and North Point (4WD vehicle with high clearance required)
Hours: Always open
Cost: Free

25 Cape Moreton Lighthouse

Drive onward from Honeymoon Bay (take the 4WD track from the back of North Point campground or come up the beach from the island’s eastern side) and you’ll arrive at Cape Moreton – the rocky headland at the northeastern tip of the island. Standing proudly at the highest point on the island, you’ll find Cape Moreton Lighthouse.

This was the first lighthouse established in Queensland, built in 1857 by 35 prisoners. Standing 23 metres high, this red and white striped iconic structure looks incredible in your photos, with the bright blue ocean backdrop behind it.

The site has a visitor’s centre so you can learn about the destination and its fascinating history.

From this vantage point, it’s also a great location to spot marine life like whales, dolphins, dugongs, turtles, sharks and rays, so don’t forget your camera and binoculars!  

Location: Northern tip of Mulgumpin (4WD vehicle with high clearance required)
Hours: Always open
Cost: Free

26 Harper’s Rock

Image credit thanks to Tourism and Events Queensland

This strange cluster of burnt orange rock formations can be found at the base of Cape Moreton on the island’s eastern side. You could be forgiven for thinking you’re in the centre of Australia, not on a Queensland sand island! It’s a fun place to explore and take photos. 

Location: At the base of Cape Moreton on the eastern side of the island (4WD vehicle with high clearance required)
Hours: Always open
Cost: Free

27 Blue Lagoon 

This huge freshwater lake is fed from underground water that comes up through the soft soil creating an expansive 2.5 thousand million cubic metres of fresh water!

Ironically, the lake is named Blue Lake, as it is actually tinged with brown, thanks to the natural tea tree oils that infuse the water. Still, it is crystal clear and a great place to swim to cool off as you explore the island. 

This spot is great for wildlife spotting, with abundant insects, marine life, and birds. As it is the island’s largest lake, it is popular with tourists.

You access the Blue Lagoon by driving on the island’s eastern side and taking the inland track. The sand is very soft though, so be warned lots of vehicles get stuck (ours did!) Make sure you’ve got recovery gear with you. The lake is a ten-minute walk from the car park. 

Location: Towards the eastern side of the island (4WD vehicle with high clearance required, or book a tour from Tangalooma Island Resort)
Hours: Always open
Cost: Free

28 Honeyeater Lake

Near Blue Lake, you’ll find Honeyeater Lake, one of the island’s perched lakes. Perched lakes are formed when sand, decomposing matter and minerals combine to create an impermeable layer above sea level that can hold water.

Like at Blue Lagoon, you’ll find plenty of wildlife and this lake is home to gnarly banksia plants that attract an abundance of nectar-eating birds who are attracted by the candle-like spikes of the flowers.

You can enjoy a great view of the lake from the lookout platform. 

You’ll find Honeyeater Lake off the Bulwer Blue Lagoon Road and then walk an easy 60 m return track – allow around 5 minutes for the return walk.

Location: Close to Blue Lagoon (4WD vehicle with high clearance required)

Hours: Always open 

Cost: Free

29 Mirapool Lagoon

For a small island, Mulgumpin is blessed with some beautiful lakes. Mirapool Lake is another of them.

The lake is close to the ocean but divided by a sandbank, and it’s a great place to go for a swim or a float with freshwater mixed with salt water as the waves spill over to replenish the lagoon. 

The region is an important feeding and roosting site for wader and shore birds, so don’t forget to take your binoculars. 

Location: On the southern end of the island (4WD vehicle with high clearance required)

Hours: Always open
Cost: Free

30 Bulwer Wrecks

Similar to the Tangalooma Wrecks, Bulwer Wrecks were created to form a safe harbour to allow supplies to be dropped at the township of Bulwer. Three ships were sunk here, creating a great spot for snorkelling as the area is now teeming with marine life.

It’s a smaller snorkelling site than Tangalooma Wrecks but much quieter. If you’re staying at Castaways (or driving around exploring the island), it’s a great activity, so don’t forget to pack your snorkelling gear (or you can buy some from the Castaways store).

Location: Beside Castaways Mulgumpin 

Hours: Always open
Cost: Free if you bring your own snorkel gear

31 Gutter Bar Mulgumpin

At the southern tip of the island, you’ll find the Gutter Bar. This is a place to enjoy the freshest seafood straight from the trawlers and oysters straight from the local growers and stock up on essentials at the convenience store. 

You’ll find it by travelling down the eastern side of the beach and taking the inland track from north of Mirapool Lagoon across to Kooringal.

Location: 21 Kooringal Esplanade, Kooringal
Hours during holidays: Monday to Thursday from 9.30 am to 6 pm | Saturdays from 8.30 am to 7 pm | Sundays from 8.30 am to 6 pm
Hours outside holidays: Monday to Thursday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm | Saturdays from 8.30 am to 7 pm | Sundays from 8.30 am to 6 pm


Short on time? Book a day trip! Mulgumpin is accessible as a Tangalooma Island day trip. 

You can pack many of the best things to do Moreton Bay offers into a single day – you just need to consider which day tour to Mulgumpin includes your favourite activities, as there are many options. The best Mulgumpin tour is the one that includes your favourite activities!

Here are a few of our favourite day tour Mulgumpin options for you to consider.

Mulgumpin: Wreck Snorkelling and Dolphin Feeding Day Trip

If you only have one day to spare, choose a Brisbane to Mulgumpin day trip that includes the highlights of Mulgumpin.

This day cruise allows you to go on a snorkelling tour of the Tangalooma Wrecks, and you get to spend the rest of the day at the resort enjoying the facilities and the free activities on offer. 

Lunch is included and you get to end the day with a special dolphin feeding experience. It’s a fantastic day trip from Brisbane to Mulgumpin.

Click here for more information or to book

Day trip Mulgumpin from Brisbane: Whale Watching, Cocktail and Dolphin View

This is another great option for going from Brisbane to Moreton Bay on a day trip. Begin the day with a gentle cruise across to Mulgumpin. Your full day at Tangalooma Island Resort includes access to their facilities and free activities. 

From the resort, you will embark on a three-hour whale-watching tour (seasonal from around May until November) to see these majestic creatures in their natural playground, and onboard you’ll be treated to a light lunch. 

At the end of the day, as the sun goes down, you can enjoy a cocktail (voucher provided) before you go to watch the dolphin feeding from the jetty. 

Please note: This day trip doesn’t include feeding the dolphins – it is viewing only as you watch others in the water feeding them, but it’s a great option if you prefer to stay dry.    

Click here for more information or to book

From Brisbane or Gold Coast: Mulgumpin Full Day Trip

If you want to really experience Mulgumpin, you want a tour that includes a 4WD drive to see some of the island beyond Tangalooma Island Resort. 

This day trip includes a snorkel tour of the Tangalooma Wrecks, a glass bottomed kayak tour to enjoy the marine life in the crystal clear water and then you get to drive in a rugged 4WD to see more of the island as you drive to the massive dunes for a sand tobogganing experience. 

Click here for more information or to book

Whatever your interests, you can find a tour combination that suits you. Tours can combine activities, including snorkelling, sandboarding, quad biking or even a helicopter flight, with either dolphin feeding or viewing. You can also choose basic days at the resort without any activities if you’d prefer to just relax and unwind on the beach and by the pool.

Click here for more information or to book


If you’re planning a holiday, you’re probably wondering how to get to Mulgumpin from Brisbane. Whether you’re interested in the barge to Mulgumpin prices or you’re interested in the Brisbane to Mulgumpin ferry timetable, we’ve got all of the information about how to go to Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) from Brisbane right here. 

Getting to Mulgumpin from Brisbane is easy, with several options available. Whether you’re looking for a car barge to Mulgumpin from Brisbane to enjoy an off-road adventure or you’re looking for a passenger ferry from Brisbane to Mulgumpin for a day trip or short break  – there are options to suit your needs. 

All the details are below, but to summarise, the options for how to get from Brisbane to Mulgumpin are as follows:

  • If taking your car, or staying outside of Tangalooma Island Resort, book the Micat ferry. 
  • If you’re staying at Tangalooma Island Resort and travelling on foot, book the Tangalooma Ferry, and 
  • If you’re heading to Tangalooma for the day, book a Tangalooma day trip package. 

Micat car ferry/barge: Brisbane to Mulgumpin ferry

If you want to catch the Brisbane to Mulgumpin ferry to go camping, you’re taking your 4WD over or staying at accommodation other than Tangalooma Island resort; you can catch the Micat barge to Mulgumpin. 

Timetable schedules vary throughout the year depending on demand. The Micat ferry can run up to five times daily during busy periods. During quieter times of the year, they may only run once daily (and sometimes, the ferry doesn’t run at all on Wednesdays). 

As the Micat barge to Mulgumpin times can vary, it’s well worth booking in advance to secure your spot. Ideally, you should look to book a car ticket at least a month in advance and multiple months in advance during peak times. 

If you’re planning on camping at Mulgumpin, check the availability with National Parks before you book the ferry to ensure you can find a site, as they can get booked up during peak times.  For walk-on passengers, it’s advised to book tickets at least a week in advance and earlier if it’s the school holidays. 

The Micat ferry to Mulgumpin from Brisbane takes around 90 minutes to cross Moreton Bay and unload. You catch the Micat at 14 Howard Smith Drive, Port of Brisbane and it lands near the Tangalooma Wrecks. Gates open an hour before departure.

You can travel on the Micat with your car or as a walk on passenger. 

The ferry to Mulgumpin cost is as follows for one way travel: 

Adult foot passenger: $37 

Children (4 – 15 years): $27

Infants (0 – 3 years): Free

Foot passengers can bring three pieces of luggage each, and any extra incurs a fee.

Vehicle prices include the driver only (so you need to buy foot passenger tickets for other occupants of the car).

Prices for vehicles start from $72 for a small vehicle one way (no trailer or van) and go up from there depending on the size of your vehicle and what you are towing. 

On board is a small cafe serving sausage rolls, pies, sandwiches, coffee, beer and wine. 

If you plan on taking your car, permits are required to drive on Mulgumpin. The cost per vehicle is $58 for up to one month, so don’t forget to organise these before you travel. 

Passenger ferry to Tangalooma Island Resort

If you want to take a cruise from Brisbane to Mulgumpin to spend a short break at Tangalooma Island Resort, then booking the Tangalooma ferry is best. This ferry is for guests of the resort only, so if you plan on staying anywhere else on the island or want to take your car over, the Micat is the ferry for you.

The Tangalooma ferry departs from Holt Street, Pinkenba, Brisbane and the ferry to Mulgumpin from Brisbane takes around 75 minutes. There are four boat services daily in each direction, and you should check in an hour before departure. Pre-bookings for the service are required, especially during peak times.

The Tangalooma Ferry has a small cafe serving hot and cold drinks and snacks. 

If you’re wondering how much is the ferry to Mulgumpin Tangalooma Island Resort, the return foot passenger ferry to Mulgumpin price is as follows: 

Adults: $88
Children (3 – 14 years): $48

Infant (0 – 2 years): Free

These prices are for accommodation guests of Tangalooma Island Resort only.

Parking is available at Holt Street Wharf in a secure car park for $20 per day or $80 per week per vehicle. Shuttle buses also run from selected Brisbane and Gold Coast hotels with JTP Transfers.

Tangalooma Island Resort day trips

If you’re planning on visiting Tangalooma for a day trip, the best option is to book a Tangalooma Day trip. Day trips are special packages that include various activities, resort access and usually a lunch voucher. You can choose the package that most suits your interests. 

Click here to check out the wide range of Tangalooma day tours available 


Looking for somewhere to stay on Mulgumpin? We recommend booking through as they offer a wide range of room types, most with free cancellation, which is ideal for last-minute changes.

However, if you want our recommendation for accommodation, we’ve listed our top picks below.

Best luxury, family and mid-range hotel: Tangalooma Island Resort and Tangalooma Holiday Homes

Tangalooma Island Resort offers accommodation in Mulgumpin for all group sizes and budgets so it’s perfect whether you’re searching for a luxury beach house Mulgumpin has or cheap accommodation Mulgumpin offers – you’ll be able to find something to suit your needs. 

Accommodation Tangalooma Mulgumpin

The following accommodation options are available: 

Tangalooma Hotel Rooms (various grades available)

If you’re looking for cheap Mulgumpin accommodation, this is the most basic level available at Tangalooma. They have budget rooms (sleeping up to 3), standard rooms (sleeping up to 4), deluxe rooms (sleeping up to 4), resort units (sleeping up to 4) and family suites (sleeping up to 6). 

Prices start from $189 for budget rooms per night and $319 for family rooms per night during low season.  

All rooms offer air conditioning, private bathrooms, tea and coffee-making facilities and TVs. 

Grades above the budget level include a wild dolphin feeding experience on one night of your stay and extras like a hairdryer and mini fridge. 

Units and suites have cooking facilities, dining areas and microwaves, so you can bring an esky of food to cater some of your meals.  

Tangalooma Beachfront Villas

Looking for the best holiday house Mulgumpin has to offer? A Tangalooma Beachfront Villa might just be it! This holiday accommodation comes in a range of sizes, sleeping from 6 to 8 guests. At the cheapest end, you can pay from $449 per night and at the top end from $760 per night. These holiday homes Mulgumpin has are great options for families who want to be close to the beach. 

These homes are on two-levels and all but two offer air conditioning. These holiday houses Mulgumpin offer have full kitchens including dishwasher and laundry facilities, TV and DVD player, plus second TV in the master bedroom. 

All styles offer slightly different specifications, but all are light and airy and provide a great self catering option for holiday accommodation. Mulgumpin short breaks don’t get much better than these absolute beachfront villas!    

Tangalooma Deepblue Apartments

The modern Deepblue Apartments are a fantastic option if you’re looking for four-star luxury with beachfront scenery. Set close to the jetty, these apartments overlook the nightly dolphin feeding, so you get great views. 

The apartments offer living and dining areas, full-sized kitchens, fridges, washing machines and dishwashers. 

Tangalooma Holiday Homes

If you prefer more space than an apartment and want to make the most of the elevated views, Tangalooma Holiday Homes are great options for holiday rentals Mulgumpin has.

These architecturally designed homes offer incredible water views across Moreton Bay and can accommodate 8 – 16 guests. These homes feature ceiling fans, living and dining areas and private garages if you’re bringing your 4WD over. These holiday homes give you a lot more space to relax and unwind. 

Homes start from $539 a night during low season. 

Tangalooma Penthouse

If you’re travelling as part of a large group of friends or family, the Tangalooma Penthouse is perfect! 

Taking over the entire fifth floor of the Deep Blue Holiday Apartments block, the penthouse sleeps up to 16 people and is priced from $1300 per night in low season. Guests can enjoy up to six bedrooms (the penthouse space can be reduced in size for smaller groups) and the most spectacular views. 

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Hotels beyond Tangalooma Island Resort

While Tangalooma Island Resort is the main accommodation in Mulgumpin, other options exist, including glamping on Mulgumpin or camping on Mulgumpin.  

Castaways Glamping Mulgumpin

Looking for the best camping, Mulgumpin offers or cheap accommodation? Mulgumpin Castaways Beach Resort can be accessed with your own 4WD or you can book a transfer from the ferry if you travel as a foot passenger. 

If you’re looking for your own slice of barefoot paradise, glamping at Mulgumpin could be for you!

Castaways accommodation Mulgumpin

Castaways glamping in Mulgumpin offers a range of accommodation options. Located in the township of Bulwer at the northern end of Mulgumpin, the resort is on a calm beach and provides the opportunity to get away from the crowds and get back to nature. 

There are 11 well-appointed glamping tents. Mulgumpin is the perfect location to try luxury camping! The glamping tents don’t have power points or TVs in the rooms – so it’s a great opportunity to get back to nature – but they have private en suites and are very comfortable! You can access a shared outdoor kitchen and two large outdoor BBQs for cooking.

You can also stay in Castaways units – Mulgumpin cheap accommodation at its best! The self-contained units are basic but equipped with everything you need to enjoy your stay on Mulgumpin, including a private bathroom, kitchen with fridge and oven, lounge, linen and bath towels. Units have an outdoor area. 

The on-site cafe and store can cater for your breakfast and lunch (as well as provide meal packs that you can cook yourself either in your kitchen unit or on the outdoor BBQs), and it also sells alcohol so you can purchase a bottle to enjoy as the sun goes down. 

The resort is just 100 metres from a beautiful beach where you can snorkel the Bulwer Wrecks (so don’t forget to bring your mask and fins!) The beach is also a perfect spot to throw in a line, so don’t forget to bring your fishing gear! After dark, cosy up around the firepit to toast marshmallows. 

If you don’t have your own 4WD, you can book one of the many tour options to explore the island. You can also hire equipment from Castaways, including beach bikes with fat wheels, kayaks and paddle boards.

Castaways Moreton Island is a great option if you’re looking to ditch the crowds and enjoy a peaceful, relaxing holiday. Equally, it’s a great base if you’re looking to bring your own 4WD to enjoy an adventurous holiday.  

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