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The Wrecks camping area

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The Wrecks camping area

Tent camping No tent camping
Caravan camping No caravan camping
Campervan camping No campervan camping
Motorhome camping No motorhome camping
Camper trailer camping No camper trailer camping
Toilets (non-flush) No toilets
Cold showers No showers
Camp fires allowed (conditions apply) No camp fires
No barbecues
Generators allowed (conditions apply) No generators
Picnic tables No picnic tables
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access

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Tent camping No tent camping
Caravan camping No caravan camping
Campervan camping No campervan camping
Motorhome camping No motorhome camping
Camper trailer camping No camper trailer camping
Toilets (non-flush) No toilets
Cold showers No showers
Camp fires allowed (conditions apply) No camp fires
No barbecues
Generators allowed (conditions apply) No generators
Picnic tables No picnic tables
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
World Heritage Area

Casuarina and hibiscus trees screen this popular camping area, set close to the Tangalooma Wrecks and main barge landing point.

Park alerts

Moreton Island conditions report

Critical information for your safety is included in the conditions report, always check it before you visit.

The Tangalooma Wrecks against the setting sun.
The Tangalooma Wrecks against the setting sun. John Merrit © Queensland Government
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Situated next to a sheltered bay on the western side of the island, this camping area is near the Tangalooma Wrecks, a group of 15 scuttled ships from Queensland's only whaling station, which operated from 1952 to 1962.

Enjoy the shady surrounds of native trees and shrubs before heading to the beach along one of the walking tracks. Cast a line to catch a tasty whiting, bream, dart or flathead to bring back for a barbecue.

If you’re feeling energetic, enjoy some kayaking or paddle boarding, or gear up to dive and snorkel around the shipwrecks with the local dolphins, stingrays and turtles.

At a glance

Camping layout: Separate numbered sites
Number of camp sites: 21
Site surface: Sand
Camp sites are suitable for: Short walk to tent
Facilities: cold showers bins
Permits and fees: camping permits

Getting there and getting around

The Wrecks camping area is in Moreton Island National Park, 40km offshore from Brisbane. The island can be reached by ferry, barge or boat.

The camping area is located on the western side of the island, a short distance north of the main barge landing. The camping area can be reached by 4WD, boat or on foot.

Anchor your boat in the channel between the beach and scuttled shipwrecks. Keep clear of the marked barge landing area.

You will need a 4WD for driving on the island. Four-wheel-drives with high clearance and low range function are strongly recommended. All-wheel-drive vehicles without true 4WD function and vehicles with low clearance will have difficulty along inland tracks and in soft sand, therefore we don't recommend them for Moreton Island.

  • The beach from the barge landing point to the camping area is best travelled at mid to low tide.
  • There is a 30km/hr speed limit on the beach in front of the camping area.
  • Remember all vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply, even on beaches.
  • A vehicle access permit must be purchased. Display the permit on your windscreen before driving in the recreation area.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Getting to Moreton Island

Barge and ferry access

Barges and ferries for vehicles and passengers run daily. Extra services operate in school holidays and on long weekends. Bookings are essential.

  • For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Private boat access

Moreton Island lies in exposed waters—you may encounter large seas between Moreton Island and the mainland. Consider your experience and the suitability of your vessel, and take into account currents and predicted weather and sea conditions when planning your trip.

  • Be aware that there are no public moorings available at Moreton Island.
  • When anchoring, make sure that your vessel, anchors and ropes don't restrict the safe movement of 4WDs or pedestrians on the beach.

Road conditions

  • The beach near The Wrecks camping area is very busy with pedestrians and vehicles travelling to and from the barge.
  • Check the Moreton Island conditions report for the latest information on access, closures and conditions within the recreation area.

  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Fuel and supplies

Visitors will need to ensure they carry adequate supplies of fuel from Brisbane. Please note that vehicle access permits are issued with a condition that restricts the amount of fuel that may be kept within a developed camping area to 50L.

General supplies are available at a few locations on Moreton Island.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

When to visit

Opening hours

The Wrecks camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Climate and weather

Moreton Island has a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 22–30°C in summer and 12–22°C in winter.

Permits and fees

Organised events

  • If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.

Vehicle access permits

  • A vehicle access permit must be purchased. Display the permit on your windscreen before driving in the recreation area.

Camping permits

You can collect permit tags from the following locations:

  • The information shelter at The Wrecks barge landing on Moreton Island.
  • Any other Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service information shelter or amenity block on the island.
  • The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service office at Manly. See the over-the-counter permit booking offices list for details.

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

Unreliable. Check with your service provider for more information.

Wi-Fi

Connect to our QldParks wi-fi in The Wrecks camping area.

Tourism information

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Be prepared

  • Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
  • Moreton Island is remote and facilities are limited. There is no resident doctor on the island and medical assistance is hours away. You need to be self-sufficient and plan ahead for any contingency.
  • Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.

Camping

  • Ensure your camp site is pig-safe by keeping all food, scraps, bait, rubbish in strong lockable containers. Feral pigs learn to scavenge for food and easily find food and rubbish. Please let rangers know about any feral pigs you see around the island (location, time of day and number of pigs) to assist in their management.
  • Bring insect repellent as mosquitoes and sandflies may be present in large numbers.
  • Read camp with care for tips on camping safely and camping softly.

Drinking water

  • There is water in the camping area.
  • You can also collect water from the Big Sandhills on the western beach, the Rous Battery and Eagers Creek on the eastern beach, and also at all established camping areas.
  • Treat all water before use.

Open fires

  • Open fires are not allowed.
  • We recommend fuel or gas stoves for cooking.

Rubbish

  • You can use rubbish bins located on the beach south of The Wrecks camping area.

Walking

  • You need to be alert when walking on the beach with busy traffic, particularly at high tide where there is limited beach to drive on.
  • When relaxing on the beach, place your towel well away from tyre ruts and the barge landing area.
  • Don't sand toboggan on the western facing dunes between The Wrecks and Ben-Ewa. You could be injured by buried debris and collision with vehicles driving along the beach.
  • Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.

Driving

  • Park and play well away from sand cliffs as they can collapse without warning.
  • Moreton Island's beaches have hazards including washouts and exposed rocks, particularly after heavy rain and rough seas.
  • Vehicle crashes have been caused by reckless driving and pranks, and passengers have suffered serious spinal injuries in vehicles travelling too fast for the road or beach conditions.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Around water

  • There are no patrolled beaches on the island. We don't recommend swimming at unpatrolled beaches. If you decide to swim, you enter the water at your own risk.
  • Strong currents, rips and sharks may be present.
  • You can snorkel around the Wrecks but avoid touching or getting too close to the aging structures.
  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.

Boating and fishing

  • You can anchor in the channel between the beach and The Wrecks but keep clear of the marked barge landing area.
  • Fish well away from swimmers in the area.
  • Fisheries regulations apply. You can obtain information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures from Fisheries Queensland.
  • Spearfishing is prohibited within the waters of the artificial reef area off Moreton Island between Tangalooma Point and Comboyuro Point.
  • All freshwater fish are protected on Moreton Island—you cannot fish or collect bait in the island's lakes and streams.
  • Mirapool Lagoon is a special protection zone and a marine national park zone, where fishing and collecting are prohibited.
  • Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.
Last updated: 22 March 2018
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