Gheebulum Kunungai (Moreton Island) National Park and Moreton Island Recreation Area Brisbane

National park management with traditional owners

Mulgumpin’s national park and recreation area is jointly managed between the island’s traditional owners and native title holders, the Quandamooka People, and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Photo credit: © Bianca Holderness

Gheebulum Kunungai – ‘lightnings’ playground’

Mulgumpin’s national park was renamed in 2021 to Gheebulum Kunungai (Moreton Island) National Park to reflect its strong cultural and historical significance. Gheebulum Kunungai means ‘lightnings’ playground’ in the language of the Quandamooka people. Photo credit: istock

Review of protected area management plan

The long-term plan for managing and conserving the natural and cultural values of Mulgumpin’s protected areas, including the national park and recreation area, is currently under review. Read more about this process and how you can keep informed. Photo credit: © Tourism and Events Queensland

Native title on Mulgumpin

Find out more information and background about native title on Mulgumpin held by the Quandamooka People, the island’s traditional owners and custodians.

Bookings and permits

Permits to drive or camp in Mulgumpin’s recreation area are booked and managed through Mulgumpin Camping. Photo credit: © Bianca Holderness

Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) protected area management

    Gheebulum Kunungai (Moreton Island) National Park. Gheebulum Kunungai means ‘lightnings’ playground’ to the Quandamooka people. Mulgumpin boasts a rich natural environment and significant cultural history of Quandamooka’s Ngugi people.

    The Quandamooka People are First Nations custodians of lands and waters within parts of Moreton Bay.

    In 2011, the Federal Court recognised the Quandamooka People’s native title rights and interests over Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). Quandamooka native title was recognised for Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) on 27 November 2019.

    Protected area management partnership

    Following native title determination, the Quandamooka People and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) entered into a joint management arrangement for the management of Mulgumpin’s national park and recreation area, extending on the successful partnership already in place on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

    Like on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) (pictured), Quandamooka rangers and QPWS rangers manage the natural and cultural values of Mulgumpin’s protected areas as part of their partnership.

    This means that Quandamooka and QPWS rangers work together to manage and protect the natural and cultural values of Gheebulum Kunungai (Moreton Island) National Park and Moreton Island Recreation Area, undertaking a range of activities including:

    • planning and operations
    • fire management
    • pest management
    • management of cultural heritage and visitor experience, and more.

    Read frequently asked questions about what native title (PDF, 776.1KB) and joint management means for people living on or visiting Mulgumpin.

    Camping and vehicle access permits

    Permits for camping and 4WDing on Mulgumpin are managed by Mulgumpin Camping, run by the island’s traditional owners and native title holders, the Quandamooka People.

    Photo credit: © Bianca Holderness

    Mulgumpin offers an amazing national park sand island experience on south east Queensland’s doorstep, including recreation such as camping and four-wheel driving.

    Camping and vehicle access permits for the recreation area are booked and managed through Mulgumpin Camping, owned and operated by the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC).

    For more information visit Mulgumpin Camping or call (07) 3506 2371.

    Review of protected area management plan

    The community is consulted during the development of protected area management plans in Queensland.

    Photo credit: © Bianca Holderness

    Mulgumpin’s protected areas are managed in accordance with the Moreton Island National Park, Cape Moreton Conservation Park and Moreton Island Recreation Area Management Plan (PDF, 868.6KB) .

    This plan is under review in 2021-2022 to ensure the continued protection of the park’s key natural and cultural values, and effective day-to-day and long-term management to protect those values.

    • Read more about this management plan review including frequently asked questions and how you can keep informed during the community consultation phase.

    More information

    This page will be updated with new information about the management of Mulgumpin's protected areas.