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

Forest along the Telegraph Road track. Photo credit: Leanne Siebuhr © Queensland Government

Complete survey to have your say on visitation

A Sustainable Visitor Capacity and Management Study will help determine how to best balance visitor use, experience and cultural, conservation as well as economic outcomes on Mulgumpin. Read more and complete a survey by 29 May 2023 to share your views and provide feedback.

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

Telegraph Road track

Discover the remnants of a historic telegraph line on this long, scenic walk through the island’s centre.

Journey type
16km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 6hrs walking time.
Difficult (walk)

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Enjoy a sandy hike through fragrant eucalypt forest and coastal heathland, showcasing a dazzling display of flowers along the track in springtime.

Keep a look out for the forested swamp on top of the dune ridge, where striped marshfrogs and wallum sedgefrogs emerge at nightfall.

As you walk, see if you can spot a series of telegraph posts, relics of the old telegraph line built in the 1890s to service the Cape Moreton Lighthouse. Abandoned in 1952, relics can still be found along Bulwer–North Point Road and Telegraph Road.

Getting there and getting around

Telegraph Road track is in Gheebulum Kunungai (Moreton Island) National Park, 40km offshore from Brisbane. The island can be reached by ferry, barge or boat.

This track traverses the centre of the island and can be accessed from Mount Tempest (south end) and from Bulwer–Blue Lagoon Road (north end).

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 Mulgumpin (Moreton Island)..

  • 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.

From Mount Tempest

  • From the eastern beach, drive along Middle Road for 800m, turn right at the Mount Tempest turn-off and drive for another 2.4km to the car park.
  • From western beach, drive 6km along Middle Road to the Mount Tempest turn-off then drive a further 2.4km to the car park.

Bulwer–Blue Lagoon road

  • From the western beach, drive along Bulwer–Blue Lagoon Road for 7.6km to the intersection with the Telegraph Road track trail head.
  • If you'd prefer to walk the track one-way, you can arrange to be dropped off at the end of the Bulwer–Blue Lagoon Road and walk through to Mount Tempest, to meet your lift at the Mount Tempest car park.

Getting to Mulgumpin (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, 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

Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) lies in exposed waters—you may encounter large seas between Mulgumpin (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 Mulgumpin (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.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Telegraph Road track is open 24 hours a day.

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

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Gheebulum Kunungai (Moreton Island) safely and Walk with care.