Moreton Bay Marine Park Brisbane

Photo: Queensland Government.

Zoning Plan remake and review

The remade Marine Parks (Moreton Bay) Zoning Plan 2019 came into effect on 1 September 2019.

Things to do

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping

    Camping is available in these nearby parks:

    Other accommodation

    There is a range of holiday accommodation on the mainland in and around Caloundra, Redcliffe, Cleveland and the Gold Coast. Accommodation is also available on several islands in Moreton Bay including Bribie Island, Moreton Island, North Stradbroke Island, South Stradbroke Island, Coochiemudlo Island, Lamb Island and Russell Island. For more information see the tourism information links below.

    Boating and fishing

    The marine park offers excellent boating and fishing in the sheltered waters of the Pumicestone Passage and Moreton Bay and the ocean beaches of Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island. Read more about boating safety and things you should do when boating to look after the park. See below for information on things to know before you go.

    There are also a number of Fish Habitat Areas (FHAs) declared in Moreton Bay. These areas protect important fish habitats from the impacts of coastal development, while still allowing legal fishing.

    Guided tours and talks

    Several commercial operators run tours that cater for activities such as whale watching, diving, fishing and sightseeing. For more information see the tourism information links below.

    Viewing wildlife

    Beaches, sandbanks and mudflats are important areas for shorebirds (wading birds and seabirds). More than 40,000 migratory shorebirds visit the area each September to April and Moreton Bay is internationally recognised as a Ramsar site for its importance to the survival of these birds. At least 32 species of migratory shorebirds have been recorded in the park, including eastern curlews, grey-tailed tattlers, red-necked stints, ruddy turnstones, bar-tailed godwits and sandpipers.

    Whale watching is popular in Moreton Bay from June to September. To ensure the whales' safety—and that of the people around them—strict regulations apply. While in the vicinity of whales, skippers and passengers on recreational craft must adhere to whale watching rules and guidelines.

    To keep you, the whales and your vessel safe:

    • keep a sharp lookout for whales and whale watchers
    • slow down or stop to see in which direction whales are travelling
    • do not approach a whale from directly in front or behind
    • stay at least 100m away (300m for a jet ski)
    • if there are three or more boats, stay 300m away
    • stay at least 500m away from 'special interest' whales like 'Migaloo' the white whale
    • if possible, always stay on the landward side of the whale.

    Several commercial tour operators offer whale watching cruises. For more information see the tourism information links below.

    When out in your boat keep watch for green turtles, loggerhead turtles and hawksbill turtles, dugong and the bay's two resident dolphin species; the bottlenose dolphin and the Indo-Pacific hump-backed dolphin.

    Other things to do

    Several areas within the marine park are popular for diving and snorkelling. Enjoy the experience and leave only bubbles.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.