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.

Visiting Moreton Bay safely

    Getting there and getting around

    Moreton Bay Marine Park can be reached from coastal towns between Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast to Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast.

    The islands of Moreton Bay can be reached by private boat, barge or water taxi. Maritime Safety Queensland has a series of boating maps for Moreton Bay and surrounding areas to assist with navigation. For more information see the tourism information links below.

    Wheelchair accessibility

    Some of the barge landings, boat ramps and commercially operated tours are wheelchair accessible. For more information see the tourism information links below.

    Staying safe

    • Check tide times and weather forecasts available from the Bureau of Meteorology.
    • Know the risks, know your equipment, know your responsibilities and know your boat.
    • Seek local advice about strong currents and tidal influences.

    Before you visit

    Quick guide to activities

    Boating

    Boating is largely unrestricted in the marine park, however boat operators must:

    • adhere to rules in go slow and no anchoring areas (see designated areas (PDF, 1.1MB) )
    • ensure they do not unreasonably disturb shorebirds anywhere in the marine park
    • not discharge any waste, including treated or untreated sewage in marine national park (green) zones. For other restrictions refer to Maritime Safety Queensland vessel sewage discharge restriction maps.

    Boating maps by Maritime Safety Queensland should be used as a guide for navigation.

    Jet skis and other personal watercraft (PWC)

    In the zoning plan jet skis are considered vessels and the same rules apply. Operators must:

    • adhere to rules in go slow and no anchoring areas (see designated areas (PDF, 1.1MB) )
    • ensure they do not unreasonably disturb shorebirds anywhere in the marine park.

    Motorised water sports

    In the go slow areas for turtles and dugong and natural values, vessels (including PWC) cannot undertake motorised water sports. This includes:

    • driving a vessel other than in a straight line; for example driving in circles, weaving, and surfing down or jumping over waves, swell or wash
    • towing a person, such as for waterskiing, parasailing or wakeboarding
    • the PWC not taking the most reasonable direct route between two places.

    Time limits

    Time limits apply on anchoring in the marine park—anchoring more than 14 consecutive days, or more than 30 days in any period of 60 days, in one area requires a permit.

    Public Moorings

    A two hour time limit applies to public moorings in the marine park. In Moreton Bay Marine Park there are two Classes of public mooring:

    A Class Mooring – Limits of use:

    • Wind up to 24 knots
    • Monohull 10 metres
    • Multi-hull 9 metres
    • 2 Hour limit
    • Attach to bow only
    • Single vessel use

    C Class Mooring – Limits of use:

    • Wind up to 24 knots
    • Monohull 25 metres
    • Multi-hull 22 metres
    • 2 Hour limit
    • Attach to bow only
    • Single vessel use

    Regulatory notice—limit of use for buoy moorings at Flinders Reef and Flat Rock (PDF, 46.0KB) .

    Recreational fishing, crabbing, bait gathering and netting

    Activity Where allowed

    Line fishing and trolling

    Allowed in all zones except marine national park (green) zones where it is prohibited.

    Limited to two lines each and a total of two hooks per angler in conservation park (yellow) zones.

    Crabbing

    Allowed in all zones except marine national park (green) zones where it is prohibited.

    Limited to four crab pots per person in conservation park (yellow) zones.

    Bait gathering

    (taking by hand or hand-held implement only)

    Allowed in all zones except marine national park (green) zones where it is prohibited.

    Limited spearfishing

    (spearfishing that does not include the use of a power-head, firearm, light or underwater breathing apparatus—other than a snorkel)

    Allowed in all zones except marine national park (green) zones where it is prohibited.

    Netting

    Allowed in all zones except marine national park (green) zones where it is prohibited.

    Bait netting is the only type of netting allowed in conservation park (yellow) zones.

    Vehicles prohibited

    Permits and fees

    Marine park permits are important for the management of Moreton Bay Marine Park. Through the permit process the department can place conditions on certain activities, separate conflicting activities, limit the impacts on high-use and sensitive areas, collect data and encourage responsible behaviour. The zoning plan states activities that can occur without specific permission and those that require a permit. Marine park permits are required for most commercial or high impact activities (PDF, 581.4KB) including:

    • commercial tourism
    • collecting restricted marine plants or animals
    • works considered consistent with the object of the zone
    • constructing or installing a jetty, boat ramp or revetment wall
    • dredging, material extraction and disposal
    • aquaculture operations (not including the addition of feed)
    • non-accredited research and educational activities
    • vessel charter operations
    • operation of a hovercraft.

    Before undertaking any activity in the marine park check the zoning plan to determine whether a marine park permit is required. Issuing a permit is not automatic, each application is considered on its merits.

    If in any doubt about whether a permit is required, contact Queensland Parks for assistance.

    Apply for a marine park permit or learn more about the assessment process.

    Essentials to bring

    Opening hours

    The park is open 24 hours a day.

    Pets

    Pets are allowed on vessels in the marine park, but are prohibited in all national parks. Dogs are prohibited on beaches and intertidal areas where a marine park is adjacent to a national park or where prohibited by a regulatory notice. In other areas dogs must be controlled or restrained so they do not disturb shorebirds. It is recommended that you leave pets at home or keep them aboard the boat.

    Climate and weather

    Moreton Bay Marine Park has a mild, subtropical climate. The average daily temperature range is 22 to 30°C in summer and 12 to 22°C in winter. For more information see the tourism information links. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

    Fuel and supplies

    Fuel and supplies are available in coastal towns from Caloundra to the Gold Coast. For more information see the tourism information links.

    • Half of the incidents for boat strikes recorded along the Queensland coast occur in Moreton Bay. Turtle and dugong are most prone because they are slow and boats are fast. Get the Go slow aerial map and Moreton Bay Marine Park User Guide to find out more.