Moreton Island National Park and Recreation Area Brisbane

Take in the views of Yellow Patch and Heath Island from Five Hills lookout. Photo credit: Leanne Siebuhr © Queensland Government

Aerial view of the southern end of Moreton Island National Park. Photo credit: © Tourism and Events Queensland

Bookings and permits

From February 2020, permits to drive or camp in the Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) Recreation Area are booked and managed through Mulgumpin Camping.

Five Hills lookout track

Be invigorated on this sandy walk through pristine coastal heath with scenic views of Heath Island and an intertidal estuary.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
1km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 30mins walking time.
Grade
Moderate (walk)
Where
View map

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Wind your way through low heathland bursting with banksias, dwarf casuarinas and grasstrees to a lookout perched atop a large sand dune.

Soak up golden sunshine as you gaze over panoramic views of the island’s coastal swampland, and to Cape Moreton Lighthouse and Heath Island, where the land meets the sea.

With a good camera lens or binoculars you’ll spy migratory and resident shorebirds darting along the beach. See if you can identify ospreys, white-faced herons, beach stone-curlews and eastern curlews.

Getting there and getting around

Five Hills lookout track is in Moreton Island National Park, 40km offshore from Brisbane. The island can be reached by ferry, barge or boat.

This track is located on the northern side of the island between Comboyuro Point and Cape Moreton.

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)..

  • From North Point beach take the Bulwer–North Point Road for 3.5km to the start of the track.
  • 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 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 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

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

Five Hills lookout 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 Moreton Island safely and Walk with care.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.