Moreton Island National Park and Recreation Area Brisbane

View of the coastline looking south from the southern gun emplacement on the Rous Battery track. 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. Photo credit: © Tourism and Events Queensland

Rous Battery track

Step back in time and discover the remains of a World War II fort set high on the islands dunes.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
9.8km one way A path where the start point is different to the finish point
Time suggested
Allow 3.5hrs walking time.
Grade
Moderate (walk)
Where
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Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD
  • Boat

Journey facilities

  • Walking

Wander through native forest along a road built by the Civil Construction Corps during World War II.

Imagine a time when this track was used to move troops, supplies and heavy guns between the Cowan Cowan and Rous Battery artillery.

Walk through native scribbly gum forest and feathery foxtails—look for traces of bandicoot diggings in the sandy ground below your feet.

Venture down one of the smaller trails branching off the main track to the World War II Rous Battery buildings perched on the dunes. Explore the remnants of a fort and artillery batteries and admire spectacular views over the eastern beach.

Getting there and getting around

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

The Rous Battery track starts off The Desert Road and ends at Rous Battery on the eastern beach.

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)..

  • Follow the Tangalooma Bypass Road and The Desert Road to the start of the track.
  • The track extends south following undulating ridge lines for 9.8km, ending at the eastern beach near Rous Battery.
  • Stay overnight in one of two camp sites at the end of the track in the South-east camping zone, then return the next day.
  • Alternatively you can start from the eastern beach at Rous Battery and walk to The Desert and western beach.
  • If you are short of time, drive south on the eastern beach past Middle Road to Rous Battery and spend an hour exploring the fort remnants.
  • 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

Rous Battery 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.