Moreton Island National Park and Recreation Area Brisbane

Forest along the Telegraph Road 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

Telegraph Road track

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

Journey type
Walk
Distance
16km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 6hrs walking time.
Grade
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 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 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

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 Moreton Island safely and Walk with care.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.