Although it's been a popular getaway for Brisbanites and southeastern Queenslanders for many years, in 2013 Moreton Island was firmly placed on the cruise map, thanks to a maiden call from P&O Cruise's Pacific Jewel on a sailing from Sydney. The ship visited the island six times in 2013, and since its debut, thanks to positive feedback from passengers, the island has regularly appeared on P&O SeaBreak short cruise itineraries. The cruises offer a full day of fun on the island, arriving early in the morning and leaving around 8 p.m., with a relaxing sea day each side to and from Sydney.
Moreton is the third largest sand island in the world and an ecological jewel, located about 22 miles off the coast of Brisbane on "Nemo's Super Highway," or East Australian Current. The island sits in the picturesque Moreton Bay and its Marine Park and is an ideal place to escape the traffic, crowds and hubbub of city and suburban life.
Moreton Island is also famous for spectacular marine life and impressive sand dunes; its balmy waters teem with dolphins, whales, dugong, manta rays and stingrays. The island is 23-and-a-half miles (38 kilometers) long, and just less than 5 miles (8 kilometers) at its widest point, with 95 percent of the land zoned as a national park to protect its unique natural qualities. There are no sealed roads on Moreton Island, so it tends to attract people with a sense of adventure, as well as a love of the great outdoors.
Bulwer, a small holiday village for local travellers with a handful of basic services and a passenger ferry terminal, is one of three townships on the island, while Cowan Cowan is another, famous for World War II relics and wrecks, as well as the Toulkerrie Oyster Farm and the private beach resort of Tangalooma.
The resort was originally established as a whaling station and is now a marine education and conservation centre; it's also one of the few places in Australia where you can enjoy the unique experience of feeding wild bottlenose dolphins. Tangalooma Island Resort has partnered exclusively with P&O Cruises to offer passengers a wide range of activities when the ship visits. The resort also is home to a beach festival when ships call, with music and food stalls.