Moreton Island/Mulgumpin:

18 JANUARY 2023

Moreton Island/Mulgumpin is the world’s third largest sand island and is located just a short ferry ride from Brisbane. While its crystal blue waters, marine life and pristine beaches are popular with visitors, Moreton Island/Mulgumpin is also home to some of the world’s tallest coastal sand dunes – the perfect playground for sandboarding and sand surfing experiences.

What is sandboarding?  

Like snowboarding, sandboarding is a sport that involves sliding down giant sand dunes while standing up, with your feet strapped in. This is for the experts. The average person who wants to sandboard, or sand toboggan, will use a small, thin, hard and waxed board and lie on their stomach or sit with their knees up. 

An image of a woman catching a frisbee at Tangalooma, Moreton Island.

Man sandboarding

Why is Moreton Island/ Mulgumpin the best location in Australia for sandboarding and sand surfing?

Moreton Island/ Mulgumpin is home to some of the world’s highest sand dunes. The Desert (centre west of Moreton Island/ Mulgumpin) and the Big and Little Sand Hills (near the south of Moreton Island/ Mulgumpin) are the best spots for enthusiasts and beginners alike. The Big Sand Hills area has very steep dunes up to 90m high if you really want to pick up some speed!

From the top of the dunes you’ll be treated to a spectacular panoramic view over Moreton Island/ Mulgumpin and Moreton Bay. The island is 95% national park and remains relatively untouched by human hands. Combine this natural paradise with the swirling blue hues of the bay for stunning and breath-taking views.

An image of a group of three friends running up a hill with boards on Moreton Island.

What does sandboarding feel like? 

Once you’ve hiked up the giant dune with a board under your arm, it’s time for the adrenaline rush. Set your board on the dune edge, lie on your stomach and use your hands to bend the front edge up. When ready, tuck those elbows in and push off or have a friend push you - you can reach speeds of up to 60km/h. The adrenaline-filled ride is over in what feels like seconds then it's time to climb to the top again!

How do I get to the Moreton Island/Mulgumpin sand dunes?  

Australian Sunset Safaris, Sunrover Tours and Moreton Bay Escapes all offer sand tobogganing as part of one-day Moreton Island/ Mulgumpin tours, which includes snorkelling the Tangalooma Island Resort Wrecks, made up of 15 old ships. Alternatively Tangalooma Island Resort runs a 90-minute Desert Safari Tour three times a day that takes you to the dunes and back again via bus, with all equipment provided.

If you prefer to self-guide, you'll need a 4WD to get you around the island as all roads are made of sand. 

What else can I do on Moreton Island/Mulgumpin? 

From adventure sports and water tours to resort relaxation and poolside dining, Moreton Island/ Mulgumpin is the perfect destination for rest and play. Check out our handy guide on things you can do and see on Moreton Island near Brisbane for some inspiration.

A distant shot of a couple sitting on a tree trunk on a beach