Moreton Bay is located between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast on the eastern coast of Australia, 14km from central Brisbane. Moreton Bay is approximately 80km long from north to south and lies between the mouth of the Brisbane River and separated from the Coral Sea by Moreton, North Stradbroke and South Stradbroke islands.
Moreton Bay Marine Park is a beautiful tapestry of islands, reefs, sheltered inlets and open ocean. It includes the waters of Moreton Bay, from Caloundra to the southern tip of South Stradbroke Island. The marine and coastal environments include rocky shores, wetlands, coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass meadows and sandy beaches.
Only about 1% of the Moreton Bay is coral reef. Land clearing and settlement in the catchment has led to unfavourable conditions for coral growth.
Many whale and dolphin species are found in Moreton Bay including humpback whales, killer whales, southern right whales, sperm whales, melon-headed whales, blue whales, Bryde's whales, minke whales, common dolphins, spinner dolphins and Risso's dolphins. Witness the migration of Humpback Whales from June to October as they make their way through Moreton Bay.
Moreton Bay contains around 360 islands in total, and at least 102 shipwrecks of which 26 have their exact location known.
Moreton Bay is also home to dugong, sharks and turtles. Moreton Bay is the only place in Australia where dugongs gather in herds, and the loggerhead turtle population in Moreton Bay is the most significant in the country. Dugongs and turtles in Moreton Bay are often killed or injured when struck by speeding boats, so take care when operating boats in the bay.
Many watersports and activities occur on Moreton Bay, including kayaking, jet-skiing, windsurfing and water-skiing. Diving and snorkelling are popular around the islands.
The waters of Moreton Bay are a popular destination for recreational anglers and are used by commercial operators who provide seafood to market. The Moreton Bay bug is a species of slipper lobster found throughout the waters of Australia's north coast and is a relatively expensive delicacy served in many restaurants in Queensland. The Moreton Bay Classic fishing competition is held annually from the Manly foreshore.
Many sailing events held on Moreton Bay including:
- Yacht and dinghy racing
- Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race, every year on Good Friday
- The Interclub Bay Cruise held each year in the first week of the Queensland September school holidays
23 Mar 2018