So much to see, so little time. It’s an ideal slogan for city life. Some of the benefits of living in or near Brisbane are the opportunities to become more mindful of what’s right on our doorstep. If you have a boat, even more doors open.

There are a whole host of adventures to experience out on the water on Moreton Bay day trips. So, after you’ve booked a boat service in Brisbane, you’ll soon be good to go. Read on for the lowdown on Moreton Bay island hopping.

Why Moreton Bay Day Trips Are Ideal By Boat

Moreton Bay stretches around 125 kilometres from Caloundra in the north to nearly as far south as the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise.

Three huge sand islands create a barrier between Moreton Bay and the Coral Sea. These are Minjerribah or North Stradbroke Island, South Stradbroke Island and Mulgumpin or Moreton Island.

The bay boasts about 360 islands altogether. That makes Moreton Bay island hopping a favourite pastime for boat enthusiasts. Typically sandy and shallow, the bay is home to plenty of wildlife, including sharks, whales, dolphins, and turtles.

During the whale season from June to October, the bay becomes a humpback superhighway. That’s when the whales head north to give birth to their calves before returning south to feed.

Here’s a selection of our Moreton Bay island-hopping favourites:

Peel Island

Also referred to as Teerk Roo Ra National Park, this small heritage-listed island lies around 4km offshore. There are two island locations that are open to the public. These are Platypus Bay and Horseshoe Bay.

The island is popular with boaties, particularly at the weekends. Fringed by coral reefs, it’s an excellent place for snorkelling in the clear blue waters. There are several well-known fishing spots along with impressive sandstone outcrops to explore.

There’s restricted access on much of the island in an effort to preserve historic sites, including the former leper colony or lazaret. It was home to leprosy patients from 1907 and for the following 52 years.

For good fishing, head along the spit from the old jetty out to the reef and around halfway to Cleveland Point. When the wind is from the west, fish from the Bluff to Douglas Light.

Peel Island has featured prominently on the silver screen, including as a backdrop for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Moreton Island

North-east of Brisbane, this is the third biggest sand island in the world. Anchor up and enjoy some snorkelling adventures at the renowned Tangalooma Wrecks, or try some sand surfing down the impressive dunes.

The island is a favourite with campers who enjoy kayaking, checking out the freshwater lakes or bush hiking. There are opportunities to feed the dolphins that come into the bay.

When the whale-watching season is in full swing, you’ll be able to witness the majestic humpback whales playing in the calm blue waters. There are some great diving sites around the island to enjoy.

Take the boat through Frazer’s Gutter to Kooringal. It’s a great place for a meal and a cold beer. If you have time and there’s no westerly due, head north to Shark Spit or spend a couple of hours at the big Sand Hills.

North Stradbroke Island

Moreton Bay island hopping would not be complete without a stop here. Referred to as ‘Straddie’ by the locals, North Stradbroke Island is a great option for a day trip or a more extended stay. The ever-popular Point Lookout is a small resort town that’s well worth a visit.

There are plenty of lakes, gorges and long stretches of beach to enjoy. The east side of the island has become a paradise for surfers. You will also be able to catch a glimpse of sea turtles, dolphins and whales there too. There is a small secret diving spot where you can swim with manta rays and check out a vast array of marine life.

In a southerly, head to Deanbilla Bay or Myora Reef, where the water is clean and sparkling. Fishing the Rainbow Channel always tends to end in success, too.

St Helena Island

This island on the Moreton Bay island hopping list sometimes gets overlooked. This heritage site was once home to Brisbane’s most notorious penal colony, and you can still see the ruins today. There are night ghost tours that run on the island, too.

St Helena Island is ideal for a day trip when you’ll be able to step back in time and connect with the past. There’s a great picnic spot for boaties.

Coochiemudlo Island

Situated in the Redlands Bay area of Moreton Bay, you’ll find Coochie as it’s become affectionately known. Swimming is safe for the kids because nearly half the coastline boasts beaches with gently lapping waves. This is an ideal location for kayaking, fishing or a fun family day out.

Southern Moreton Bay Islands

Four suburban islands make up the group. They are Lamb, Macleay, Karragarra and Russell Islands. Although the islands have a few small nature reserves, they are mainly made up of the small communities who live on them.

Macleay Island is perhaps the most sophisticated with an Arts complex displaying the work of local artists. You could eat at the Bowls Club or visit the small beaches dotted around the island.

The other islands are less commercial and more suburban destinations, but each has its own identity with lots of secret beaches and places to explore.

Mike’s Marine for the Best Boat Service in Brisbane

Before setting out on your Moreton Bay island hopping adventures, you must ensure your boat is in fine working order. Safety is paramount, even for Moreton Bay day trips.

Mike’s Marine offers very competitive boat servicing in Brisbane and the Redlands. We specialise in boat repairs and repowering boats as well.

Get in touch with one of the team today and book your boat with the best boat service in Brisbane today.