I'm planning a 3-4 week trip to Queensland in August 2014 with my family (wife and 2 kids aged 11 and 14), driving from Brisbane to Cairns. I'd love to visit Moreton Island but with limited time I want to try and make sure I see the best of it.
I'm thinking of a 2 day trip staying at the Tangalooma Resort with a day spent on the beach, swimming, snorkelling, possibly a trip to try sand surfing (looks fun) and of course the dolphin feeding (my daughter would love this). On the second day I'd love to take a tour of the island preferably by hiring a 4WD as I prefer to explore under my own steam. I'd love to drive to the quieter parts of the island and especially the inland lakes which look stunning
I'd then either stay a second night or take the last ferry home and stay on the mainland before heading north. Tangalooma is not a cheap place to stay so I'm wondering if it's worth the expense of a second night. I've read that the resort has mixed reviews but we are not really after luxury accommodation and gourmet food, just somewhere to rest our heads at night and refuel during the day. It's the outdoor experience and wildlife we are after (we'd camp if we weren't travelling halfway around the world to get here :)
My main questions other than is a couple of days enough to see the highlights would be around the 4WD hire/tour. I've driven 4WD on rough mountainous/costal roads in the UK and Greece but never on beaches. Just wondering how suited Moreton is to a relative novice having a first go a this type of driving and whether a day would be enough to take in the sights. I'm also planning to visit Fraser Island so the same sort of questions apply from 4WD driving experience
I had naively thought I could just hire a 4WD on the mainland for the whole 3-4 week trip and use on the islands. Having read a few posts it was clear that not only would there be restrictions on actually using them in such conditions and taking them on ferries/barges but they are obviously not really designed for that sort of activity!
If anyone has any comments or thoughts on the best way to experience Moreton in a couple of days I'd appreciate it