North Lakes to benefit from new ferry service to Moreton Island

October 18, 2017 by  

North Lakes residents can now visit Moreton Island every weekend, thanks to a new passenger ferry across Moreton Bay.

The Redcliffe2Moreton Express is the first of its kind since the closure of a previous barge service back in 2008. Passengers can cross the bay from Redcliffe to Bulwer on this express Supercat in just 40 minutes.

The ferry is for passengers only, not vehicles. Facilities aboard include snacks and drinks for purchase – cash only as there is no EFT. Free tea and coffee are provided. Although the ferry has no wheelchair facilities, service dogs can be accommodated.

The bay itself is part of Moreton Bay Marine Park, and thus rich in marine life. Passengers may spot dugongs, rays, dolphins and turtles. Between June and November, migrating humpback whales could make an appearance. The trip across the bay promises to be a unique experience, during which one might be able to capture photographic records worthy of poster printing from nearby print shops.

The ferry departs from Redcliffe Jetty at 10:00 am every Friday and Sunday, to land on the unspoiled beach of Bulwer, in the north-western part of the island. It departs from the same spot at 3:00 pm. Since most of Moreton Island is a nature reserve, visitors can choose to explore the bush, swim, or snorkel around the three wrecks just off the beach, or chill out in the village.