Take a day trip and follow the river all the way to the ocean, where you’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous shoreline, mesmerizing beaches, and a coastline scattered with idyllic islands. One of the most captivating of these is Moreton Island
, located just a 70-minute ferry ride from Brisbane. This is the third-largest sand island in the world, and home to the famous Tangalooma Wrecks
, a group of 15 sunken ships. These poetically rusting hulks have become a haven for wildlife and a popular spot for diving and snorkeling. Be sure to sample the island’s local delicacy, the “Moreton Bay Bug”—an alarming name for a delicious type of lobster.