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Moreton Experience's School Camp Excursion

all 4WD bus excursions are included in Moreton Experience's all inclusive prices

Tobogganing/ sandboarding at The Sandhills ~ 3 hours
Bus to The Little Sandhills to toboggan/ sandboard.

Link to Sandboarding by Moreton Experience on UTUBE

Alan brings over 28 years of personal experience to this activity to ensure student safety by selecting appropriate slopes and procedures which minimize risk. As tobogganing is high on the students “favourite list for camp” this activity is scheduled when weather conditions are optimal. Internet access at Blue Lagoon is used pick the best times for tobogganing. Speeds as measured by GPS are 30 to 40 kph.

Moreton Experience's masonite sand boards Masonite are given a special coating which enhances speed and makes the boards able to toboggan on wet sand. It is not possible to tobogganing during rain

During the 4WD bus trip to the Sandhills along the Ocean beach, we see


The Little Sandhills awesome dune study.


Speeds of 30 kph plus are usual on the specially prepared Moreton Experience boards


The Little Sandhills, anything but little


Cape Moreton ~ 3 hours

Bus to Spitfire Creek, North Point and Cape Moreton.


Half way into the 20 minute drive to Cape Moreton we cross Spitfire Creek. It here that the timber getters Phamphlett, Finnegan and Parsons, the came ashore in 1823 to get freshwater only to be stranded when there boat was broken up in the surf. When rescued by Oxley their story was recorded by Uniake. At Spitfire Creek students read a summary of this narrative prepared by Alan

Then its off to the Cape to see marine life, humpback whales (May to October inclusive), dolphins, rays and turtles. We also see the Cape Lighthouse built by the New south Wales government in 1857. We also visit the Moreton Island National Park information centre which is housed in one of the light house keepers .

Rocky shore intertidal animals can be studied at North Point. Vehicle access to North point is restricted so bus and walk time adds up to about 30 minutes to reach the rocky shore so rocky shore is only scheduled by request as means less time spent at the Cape.


Cape Moreton Lightouse built in 1857


Spitfire Creek on the way to the Cape. Students reading about the shipwreck of Phamplett Finnegan and Parsons in 1823 at Spitfire.


University students undertaking rocky shore study at North Point


Cape Moreton Information Centre


Spectacular views of the Island and also marine life, rays turtles, dolphins, sharks and from May till the end of October, humpback whales.


Right tide and right waves co-inside to provide a safe exhilarating splash.



The Mt Tempest bus tour ~ 3 hours.

Bus to the 2.5 hour Mt Tempest walk.


Unlike the other bus tours this tour includes an 4km walk to Mt Tempest (8km return). – Students climb Mt Mtemepest 280 metres, the the highest vegetated sandhill in the world,. As the walk is on the way to camp, this walk is usually done on the way to camp on the first day. This is a physically demanding walk but the 360 degree views of the whole Island are inspiring. Students can view features they will visit during the camp, eg. The Cape and The Sandhills. The Port of Brisbane where the MICat departs from can be seen, and on a clear day Cunninghams Gap can be seen. Students who complete this walk sleep very well on their first night.


Views on the way up are inspiring. Looking north to Cape Moreton


Initially the walk is through scribbly gum forest, as we climb we come to heath land on the top of Tempest.



Snorkelling at The Wrecks ~ 3 hours

Bus to The Wrecks to snorkel

An optional extra costing $35 per student



Snorkeling

Snorkeling is at the Wrecks All equipment is provided. Full length wet suits provide provide flotation which means even non-swimmers can enjoy this activity. Gloves and the wet suits protect in case of contact wrecks. Schools that decide not to take the snorkeling option should not feel short changed as the Moreton Experience camp has plenty of opportunities for structured and unstructured activities that keep students busy.



Full length wet suits, mask, snorkel, flippers and gloves are all provided. Non swimmers are provided with boards. Guides swim with the students.


Snorkelers have plenty of up close encounters with fish that have become very tame.


Yes this hard coral and the brightly coloured fish associated with corals are everywhere at The Wrecks.


This activity is an optional extra and costs $35 per student.


Please note – For a 5 day camp there is enough time to schedule all of the above excursions. For shorter camps some tours have a shorter duration


Beach combing tour ~ every day something new to find on the beach

All bus excursions from camp start with a bus trip along the Ocean beach with opportunities to stop and investigate whats washed in overnight. As Moreton projects out into Ocean lots of interesting animals and debris wash ashore.



A deep sea ribbon fish


A ray


A turtle


A salp

These pelagic tunicates belong to the chordate phylum, the same as vertebrates. The salp moves by contracting its main body walls and pumping out water. Salps can occur individually or in strings. Some species form huge mats or large hollow bodies many meters long which almost replicate their individual body shape. Salps feed on plankton. They reproduce by budding off clones as a direct response to plankton blooms. Often after plankton blooms fade salps wash up on beaches. Text paraphrased from Dave Banks, Page 57 New Scientist 24/2/2007


Humback whale calf


A tiger moth drops in on the beach at the Wrecks – engine problems