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Moreton Island

Moreton Island

South East Queenslands MOST POPULAR Eco School Camp Destination. Experience the very BEST of Moreton Island School Camping with Trailblazer Tours and Moreton Island Adventures. Enjoy Camping or Dormitory stay, or a combination of both - we can do it all



  • Why
  • Funducation Activities
  • Dorm or Tents
  • Packages
  • Important Information
  • Getting There

Moreton Island Education Tours and School Camps

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 Trailblazer Tours offers the most comprehensive educational package tours to Moreton Island. These packages include -
  •  A choice of Dormitory Accommodation or Tent Camping (or both) to suit your school or college
  • A large 4WD Bus fleet to cater for Schools and Colleges of all sizes (from 15 to 150) NO SHUTTLING
  • Full "Ready To Go" education programs to suit a variety of subjects and ages
  • Staff fully accredited for working with children and trained in all aspects of tour guiding and safety
  • Comprehensive Public Liability Insurance to cover any eventuality
  • Ability to cater to groups and individuals with special dietary needs
  • High level of experience with catering for educational groups with special needs

Experience Moreton Island With Funducation

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Moreton Island is Brisbane's undisputed ECO Adventure Playground. There is so much to do and see on Moreton Island,  it's not hard to see why Schools and Colleges come from all over Australia to this unique fun filled adventure classroom.

 

Our mission is to make your visit to Moreton Island more than just a beautiful place to go, but an "experience to remember." In education, remembering what you have learnt is everything. 

 
Why Moreton Island?

Moreton Island offers the MOST UNIQUE learning experience for subjects such as Geography, History, Biology, Marine & Aquatic Studies, Indiginous Culture and applied sciences. Trailblazer Tours is proud to be able to offer some of the most unique experiences in Australia to enable your students to get the very most our of their School Camp Experience, including -

  • Transparent Kayaking over coral and fish, seeing everything you float over (Amazing Experience)
  • Snorkelling around the Tangalooma Shipwrecks OR enjoy snorkelling school (for the younger ones)
  • Sand Boarding down huge Sand Hills
  • 4WDing through forests and along Beaches in our giant 4WD buses
  • See and study Marine Life and History at Cape Moreton Lighthouse
  • Learn to "CAMP" in Tent camping AND MUCH MORE

And let's not forget the FUN factor. We have understood from the start that the most effective way to teach is for the students to enjoy the learning experience. Moreton Island is filled with awe and wonder which in itself is FUN. Trailblazer Tours suppliment that Awe and Wonder with INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCES. Snorkelling the Tangalooma Wrecks naturally raises many questions such as "WHY is there so much marine life around the wrecks," leading to discussions all about eco systems and the environment. These naturally occurring questions are answered as we tour the Island on our Fun Facts Mission. Environmental Sciences, Biology, Marine Studies, History and Applied Sciences benefit greatly from seeing the dramatic environmental changes that occur on Moreton Island from season to season. Moreton Island is attracting school groups from all over the Australia to study its unique biodiversity (and have some fun while they are there). For South East Queensland Schools, this wonderful phenomenon of Nature is right at your doorstep - and we can get you there. 

 

WHAT TO SEE AND DO ON MORETON ISLAND

The following is a list of attrations and points of study on a Trailblazer Tour of Discovery on Moreton Island. Not all camps on Moreton Island can cover every attration and study point listed below. This is dependant upon the amount of time you intend to stay on Moreton Island and the ciriculum points you wish to cover. For example, some school study camps spend more time studying environmental impacts in camp grounds, while other schools will contrate upon marine studies in rock pools and snorkelling. A  5-Day camp will usually experience ALL the below attractions, while a 2-Day will only cover a few of the main attractions or study areas.   

 

Activities

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Snorkeling is the most well known activity to enjoy and learn on Moreton Island. The Tangalooma Ship Wrecks are a Brisbane Icon and snorkeling the Tangalooma Wrecks is a MUST. 

The Tangalooma Wrecks are a group of 14 ships that have been placed in a line parelel to the beach to help form a safe anchorage for boats in the event of strong westerly winds. This in turn has created an amazing ecosystem of fish and coral - all concentrated on mass into a very small area. The result is a colour explosion of marine life growing and swimming within the shipwrecks, giving 

 
 
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oportunity for students to explore this marine paradise. All snorkeling and safety equpment is supplied to ensure the best experience possible. Students are supplied with wetsuits and gloves to ensure they are kept safe from coral and barnicles. Our Snorkeling tours are fully guided and supervised with trained instructors equiped with life rings. For students who do not feel confident in the water, safety flotation vests are offered to garuntee safety, and for those who find it difficult put their face in the water, we even have "See Thru" Body Boards that allows the user to float on top of the body board, and look though a porthole into the world below. At Trailblazer Tours, we have it ALL covered.

 

Sand Boarding (Sand Tobbogganing)

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This is another "Unique" Moreton Island Activity. We take our big 4WD bus up into "THE DESERT" where the sand dunes are high, and the sand is "FAST and FURIOUS." Laying on special boards, students get to experience one of Moreton Islands Greatest Traditions of sliding down the giant sand dune at speeds of up to 70km/h. This is a fully supervised and directed activity by our fully trained tour guides. The thrill of sand tobboganing is a real favourite for students, and offers exercise like no other (Ideal for wearing students out so the teacher can get some sleep at night). 




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Transparent Kayaking - DAY

A BRAND NEW INOVATION for Moreton Island and Queensland, Transparent Kayaking is a masive hit. Hugely popular for students and Teachers, this activity gives a new perspective on the underrwater world below. See fish, Coral, Turtles and the Local Pod of inquisitive Dolphins as you take a guided paddel around the Tangalooma Wrecks. Everything in the Kayak is transparent, even the seats. Fish Feeding in the Transparent Kayaks IS AMAZING, as millions of fish come out to the wrecks in a feeding frenzie. Our Transparent Kayaking offers a fantastic alternative to snorkeling for those who do not want to get wet. 

 

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Transparent Kayaking - NIGHT

Trailblazer Tours is proud to offer one of the greatest ECO inovations for school camp activities EVER, Night Time Tansparent Kayaking. Each Transparent Kayak is fitted with 2 long strings of super bright LED lights under the boat, lighting up the coral and fish like a Television Screen. This is one of the most unique experiences in Eco Tourism, as fish are attracted to the lights in thier millions. This is a fully guided activity, as our tour guides direct students and teachers over the best parts of the Tangalooma Wrecks to seeUNDERWATER AT NIGHT... 

Experience the thrill of seeing millions of liitle bait fish jumping all around your kayak, and even INTO YOUR BOAT. See the rare sight of squid in the wild, as hundreds are attracted tothe bright lights of your Kayak (seasonal). Night Time Kayaking Video

Discover another world - ONLY with Trailblazer Tours.

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EDUCATIONAL TOURS ISLAND DISCOVERY TOUR

Explore some of the most popular attractions on Moreton Island in our exciting 4WD buses. This tour includes a 4WD trek to North Point, Honeymoon Bay, Cape Moreton Lighthouse and the Visitor Information centre where students learn all about life at the first lighthouse built in Queensland.  The view from Cape Moreton is spectacular and students have the opportunity to spot dolphins, turtles, manta rays and Whales during Whale Season.  We finish this all off with a refreshing dip in Blue Lagoon while learning why the lagoon is no longer blue, and why our skin comes out feeling so soft after our swim! See the key attractions of Moreton Island, this is the most popular of our tours.

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ISLAND HISTORY TOUR

With a focus on local history, this tour transports students to a time where horses were the only form of transport and deliveries came every 3 months.  Students learn about the island’s first inhabitants – the Ngugi Aboriginal tribe and how they survived on the island for over 2000 years. We visit bunker remnants from World War 2 and students have a chance to imagine what life may have been like at the time, living on Moreton Island as a soldier.  We visit Queensland’s first lighthouse and learn how it was built by 25 civil prisoners using bullock teams and hard work. Students also have a chance to walk through the interesting Cape Moreton Information Centre and read all about early life on Moreton Island.Tidal-Flats-Crabs

 

TIDAL FLATS TOUR

Visit a rarely trafficked part of the island – The Tidal Flats.  A diverse eco-system filled with mangroves, wetlands, and sand dunes where students can spot wildlife and look for the soldier crabs that love this area.  Students are asked to build dams in the tidal pools to understand the forces of erosion that threaten the island – see who can build the strongest wall!  Teachers are invited to create their own biological studies to support this tour.

 

 

 

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LITTLE SAND HILLS TOUR

Be amazed at how many sand hills have been created in this area – and be assured that the “little” sand hills are anything but small!  Students will have a chance to walk to the western most sand hill and see if they can spot Brisbane. If time permits this is another chance to have a go at sand boarding if you didn’t get enough the first time!  This activity is easily combined with the History tour and is a fun way to finish of an educational day.

 

CLIMB MT TEMPEST TOUR

Usually done Early Morning to catch the Sunrise, enjoy the walk up the world's highest Coastal Sand Dune - Mt Tempest. Just under 300m in height, 
you can expect many steps. Seats are provided along the way and at the lookout where you can get a fantastic group photo. After your steep climb, you are rewarded with 360-degree views of the island, Moreton Bay Marine Park and, on a clear day, Brisbane City and the Glass House Mountains
 

TAILORED TOURS

Please call and let us know of any particular tour you would like us to perform in order to suit your curriculum
 

 

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Trailblazer Tours offers the ULTIMATE in School Camp Transport for Fraser Island. Our range of specially designed 4wd buses, Mini Coaches and FORWARD FACING 4WD vehicles, offer the perfect balance between Big Bus comfort, and small 4wd personalisation. Don't be caught out with small uncomfortable, cramped vehicles.

 

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VALUE FOR MONEY

Trailblazer Tours has long been recognised as having the BEST value tours to Moreton Island by schools all over Queensland. Trailblazer Tours offers far superior value for money compared to any other multi day School Camp to Moreton Island. Trailblazer Tours offers you Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, AWESOME 4WD go anywhere vehicles, the most sought after locations on Moreton Island, the BEST tour Guides from Gold Coast and Brisbane, and all at Budget prices. We pick-up within a 500km radius of Brisbane and airports for overseas and interstate schools.

BEST OF ALL - with Trailblazer Tours there is NO SHUTTLING. That's Right - Trailblazer Tours have a large fleet of 4WD buses with a "ONE SEAT PER PERSON" Policy, ensuring your students get the best value for money. Don't waste your school camp sitting on the beach waiting for a bus or being crammed in the back of a Troop carrier - be where you want to be HAVING FUN.

 

Backed and owned by one of Queensland’s Largest and most trusted Eco Adventure Tour Companies -Australian Sunset Safaris, your school camp is in safe hands with Trailblazer Tours.

ACCOMMODATION & CATERING OPTIONS

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Trailblazer Tours offer THREE camp accommodation options on Moreton Island for Schools.

 

Dormitory Accommodation

Our best and most popular option is in CASAWAYS RESORT - a dedicated school camps resort in the town of Bulwer on Moreton Island. Catering for up to 110 students and teachers, (or up to 200 Students and teachers in conjunction with other accommodation close by), Castaways Resort offers all the comforts of home only meters from the western beach of Moreton Island. Offering Dormitory style rooms for students, and private residence rooms for teachers, all our rooms are clean tidy and functional - perfect for a beach get away. 


Teacher AccommodationCastaways Resort is equiped with Hot Showers, flushing toilets, undercover common area, and undercover eating area. Catering is a breeze at Castaways Resort, with catereing included in all Trailblazer Tours pricing. Excellent food is the order of the day with Trailblazer Tours thanks to the dedicated catering 

staff and the Castaways commercial kitchen. We are proud to offer a healthy balanced diet on all our camps. The town shop is also attched to Castaways Resort, making it convienient for an ice cream on a hot sunny day.

 

 

 

 

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TENT CAMPING OPTION

Trailblazer Tours offers a full camping option in tents for that true camping experience. Perfect for Biology camps, leadership camps, Adventure Camps, or camps on a budget. Also available for “Combo Camps” where schools choose to do both Dormitory and Camping in the one camp. Designed to take the students out of their comfort zone, our camping option offers the student a heightened learning experience, as they connect with nature and with each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our camping option offers a full catered professional camp kitchen, with everything-including the Kitchen Sink, hot running water, cold storage, full lighting and all the necessities to ensure your camp is memorable for all the RIGHT reasons. . The quality of food in the camp kitchen is second to none, with hearty camp meals being served by tour guides who love good food as much as the school students and teachers - and plenty of it.

Schools also enjoy undercover shelters from sun and rain with tables, chairs and night time lighting. We use Moreton Islands best Camp ground at North point, with beautiful grassy camp areas, new toilets and loads of fresh drinking water. Our camp also includes “HOT” camp showers in special “Shower Tents,” fitted with change rooms for privacy and comfort.

All camp equipment is supplied including high quality tents and camp mattresses. Schools are required to bring their own linen and/or sleeping bags, however this can be supplied upon request (cost extra). Students are also taught how to pitch their tents, fostering teamwork and leadership skills.

CAMP PACKAGES

Trailblazer Tours offer a large variety of packages to your school camp. Set packages are available, and are fully customisable to suit your needs. Our packages can include a combination of the following choices –

  • Camps from 2 day to 7 days in duration
  • Dormitory Accommodation
  • Tent Camping Accommodation
  • A combination of Dorm and Tent accommodation
  • A wide variety of activity choices available (included in your package price)
  • Extra activities can be ADDED to your preferred package at additional cost
  • All packages can be tailored to suit curriculum (eg: all water based activities for a “Marine Studies Camp)
  • Additional Night Time Illuminated Kayaking can be added to your school package at extra cost – the most amazing experience EVER

To obtain one of our Moreton Island School Camp Quote Forms, please contact Trailblazer Tours on 1300553606 and talk with one our friendly staff. Our School Camp Quote Form has all the packages available for you to choose from, with prices and inclusions all in black and white – and no nasty surprises.

FREE Pick-up and Return is available for schools within 100km radius of Brisbane, and DISCOUNTED transfers are available for schools up to 600km from Brisbane. We want to make your life easy, and your camp THE BEST…

 

INTERSTATE SCHOOLS

Special Interstate School packages are available to Moreton Island which includes options to stay overnight in Brisbane before and/or after the Island. You can also, visit Theme Parks, Queensland Museum, Parliament House and much more. Please see our Moreton Island Interstate Schools Page HERE 

PAYMENTS, CANCELLATIONS &T&C’S

  1. QUOTES
    please note that a quote does not automatically reserve your preferred dates, and is only valid for 14 days from issue date. Should we not receive confirmation of quote by the end of the 14-day validity period; a new quote may need to be issued.
  2. DATE SECURITY DEPOSIT
    once you have confirmed your quote, we will issue you with a tax invoice and confirmation documents. Unless otherwise stated, all bookings must be secured with a 30% or $1000 deposit payment (whichever is greater), within 14 days after confirmation. Failure to provide the date security deposit by the due date will result in the forfeit of the camp dates requested. Please note that this deposit amount will be deducted from the total invoice.
  3. Payments can be made via direct deposit, cheque or credit card. Please note that all credit card payments will incur a 1.5% surcharge fee.
  4. BALANCE PAYMENT
    a final balance invoice will be issued 14 days prior to camp upon receipt of final numbers.  If final numbers are not advised by this date, the last number update will be used.
  5. OTHER PAYMENTS
    a new tax invoice will be issued for any additional payments incurred after the above final payment has been made. Any new additional payments will be due immediately, unless otherwise stated. Any credit amounts / refunds payable will be issued after the camp travel dates, unless the camp is cancelled prior to travel dates.

 

CHANGES AND REQUESTS – unless otherwise stated:

 

  1. All details pertaining to final numbers, dietary requirements, special requests and medical information must be received no later than 14 days prior to travel.
    1. Any decrease in numbers 14 days or less prior to the confirmed date of travel will not be eligible for a refund or a credit. (This is due to certain costs outlaid.)
    2. Any increase in numbers inside 14 days prior to the confirmed date of travel will be accepted and charged additionally. (Subject to space availability.)

 

CAMP CANCELLATIONS – unless otherwise stated

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  1. If advised at least three (3) months prior to the confirmed date of travel, the paid deposit amount may be kept as a credit for use for a future camp booking.
  2. If advised at least two (2) months prior to the confirmed date of travel, the paid deposit amount will be forfeited in-full.
  3. Cancellation notice provided 14 days to one (1) month prior to the confirmed date of travel will result in the forfeit of the paid deposit amount in-full, and will also incur a 25% administration fee.
  4. Any camp cancellations received 14 days or less prior to the confirmed date of travel will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
  5. Any cancellations made up to one (1) month prior to the confirmed date of travel where no final payment has been made, will incur a 40% administration fee as well as forfeit the deposit amount paid.
  6. Vehicle bookings will be subject to the terms and conditions of vehicle carriage on MICAT as stated on the www.moretonislandadventures.com.au website.
  7. Any vehicle permits purchased cannot be refunded or credited.
  8. All credit amounts have a validity of 12 months, after which time if the credit amount has not been redeemed it will be forfeited.
  9. All administration fees will be calculated on the total camp amount due.

Note:  Trailblazer Tours reserves the right to send home any student who is deemed to be behaving inappropriately. No refunds are applicable in this instance.

 

 

ACTIVITY AND OTHER IMPORTANT T&C’s

  1. Trailblazer Tours reserves the right to cancel, delay and / or reschedule activities or services due to unsuitable weather. (Please note that the entire camp itinerary is dependent on activities chosen, tide times and the size of the group.)
  2. Swimming, Guided Snorkelling, Kayaking and Sand Boarding, is provided by Trailblazer Tours & Sunset Safaris.  A requirement of our insurance company is that all students /parents have completed their indemnity form before being allowed to snorkel, swim kayak or sand board.  These forms must be handed to the Tour Guide at the start of the camp.
  3. All schools are responsible for completing the provided medical and special dietary forms on behalf of their students. This must be faxed or emailed to our office at least 14 days prior to travel.
  4. School representatives are at all times responsible for the behaviour of students in their care.
  5. It is the responsibility of the school representative to dispense any medication to students with the permission of parents / guardians. Trailblazer Tours will under no circumstances dispense or administer any medication.
  6. A duty of care is owed to students in the school environment and while on excursions. The Education Department's duty of care owed to students for the duration of an excursion cannot be delegated from the school to parents, caregivers, volunteers or employees of external organisations.
  7. To ensure the health and safety of students and staff, schools are required to proactively manage all aspects of a variation to school routine. The school's duty of care to students extends to school excursions and camps, which are integral to students' educational programs. Activities conducted away from schools may increase risks and therefore the standard of care required must reflect the increase in identified risks.
  8. Moreton Island Ferries Pty Ltd (trading as Moreton Island Adventures) reserves the right to cancel and refund monies at any stage if services become unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances inclusive of part or whole sale of the business entity, closure of the accommodation facility or high impact weather events. 

A note on QPWS (National Park) Fee Changes in 2015

For educational groups travelling on a fully facilitated camp with Trailblazer Toursor sub-contractors there is no longer a need to complete forms for exemption of national park usage fees.  Schools & educational groups will now be automatically exempt from these fees.  Where the aforementioned group is taking a vehicle, they will be eligible for fee exempt vehicle permits and should contact camping support (camping.support@nprsr.qld.gov.au) to obtain their relevant permits.  This is the responsibility of the group taking the vehicle.

 

Trailblazer Tours Proudly offers a FREE Pick-up and Drop off Service for all schools within a 100km Radius of Brisbane (conditions apply). We also offer heavily discounted pick-up and drop-off rates for schools up to 500km radius from Brisbane. We want to make the experience on Moreton Island as stress free and easy as possible for Teachers and Coordinators. For schools outside of our 100km radius, we offer a customized “cost price” quote to pick-up from your school so that we can ensure you get the BESTvalue possible for your students. We promise to offer the perfect balance between affordability and excellent service.

 

Our water transport to the Island is by the famous MiCat Vehicular and Passenger Ferry. Enjoy a beautiful 90 minute cruise from the port of Brisbane across Moreton Bay seeing Dolphins, Turtles and shipwrecks. Our large ferry is smooth and guaranteed not cause motion sickness.

On board we have all the luxuries of home with café and lots of seating and dining tables to make our journey to the Island a pleasant and relaxing time.The MiCat is the perfect place for some schools to have breakfast or morning tea on the first day if desired, and can be pre-booked with the café to suit your school, or even bring your own.

 

Moreton Island Adventures is the home of the MiCat Terminal.
14 Howard Smith Drive, Port of Brisbane.

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14 Howard Smith Dr, Port Of Brisbane QLD 4178


Accommodation

Sunset Safaris provides the very best possible Accommodation to suit your budget while on Moreton Island.

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