Moreton Bay Fact Files
This page is part of an ongoing new OAA initiative to locate sources and information about Moreton Bay. Thankyou to the many knowledgable contributors already. The page is being updated as time and new insights allow – so enjoy your visit and come back soon !
About Moreton Bay
Seen from Space, Moreton Bay shines like a jewel adorning the most easterly part of Australia, reflecting many shades of blue, a natural marine wonderland. Bounded by three main islands protecting it from the Pacific Ocean, Moreton Bay is as a tidal lagoon with clear, calm and shallow waters dotted with many, many islands. Aboriginal Australians of the ‘Land Sea Country’ call it “Quandamooka” and evidence of their occupation goes back perhaps 25 000 years.
Extending from the fore-shores of Brisbane, Moreton Bay is internationally recognized for biodiversity and ecological significance. It encompasses unique subtropical reefs and a Ramsar wetland. It is a transitional area where tropical, sub‐tropical and temperate marine species co‐exist, resulting in distinctive habitat and wildlife communities. Moreton Bay is considered one of the most significant marine habitats on the entire east coast of Australia. The hinterland features areas of World Heritage sub-tropical rainforests.
South-east Queensland’s rapidly expanding population – amidst this ‘bio-diversity hot-spot’ – places increasing pressure on Moreton Bay through more pollution, more boat traffic and more coastal development.
Moreton Bay Regional Council (to the north of Brisbane) have a great fact-sheet that lists ‘priority species’, both terrestrial and aquatic, which serves as a good introduction to SEQLD bio-diversity in general:
Wild Guide to Moreton Bay
This comprehensive guide highlights over 1500 species of animals and plants found in Moreton Bay and its surrounding coastal fringe. This edition, now in two volumes with a slipcase, celebrates the diverse marine life and the amazing natural environments of Moreton Bay and southern Queensland.
This new edition of the Queensland Museum’s best-selling, popular guide celebrates the fascinating marine life and outstanding natural environments of Moreton Bay and southern Queensland. Now published in two volumes, the Wild Guide to Moreton Bay and Adjacent Coasts highlights more than 1700 species of animals and plants in easy-to-read accounts and stunning full colour photographs.
Moreton Bay Marine Park
On Brisbane’s doorstep, the wide expanse of Moreton Bay, offshore reefs, its numerous islands, internationally significant wetlands, seagrass meadows and sandy beaches make this park a haven for wildlife and people.
Moreton Bay Marine Park protects a range of marine and coastal environments including rocky shores, internationally significant wetlands, coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass meadows and sandy beaches. These habitats provide important seasonal resources for migratory wading birds, humpback whales and marine turtles. Permanent resident species include dolphins, dugong, shorebirds, grey nurse sharks and various fish species.
The Moreton Bay Marine Park was established in 1993 and re‐zoned in 2009, expanding coverage of no‐take zones to 16%. The Park is again due for review in the next few years. Both commercial and recreational fishing activities are notable considerations.
Very detailed maps of different parts of the bay are in the Marine Park User Guide here: