Moreton Island is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Australia (and the world), so it’s certainly worth a visit if you ever find yourself in the country. Still, it is an official national park, and there are rules campers need to follow.
If you’re planning on camping on the island, you may wonder what the campfire regulations are.
You can have a campfire on Moreton Island, as long as you do so in a designated fire-safe area. The campgrounds on the island have designated pits where you can have a campfire safely and securely. You can’t have a campfire outside of a campsite, and you must bring your own equipment.
The rest of this article will discuss having campfires on Moreton Island in greater detail. It will also discuss the safety of having a campfire and the things you’ll need to camp (and have a campfire) on the island.
Where Can You Have A Campfire On Moreton Island?
You can have a campfire on Moreton Island in any of the areas that are labelled as campfire-approved. These areas are dispersed throughout campgrounds across the island, so you won’t be allowed to have a campfire in any random part of Moreton Island.
Sites that allow campfires will be marked with a totem, and you’ll need to use the available fire pits. You have to use the pits—you can’t use your own devices to create a fire due to safety concerns.
If you arrive at a site with no pits available, you’ll need to wait until one becomes available.
Do You Need To Bring Your Own Firewood To Moreton Island?
You need to bring your own firewood to Moreton Island because it’s prohibited to use wood from the island. Luckily, there’s a store on the island where you can buy firewood. Alternatively, you can buy some wood before you get there. You may be fined if you’re caught using island property.
Even if you bring your own firewood, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to have a campfire. This is because fires are prohibited at certain times across the island. Plus, it can rain from time to time, making particularly it challenging to keep a fire blazing.
If you’re bringing wood and relying on it to cook your meals, you should be prepared to prepare food through other means in case of adverse weather conditions or fire bans. This could include bringing canned foods that don’t need to be cooked or portable cooking devices.
Is It Safe To Have A Campfire On Moreton Island?
It is safe to have a campfire on Moreton Island if you use a fire pit and don’t leave the fire unattended. If you need to leave a campfire alone, you should first put it out using water to decrease the risk of starting a wildfire. Then, you can relight it when you get back.
You should never leave a fire burning during the night. If you do this, it could spread to nearby tents. This practice is hazardous and not allowed anywhere on the island. Before going to sleep, always make sure you put out your fire.
Another essential point that you’ll likely hear from island workers or other campers is to avoid putting out a fire with sand. Sand has a low heat transfer coefficient, meaning it retains heat for a long time.
This is why the sand on a hot beach remains hot even when the sun goes down. It can take hours to cool down entirely, and the same goes for sand that you use around a fire.
You should also avoid leaving young children near a campfire, especially if you plan on leaving them unattended for any amount of time. If you need to leave your children alone, be sure to put out the fire (unless there are other adults around who can watch the fire while you’re gone).
Can You Have A Fire At Moreton North Point Campgrounds?
You can’t have a campfire at Moreton North Point campgrounds because it’s prohibited. If you want to have a campfire, you’ll need to go to a campsite designated for fires. Consider visiting Blue Lagoon campground, which has designated fire-safe sites.
If you’re unsure whether you can have a fire in a specific campground, you should ask an island worker for more information.
A smart thing to do is to ask about fires right when you arrive to have the most up-to-date information. Staff members will be happy to give you any information you need.
Things You Need To Camp On Moreton Island
You can’t just arrive on Moreton Island and camp as you please. There are rules in place and things that you’ll need if you want to move and camp freely around the area.
Here are the most important things you’ll need to visit and camp on Moreton Island:
- Camping permit. Before you arrive, you’ll need to get yourself a camping permit. You can’t do this on the island, so you must do it before getting there.
- Vehicle permit. You’ll also need a vehicle permit if you bring your car on the ferry.
- Food. You’ll need to bring food if you want to save some money and continue getting all the nutrients you need.
- Tent and other camping essentials. You should bring a tent and other essentials like a blow-up bed to camp.
- Portable stove. This one is important if you want hot meals or plan on fishing and then eating the fish later on. Although you can use a fire pit and your own wood to create a campfire and food, bringing a portable stove is a bright idea.
- Firewood (if you want to have campfires). As you now know, it’s good to bring wood to the island if you’re going to have campfires. Bringing your own will end up being cheaper than buying wood on the island.
It’s also good to book your campsite before your arrival. If you want to have campfires, choose a camping area with firepits. Some popular ones include Ben Ewa and Cowan point.
You can have a campfire on Moreton Island if you use an official firepit in an area where it’s allowed. Many campsites across the island allow fires, so you shouldn’t run into any issues.
To be safe, you should never leave fires unattended, and you should always make sure to put them out before going to sleep. If you plan on using a campfire for cooking, you may want to bring a portable cooking device as a backup.
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