Mount Tempest is the highest sand dune on the island (also the world), 280m in elevation. Expect many steps. Seats are provided along the way and at the lookout. After a steep climb, be rewarded with 360-degree views of the island, Moreton Bay Marine Park and, on a clear day, the Glass House Mountains to the north, Scenic Rim to the south west. Best done in the cooler part of the day or in winter. Take plenty of water.
There are some interesting habitats to be found on this walk through several vegetation types including heathland and eucalypt woodland. Look out for the perched swamp found on top of the dune ridge. There are also relics of the old telegraph line. In spring, the track is lined with heathland flowers. This long track is best walked in winter and spring, or in the early morning during summer. At the end, turn right on to the road.
Caution required. Good clearance to the sides for passing vehicles. Some good views along this section of the road. Look for track to Blue lagoon to the left. Track is marked by concrete cone at entrance.
Exposed section. Harsh environment with some stunning flora. Fairly straight track.
Blue Lagoon is a window lake, created where the watertable is exposed at the land surface. Turn right at the lake edge and work your way along the shore to the sandblow in the distance. Reward yourself with a swim in the lake.
Walk out over the sandblow and take the walking track that branches to the left. Continue along this track to the roadway at Blue Lagoon campsite where your camp for the night awaits you.