Hand Feed Dolphins ... Try Sand Tobogganning ...............and much more!
SUNSET AT TANGALOOMA
Tangalooma on Moreton Island is located within Moreton Bay Marine Park....... only 75 minutes from Brisbane. Fraser Island and Stradbroke Island on either side are the only two sand islands in the world larger. Once you land at the wharf fronting the Tangalooma Resort .......you could be anywhere........it is hard to believe you are so close to the city.
The boat departs from Pinkenba, or you can take one of several tours either as a day trip or longer.
Barges transport 4WD’s to the beach.
We had no trouble filling a week relaxing on the beach........ swimming in the crystal clear water or in the Resort pools, feeding the dolphins, enjoying the many water activities, and taking the island tour to the Cape Morton Lighthouse........the oldest working lighthouse in Queensland with stunning views!
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About Moreton Island
Moreton Island is a popular destination for those with four wheel drives. It was almost eerie the first time the barge arrived, pulling into the beach beside the shipwrecks.Watching a string of 4WD’s disembark onto the beach, before disappearing off into the centre of the island.
With a 40 kilometre ocean beach there is plenty of stunning beach to explore. Honeymoon Bay is a popular spot for tourists.
Kooringal is the main town with about 150 residents. Bulwer and CowanCowan are the other two smaller settlements.
Popular with campers........ both locals and tourists........ there are camping tours to Moreton Island allowing those without suitable transportation to enjoy this unique and very beautiful island in a more “back to nature ” manner than the Resort.4WD is the only vehicle suitable for the sandy terrain.
Most visitors will choose to stay at Tangalooma Resort which has many activities, and with self contained units, BBQ’s and a store....... is excellent for families.
With two swimming pools, golf, tennis, use of canoes and kayaks, and archery......... along with organised activities for teens and children.......this is a great family holiday destination.
Built on the site of a what was the largest whaling station in the Southern Hemisphere between 1952 – 1962 , the flensing station building is on the Resort and you can watch fascinating films on the station when it was working. It certainly was responsible for decimating the humpback whale population.
Tangalooma Resort Activities
Some of the activities available at the resort include
Hand feeding the dolphins
Whale watching and dugong sighting cruises
Sand boarding or tobogganing
quad bike riding on the steep sand dunes
Diving around the ship wrecks
Canoeing or kayaking
Day Tours around the island
Fishing – the island is considered a fisherman’s paradise!
Sand Tobogganing or Sand boarding is one of the most popular activities for those fit enough to get themselves up the top of the sand dunes. From here you get a long, clear, exhilarating ride to the bottom. There are tours from the Resort, or day trips from Brisbane.Watch the YouTube Video for a view of the action!
Handfeed the Dolphins
Moreton Island is a magical place for wildlife. Hand feeding the bottle-nosed dolphins that come in daily at dusk, is a must on everyone’s list. It is well controlled so the dolphins remain wild, but they do know when to come for an easy meal!
NOTE If you want to feed the dolphins you need to stay overnight at the resort, as only guests can feed them.
The pelicans or pellies as Australians like to call them...... glide majestically across the waves close to shore. Turtles nest on the beaches between November and February.
Thousands of migrating birds from the Arctic tundra and Siberia make it home between September and April. Dolphins, dugongs and humpback whales (June to October) can also be sighted.
The beach by Tangalooma Resort is the most accessible.There are several shipwrecks just off the beach making for excellent snorkelling and scuba diving in pristine waters.
Cape Morton Lighthouse Tour
The half day tour to Cape Morton lighthouse was fascinating. Driving along the beach, past the sand dunes........ and over rough roads we stopped in a lovely little bay for morning tea Australian style.
Dampa......a flour and water dough usually cooked on a stick over a camp fire.......this was fresh from the resort ovens...delicious with butter and jam, and a drink. After a look around we carried on round the island. This is a very worthwhile trip.
You eventually reach the lighthouse, high on a rocky outcrop. There is a small museum nearby. The views are magnificent from this high rocky point.
Tangalooma Resort Restaurants
You have the choice of five beachside restaurants .
Tursiops Buffet Restaurant
Steakhouse Restaurant – self explanatory
Chef’sRestaurant with an a la carte menu
Beach Cafe for family meals the children will enjoy
the Coffee Shop
With three bars
Wrecks Bar – in the Tursiops’s Bar
All located near the restaurants for a pre-dinner drink.
BRISBANE and the GOLD COAST INSIGHT POCKET GUIDE
There are several options for Tangalooma Accommodation on Moreton Island. While Tangalooma Resort is probably the main place with self contained apartments and all that a resort has to offer, you can also look at
Moreton Sunset House
Moreton Panorama House
Bayview Tower House
Camping: There are organised camping tours for one to three days to the island.