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Island home to a good time

Dolphin feeding attracts guests from all over the world to the island.
Dolphin feeding attracts guests from all over the world to the island. Contributed

AS the express catamaran pulls into the dock at Tangalooma, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were somewhere in South-East Asia.

Crystal blue water laps the beach as the palm trees sway, and for a moment you're a million miles away, not 24km east of Brisbane.

Disembarking from the boat, the dock is a hive of activity as the next group of visitors is welcomed to this island paradise that sits on our doorstep.

Island accommodation is varied, ranging from standard hotel rooms and resort units to villas or deluxe suites catering to most budgets with Tangalooma the only resort on the island.

After check-in, it's time to familiarise yourself with Tangalooma's resort facilities including Turisops Buffet Restaurant, Beach House Rotunda Restaurant, Beach Cafe as well as the Wrecks and Whalers bars.

Whether you're staying the night or just for the day, Tangalooma has something for everyone, offering a variety of activities to keep even the most seasoned traveller entertained.

The Desert Safari Tour is a must with the thrilling four-wheel-drive trip offering daytime adventurers a rare glimpse into the island's scenic desert region.

Once parked at the foot of the dunes, grab a toboggan and begin the ascent to the summit of Moreton's biggest dune before gazing out across the horizon to where the sand hills meet the sea.

The sandhill slides on Moreton Island.
The sandhill slides on Moreton Island.

But enough wonderment. It's time to fly, with the toboggan ride back down being one of the highlights of the day as you reach speeds of up to 50kmh.

The ATV quad bikes are next with the four-wheel free riders offering a sight-seeing, adrenaline-packed experience, taking the rider along the beach and through the bushland.

Prior riding experience is not required with professional guides on-hand to provide basic safety training.

This ensures novices can tackle the inner recreational tracks, too.

After a heart-stopping day, it's time to calm the nerves with the soothing night dolphin feeding.

This experience is unique, allowing the opportunity of a one-on-one encounter with one of the world's most beautiful animals.

Waist deep in water, fish in hand with boom lights overhead, try to contain yourself as you act out the experience of a lifetime.

The Whale Watch Cruise is the perfect way to finish the weekend with the high-speed catamaran delivering a comfortable, intimate wildlife experience, complemented by expert commentary.

Watch in amazement at these massive beasts come within metres of the boat, showing off their high-jump skills.

Tangalooma Island Resort has something for everyone with its perfect combination of leisure and wildlife making for an exceptional holiday experience.

 

ISLAND ADVENTURE

  • Tangalooma is on Moreton Island, 24km east of Brisbane
  • Take a 75-minute express catamaran ride from Pinkenba, Brisbane
  • The catamaran departs daily at 7.30am and 10am from Holt Street Wharf, Pinkenba
  • Accommodation includes hotel rooms, resort units, villas and deluxe suites
  • The resort was originally a whaling station that operated between 1952 and 1962
  • Activities available include Desert Safari, quad biking, whale watching, dolphin feeding and snorkelling
  • Phone 3203 4241 or visit seetangalooma.com.au

 

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