Located halfway down the western side of Moreton Island, Tangalooma is a popular tourist resort sited at an old whaling station. If you’re visiting Moreton Island, there’s a very good chance you’ll end up staying at Tangalooma as it has the only formal accommodation option on the island. Read this article to find out which are the best activities to undertake in Tangalooma as well as accommodation and transport options to help you plan your trip to this holiday resort.



Best Tangalooma Activities You Should Undertake

  • Snorkel, dive or kayak the famous Tangalooma shipwrecks
  • Take part in a wild dolphin feeding session
  • Laze on the white sandy beach at Tangalooma
  • Take in the flaming sunset views over the water
  • Learn about marine life at the Marine Research & Education Centre



Tangalooma Wrecks


The Tangalooma Wrecks are man-made wrecks consisting of fifteen vessels that were sunk on the landward side of Moreton Island to form a breakwall for small boats. These Tangalooma Wrecks can be viewed on a snorkelling, diving or even a kayaking trip as they lie in shallow waters at a depth of 2 to 10 metres. The Tangalooma Wrecks attract an amazing amount of marine life, including wobbegongs, trevally, kingfish, yellowtail and lots of tropical fish.

You can hire snorkelling gear from Get Wet Sports, located at the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort, and immerse yourself amid the colourful coral and marine life of the Tangalooma Wrecks. If you prefer to view things from on top of the water, they also have kayaks.



Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding


The most popular activity at Tangalooma is the wild dolphin feeding session that takes place each evening around sundown. Usually about eight or nine dolphins swim in from the ocean and take fish from the hands of volunteer feeders. You have to be a guest of the Tangalooma Resort to participate, but non-guests are allowed to be onlookers.



Tangalooma Marine Research & Education Centre

Located at Tangalooma Resort, the Tangalooma Marine Research & Education Centre is a great place to learn about marine life in the area. There are displays on the amazingly diverse marine and bird life on Moreton Bay. The most interesting display is a board on the ‘Oddities of the Deep’.

The Marine Research & Education Centre is open daily from 10am to noon and from 1pm to 5pm.



Tangalooma Sunset Views

Tangalooma is one of the few places around Brisbane that faces west over the bay, giving wonderful water sunsets, with the Tangalooma Wrecks looking quite surreal in the foreground. For flaming sunset views over the water, head up to the top of Kangaroo Lodge which is within the Tangalooma Resort complex.



Best Tangalooma Accommodation Options

There are a couple of accommodation options at Tangalooma ranging from the most basic to the most upmarket. Choose one that matches your comfort level and budget.


Tangalooma Island Resort


The best Tangalooma Island resort is Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort. Fringed with grass leading onto the beach, and thatched umbrellas and swaying palm trees providing shade, this luxurious modern resort is the only formal setup on the island. There’s a plethora of options available, starting with pretty standard hotel-style rooms in Kookaburra Lodge. If you go for one of these, get a room near the top for the sensational views from your balcony. A step up are the units and suites – refurbished B and D blocks offer your best options here, where you’ll get beachside access and rooms kitted out in cool, contemporary décor with good facilities. Both include kitchens in an open-plan living style. The main difference is that suites sleep more people, with a separate double bedroom, so are better for families.

The resort also offers a number of eating options, including The Coffeeshop for sandwiches, wraps and pies; the Beach Café for something more substantial, or Tursiops Restaurant if you’ve worked up a healthy appetite – this buffet-style place has beef, chicken and seafood dishes.


Tangalooma Camping Grounds

There are nine national park camping grounds all with water, toilets and cold showers; of these, four are located on the beach.

For information and camping permits, contact the Naturally QLD office in Brisbane. Camping permits must be arranged before you get to the island.



How to get to Tangalooma?

Getting to Tangalooma is easy. The most convenient way to get from Brisbane to Tangalooma is by ferry.


Tangalooma Ferry Options

There are two ferry companies that operate from Brisbane to Tangalooma and back. Tangalooma Flyer is for pedestrians only, while Moreton Venture is a vehicle ferry.

The Tangalooma Flyer is a fast catamaran operated by the Tangalooma Resort. It makes the 1 ¼-hour trip to the resort on Moreton Island daily from a dock at Eagle Farm, at Holt Street off Kingsford Smith Drive. A bus to the Flyer departs the Roma Street Transit Centre at 9am. You can use the bus for a day trip (it returns at 9am and 4pm daily as well as at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday) or for camping drop-offs. Bookings are necessary.

The Moreton Venture is a vehicle ferry that runs from Howard-Smith Drive, Lyton, at the Port of Brisbane, to Tangalooma. It departs from the mainland at 8:30am daily, as well as at 6:30pm on Friday and 2:30pm on Sunday. It leaves the island at 3:30pm daily, as well as at 8pm on Friday, and 1pm and 4:30pm on Sunday.



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