Tangalooma Island Resort is located on Moreton Island, approximately 40 kilometres off the coast of Brisbane.
The Moreton Island National Park covers around 98% of the island. White sandy beaches line the island's ocean side which are ideal for swimming, surfing and fishing. The sheltered western edge is more relaxed, with crystal clear blue water gently lapping against the beach. The three island settlements are all located on the western side, at Kooringal in the south, Cowan in the middle and northern Bulwer.
The traditional owners of the Moreton Bay region were the Ngugi people. The Aboriginal name for Tangalooma means 'where fishes meet'. Moreton Island is called ‘Moorgumpin’ meaning ‘place of sandhills’. Captain James Cook named ‘Morton Bay’ in 1770 after the Scottish Earl of Morton, which was later misspelled as ‘Moreton Bay’ in translations from his journals.
During the 1950s, Tangalooma was the site for one of the largest whaling stations in the southern hemisphere. Today during the annual whale migration season from June to October, you can experience these gentle giants up close from purpose-built luxury catamaran. The Moreton Island Lighthouse is also a great viewpoint. To learn about the island’s history, visit the Moreton Island National Park Information Centre which is located near the lighthouse in one of the old light-keeper's cottages.
The star attraction at Tangalooma is the opportunity to hand-feed the wild bottlenose dolphins that visit the beach each evening. The Tangalooma Island Resort has a licensed feeding program and is the only place in the bay where dolphin feeding is allowed. Learn all about these lovable animals from the marine biologists at the Dolphin Education Centre.
As the third largest sand island in the world, Moreton Island consists entirely of sand. It is home to the highest coastal sand dune in the world, Mount Tempest. Join a 4WD safari into the desert and take a thrilling toboggan or quad bike ride down the sand dunes.
The Tangalooma Wrecks are an amazing man-made wreck dive and snorkel site. The wrecks are not far off the beach so it is possible to swim out to them. They are also a great spot to watch the spectacular sunsets back across Moreton Bay, the mainland mountain ranges and Glass House Mountains.
Moreton Island has many walking and hiking trails ranging from short easy strolls to half-day hikes. Walking is one of the best ways to appreciate the island's environmental features and discover some of the various wildlife habitats.
The Moreton Bay Marine Park stretches for 125 kilometres along the coastline from the Gold Coast to Caloundra. The park is internationally listed as a RAMSAR wetland and provides a vitally important site for migratory birds. More than 180 different bird species have been recorded on Moreton Island. Join a wildlife eco cruise and you may also see wild dugongs and turtles.
Tangalooma is around one hour from Brisbane. You can visit on a day cruise, take a car on the daily ferry, or arrive in style by helicopter.