Cameras and not harpoons
A whale watching cruise is another attraction.
TANGALOOMA at Moreton Island is a sand mass of 185 square kilometres and forms the northeastern gateway to Moreton Bay, with over 97 per cent of it classified as a national park. The island is much the same way as it was when James Cook sailed by on his way home from his voyage of discovery in 1770.
The island's original inhabitants were the Ngugi Aboriginal tribe, once described as the "happiest, healthiest and most self sufficient race on the face of the earth". Tangalooma was also Queensland's only shore based whaling station and quotas were set at around 600 humpback whales per year. Only 35 years ago, tourists used to visit Tangalooma to watch whales being killed and processed at the whaling station. Now Tangalooma is an eco-tourism project, which encourages visitors to enjoy and appreciate these wonderful animals without harming them. Today it is cameras that are pointed.
Getting there and facilities: To begin your day in paradise, climb aboard the catamaran, Tangalooma Flyer and enjoy a relaxing cruise from Brisbane through Moreton Bay and on to the island. As the launch approaches, just 75 minutes later, clear turquoise waters and an endless stretch of white sandy beach greet you. From here the choice is yours swimming, snorkelling, fishing, sailing, bush walking, whale watching cruises from mid-June to October and sand tobogganing. During the morning, resident pelicans, cormorants and sea gulls are hand fed on the beach, while the dolphin activity takes place at dusk.
Comfortable accommodation is available, in case it is an overnight stay, but day trips are also rather popular.
Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort, Moreton Island QLD. Ph: 61 7 3408 2666 Ext 175.
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