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Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Moreton Island Highlights

As one of the most pristine natural environments in the world, Moreton Island is home to a vast array of unique plant and animal life. For many years, its unspoiled white beaches have attracted holiday-makers from every corner of the world.  And with so many things to see and do, it’s no wonder Moreton Island has been named in the top 10 greatest destinations in Australia.

If you and your family are considering a trip to Moreton Island , here are some must-see highlights:

Sand Dunes – Contrasted sharply against the soft island foliage are the impressive Moreton island sand dunes. As one of the largest sand islands in the world, these mighty sand dunes are an integral part of the island’s ecology. The dunes are a popular stop along the 4WD eco tour of the island and are the perfect spot to eat lunch. And, of course – a trip to the sand dunes isn’t complete without the customary round of sand tobogganing.

Moreton Island Lighthouse – Learn a bit about Queensland’s maritime history from the top of the oldest lighthouse in Australia. As an important part of South East Queensland’s history, the Moreton Island lighthouse is an interesting stop on a day tour of the island. Built on a rocky outcrop on a sand island, the structure is a great vantage point from which to spot humpback whales on their annual migration.  

Tangalooma wrecks – The Tangalooma wrecks are a popular snorkelling site for locals and tourists alike. Made from the rusty bones of old ship hulls, the Tangalooma wrecks are bursting with a sense of mystery and wonder just waiting to be explored.  You can hire snorkelling gear from Tangalooma Island Resort staff or you can bring your own.

Dolphin feeding – Every evening, as the sun begins to set, a small pod of bottle nose dolphins make their way to the coast of Moreton Island to congregate at the Tangalooma Jetty.  For over a decade, this spot has been famous for its magical nightly migration. Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the shores of Moreton Island for the rare opportunity to hand feed these majestic marine mammals.

Tangalooma Island Resort – After a fun filled day of activities, it’s nice to sit back and relax in the comfort of your very own beach bungalow. Tangalooma Island Resort is Moreton Island’s premier holiday accommodation, catering for guests from all around the world. There are a number of rooms to choose from and a wide range of luxury services to make your stay on Moreton Island an unforgettable one.

For more information about the activities on offer at Moreton Island, contact the friendly staff at Tangalooma Island Resort today.

Posted by Alex
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Tours to do on Moreton Island

Moreton Island is famous for being one of the largest sand islands in the world, and is located 40 kilometres from Brisbane. It has a fragile and complex ecology of flora and fauna that have adapted well to the poor nutrient content of the island’s sandy soil. The constantly changing shape of the island has outlined Moreton Bay’s eastern boundary, along with the South Stradbroke and North Stradbroke islands, hence forming a large, shallow, yet biologically diverse water expanse.

More than 170000 visitors arrive annually for Moreton Island tours and holidays. Moreton Island is one of the top choices for tourists as it boasts an enormous national park and a few rocky headlands, making it an outstanding destination for nature lovers. Various extreme activities can be experienced here, including eco tours that traverse rough sand tracks and pass through the eucalyptus jungle into the desert. The history of the island as well as its plants and animals can be learnt along the way.

The awesome experience of sand surfing, which is available in only a few other places around the world, is one of the more famous activities you can find on Moreton Island day tours. On Moreton Island’s large sand dunes, surfers can achieve speeds of up to 50 kph.

Another interesting feature of Moreton Island tours is dolphins. Apart from soaking up the sun on the island all day, tourists will have the opportunity to take part in the fantastic experience of feeding wild dolphins, which takes place at sunset. Visitors can look forward to seeing 5-8 wild bottlenose dolphins swimming around Tangalooma to accept fish from volunteer feeders. Guided by Dolphin Care team members, the dolphins are fed 10-20% of their daily-required food intake to ensure they don’t become lazy about hunting their own food or too reliant on human aid.

Factors such as low pollution and minimal disturbance of the coastal environment have led to Moreton Island becoming home to a variety of marine species. Tangalooma Wrecks is a haven for fish and a heavenly sight for snorkelers and scuba divers. With gear and equipment included in packages available with Moreton Island tours, snorkelers can look forward to beautiful coral formations, reef fish, and marine life, while divers will spot a variety of interesting and unique invertebrates like sponges, urchins, coral growth, and brightly coloured nudi branches.

Moreton Island is highly recommended for nature lovers. More importantly, the breathtaking and magnificent scenery on the island helps to bring inner peace, thus making it suitable for those who want to destress and escape from busy metropolitan life.

Posted by Alex
 


 
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