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Friday, December 20, 2013
Make the most of summer with a trip to Tangalooma

The Christmas holidays have begun and many families are choosing to escape to an island resort in order to make the most of the great weather. With numerous islands and a sunny climate, many people choose Queensland as their holiday destination. Boasting aquamarine beaches, gorgeous hiking trails and dependable warm weather, Moreton Island is by far the leading choice among holiday-goers.

Moreton Island is situated off the coast of south east Queensland and is a beautiful place known for its stunning beaches, regular dolphin visitors and range of activities both on and off the golden shores. Based on the island, Tangalooma Island Resort has everything your family needs for a fun filled summer vacation.

Tangalooma is designed with your family in mind. Their accommodation options make it easy for both small and larger families to settle comfortably during their stay. Whether you need a luxury resort suite, or a self-sustaining holiday house, there is something for every family and every budget.

It is easy to keep the kids and the adults busy while at Moreton Island with Tangalooma’s wide array of tours and activities. One of the most popular activities for the whole family to enjoy is the Tangalooma Island Resort’s nightly dolphin feeding. You can book ahead to participate or arrange it within an accommodation package, giving you the chance to get up close and personal with beautiful Australian bottlenose dolphins.

Tangalooma is renowned for its family friendly atmosphere, but it's also good to indulge in some alone time. If you want some time away from the kids, perhaps to laze by the beach or get a spa treatment, Tangalooma Island Resort also has a kids club. Active Kidz Club gives your children a fun way to socialise and be healthy outdoors while you get the chance to have a bit of “me” time. It is open seven days a week and is available for children aged 5 and up.

So, if you’re looking for the perfect family getaway, who could resist heading to Moreton Island these Christmas holidays. For more information, call one of the friendly representatives from Tangalooma Island Resort on 1300 652 250 today.

Posted by Alex
Thursday, December 12, 2013
History of Tangalooma’s dolphin feeding program

Queensland’s spectacular Moreton Bay is home to a vast array of marine plant and animal life, including over 500 indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins.  Each evening, as the sun begins to set, a small pod of these dolphins makes their way to the coast of Moreton Island to congregate at the Tangalooma jetty.  For over a decade, Tangalooma Island Resort has been famous for this 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. But how did Tangalooma’s wild dolphin feeding program begin?

In 1986, resort owners Betty and Brian Osborne noticed that one particular dolphin female would frequent the island, hanging out beneath the Tangalooma jetty to feed on scraps thrown back by the fishermen. Brian and Betty nicknamed her ‘Beauty’ and she soon became popular with resort guests who would come from far and wide to watch the nightly ritual. Concerned about the quality of the fisherman’s rejected scraps of food, Betty and Brian soon decided to leave out a bucket of fresh fish for the guests to throw instead.

Betty was particularly fascinated by Beauty’s behaviour and in 1992, decided it was time to try hand feeding the dolphin in the water. Betty and a few of the resort staff began the patient process of coaxing Beauty into shallower waters where they could hand feed her fresh fish.  Years passed and Beauty was joined by a number of other dolphins, many of them direct descendants.  The night time feedings became a regular event and the dolphins soon became comfortable with the presence of the Tangalooma staff.

Later that year, Dolphin Care Protocols were established and approved by the Marine Park Authority, allowing resort guests to begin hand feeding the animals in the water. In the following years, better lighting and viewing platforms were installed that allowed visitors to watch the feeding from the comfort of the jetty. The Dolphin Education Centre was established and the Tangalooma Research Program was set up to help fund Marine Research.

Today, up to 11 dolphins frequent the shores of Tangalooma island resort, hunting, surfing and interacting with resort guests. A new jetty and grandstand has been built and the Marine Education Program continues to provide free programs to all South East Queensland Schools.

Guests from all over the world visit Tangalooma Island Resort every year and thousands have shared the unforgettable experience of hand feeding these amazing creatures. If you would like to know more about Tangalooma’s wild dolphin feeding program, or if you would like to book a dolphin experience tour, contact the staff at Tangalooma Island Resort today.

Posted by Alex

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