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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Half a century of fun – Tangalooma turns 50

Turning 50 is a big milestone. The last half century has seen many changes around the world, from the advent of computers and the internet to the many changes in government and the general way of living. Living through this allows growth and maturity, seen not only in the people of the world, but also the places – including Tangalooma Island Resort.

As the world has changed, so has Tangalooma Island Resort. Starting with humble beginnings as a small accommodation provider on Moreton Island, Tangalooma has grown and evolved into the spectacular and beautiful place it is today. The island it is situated on what was originally home to the Ngugi, the indigenous people of the island that they called Moorgumpin. They had a marine based lifestyle that flourished until Europeans arrived on the island in 1823, relocating the Ngugi people to Stradbroke Island in 1850.

Almost half a century later, Moreton Island was the site of two large defence batteries to help the fight in World War II. During the war a naval base and jetty were built at Tangalooma. The remains of the batteries and other relics are still present and are of historic significance.

In the mid 1900’s, a whaling company chose the island as the site for the largest land-based whaling station on the southern hemisphere. Over the years, thousands of whales were killed and processed for their oil, bones and meat. But in the late 1950’s, vegetable oil was introduced and world whale oil prices fell and by 1961, whale numbers had become scarce. The whaling station closed in 1962, with whales placed on the Protected Species list in 1965.

In 1963, the closed whaling station was sold to a group of businessmen from the Gold Coast and in 1980 the resort was purchased by the Osborne’s, a local Brisbane family, who still own and operate the resort today. Over the years, the Osborne’s have expanded and nurtured the resort into what it is today.

To celebrate Tangalooma’s 50th birthday, the resort is offering a number of specials. If you are looking at booking a conference at Tangalooma Island Resort this year, take advantage of Tangalooma’s special birthday offer. To help celebrate their 50th birthday, you will receive $50.00 off your launch transfer and $50.00 off your accommodation room rate per night. Conditions do apply, so call Tangalooma on 1300 652 250 or email corporate@tangalooma.com for more information.

Posted by Alex
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Winter woes – pick yourself up with an getaway

Although the colder weather may be creeping up, that’s no reason to stop going to the beach. Australia is lucky enough to have pleasant weather all year round and even as it grows colder, the weather is often splendid all through winter, with locals donning only a light jacket. If you are looking for an island getaway in winter, Moreton Island, located off the shore of south east Queensland, is one destination that has lots to do all year round.

Moreton Island is one of the largest sand islands in the world, home to a wide variety of wildlife and the popular accommodation provider, Tangalooma Island Resort. The resort features a wide range of accommodation options from apartments to houses, as well as lots of great activities to keep you busy, no matter what the weather is.

Although the water may be a bit too chilly to venture into come winter, there are lots of other things to keep you busy while holidaying on Moreton Island. Land based activities include things such as sand tobogganing, a number of guided tours, massage and beauty services and much more. And if you want to get in the water without getting wet, there are a great range of water based activities as well. Cruises, parasailing, dolphin tours and canoe rides are just some of the activities you can enjoy without getting in the water, as well as the winter only activity – whale watching.

So, don’t give up on your dream of a tropical paradise in Australia just because it may be the “wrong season”! There is always plenty to do on Moreton Island, with some activities, such as whale watching, only available in winter.

If you plan on visiting Tangalooma Island Resort this winter, book now by calling 1300 652 250.

Posted by Alex
Friday, June 14, 2013
How to prepare for Tangalooma’s Dolphin feeding

Each evening, as the sun begins to set, a small pod of indo-pacific dolphins make their way to the coast of Queensland’s spectacular Moreton Island.  For over a decade, Tangalooma Island Resort has been famous for this nightly migration and every year, thousands of visitors flock to its shores for the rare opportunity to hand feed these majestic marine mammals.

If you’re considering a trip to Moreton Island or your next family vacation, here are some tips to getting the most out of your dolphin feeding experience:

  • Read up on your dolphin facts

The Marine Education and Conservation Centre was established in 1994 and offers a unique look into the lives of these fascinating creatures.  Run by a passionate team of Eco Rangers, the centre is a fun, interactive and educational experience for the whole family.

  • Listen to the experts

The Dolphin Care Team are there to ensure the health and safety of the dolphins, as well as the guests that interact with them. Make sure you listen carefully to all instructions and advice offered by your Dolphin Care Team member and you’ll be guaranteed a memorable experience.

  • Have the camera ready

Sometimes, with all the activity in the water, it’s easy to miss the moment of contact between the dolphin and your loved one. Make sure you find a good seat on the jetty and get your camera ready to capture the excitement of this once in a life time experience. If all else fails, an experienced photographer will be present to snap the encounter from the water. 

  • Bring a change of clothes

No one enjoys standing in wet clothes while they wait for friends and family. Make sure you bring a warm towel or a spare pair of clothes to change into after your dolphin feeding encounter. That way you can watch comfortably from the side lines as other loved ones have their turn.

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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