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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 Becky

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