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Dolphins in Paradise

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Escape the crowds and enjoy the day in a tropical paradise as Dolphins in Paradise take you on an eco tour of discovery to explore the beautiful marine park of Moreton bay and the crystal clear waters surrounding the Tangalooma Wrecks.

The Moreton Bay Marine Park is on the migratory path of the Humpback Whale (June to November) and home, all year round, to the friendly Tangalooma Bottlenose Dolphins, giant Loggerhead Turtles and the rare, endangered Dugong.

You will be amazed by the abundance and variety of marine life on their guided snorkel tour - Tangalooma Wrecks or Flinders Reef, home to coral beds an array of fish species; wobbegong, parrot fish, angel fish, snapper, sea slugs, bream are just to name a few.

The tour includes a marine eco tour, with commentary from a marine naturalist, time to relax on the beach and a smorgasbord lunch with prawns, chicken and a range of salads. End the day with a beautiful fruit platter for afternoon tea.

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  • Paid Wifi

Facilities

  • Car park

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Snorkelling
  • Swim with Fish
  • Swimming

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The Boondall Wetlands lie on the edge of Moreton Bay between Nudgee Beach, Boondall and Shorncliffe. The wetlands include more than 1000 hectares of tidal flats, mangroves, salt marshes, melaleuca, grasslands, open forests and woodlands. This track passes through mangroves fringing the shores of Moreton Bay and the banks of Nudgee Creek. Birdlife abounds in the mangroves and a bird hide overlooks the tidal flats at the creek mouth. If you walk at low tide you will notice that these flats are vital feeding grounds for shorebirds. High and low tides in the mangroves reveal two very different worlds.

Boondall Wetlands Reserve

Moreton Bay And Islands, Moreton Bay Area
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Boondall Wetlands lies on the edge of Moreton Bay between Nudgee Beach, Boondall and Shorncliffe and includes more than 1,000 hectares of tidal flats, mangroves, saltmarshes, melaleuca wetlands, grasslands, open forests and woodlands. The Indigenous Australians have lived at Boondall Wetlands for a long time and continue to have links with this land. The Nurri Millen art totems in the wetlands celebrate this culture. Boondall Wetlands has a diversity of wildlife. Mammals that live there include flying foxes, bats, possums and squirrel gliders. There are also a variety of frogs, reptiles and butterflies to be found within the reserve. An amazing variety of birdlife can also be found throughout the diverse vegetation types including mistletoe birds, tawny frogmouths, eastern curlews, kingfishers, rainbow bee-eaters, grass owls and wrens. At low tide, shorebirds feed on the mudflats. Cormorants, darters, egrets, ibis and herons can be seen year round. The Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre offers a range of displays and activities on the environmental and cultural heritage of the reserve for park visitors and organised groups. A track map brochure for Boondall Wetlands Reserve can be obtained from the Brisbane City Council Contact Centre.

Nudgee Beach

Nudgee Beach, Brisbane Area
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Nudgee Beach is the closest beach to the Brisbane Central Business District. It offers a bike track that runs close by the Schulz Canal itself, and eventually reaches Toombul Shopping Centre (and from there, many other parts of Brisbane). Nudgee Beach is surrounded by numerous mangroves and the built up area is bordered to its north and west by the Boondall Wetlands.

Osprey House Environment Centre

Griffin, Moreton Bay Area
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Osprey House Environment Centre is nestled on the banks of the Pine River amidst the branching arms of the mangroves. It melds as a part of this sensitive wetland area with its natural timber design, sweeping verandas and meandering boardwalks inviting everyone to explore almost secret locations and learn about the local fauna and flora. Cast your eyes across the river and wetlands from the viewing platforms and enjoy the ambience of the natural environment. So much wildlife inhabits this area that the you are spoiled for choice, whether it is birds on high, sleepy koalas in the gum trees, crabs in the mudflats or a dolphin playing in the river channel, each day offers unique surprises. The centre includes a theatre, an interpretive centre with information about our natural environment and how we can all make a difference, 400 metres of boardwalks and a barbecue and picnic area. Osprey House is situated close to where Ospreys regularly roost. These fish eating hawks may be seen at almost any time in daylight hours, soaring over the river, diving into the water to catch fish, or carrying fish back to their nest and feeding site atop a 21 metre raptor pole.

Godwin Beach

Moreton Bay And Islands, Moreton Bay Area
Serene and tranquil, Godwin Beach in the northern reaches of Deception Bay is one of the best vantage points to view the entire expanse of land forming its curved coastline. This remarkable quietness also makes Godwin Beach an ideal spot for birdwatchers or wildlife photographers. Observe the abundant birdlife that flock to the surrounding mangrove and mudflat areas, particularly at low tide times, or head to the nearby Nature Reserve where kangaroos and other wildlife can be viewed in their natural habitat. Being a little out-of-the-way also appeals to those who like to go fishing or crabbing. Plenty of bream, whiting and flathead are caught in the water around this area. You don’t have to compete for water space and you might convince one of the regulars to reveal their secret fishing spot! The scenic beauty of Bribie Island is only five minutes' drive away.

Clontarf

Moreton Bay And Islands, Moreton Bay Area
With its sprawling expanse of bayside walkways and bikeways, plentiful parks and picnic facilities and designated off-leash areas, Clontarf is an ideal place to bring the family, including the dog, to enjoy a day out by the water. Clontarf is a charming seaside area at the southernmost part of the Redcliffe Peninsula. A walk or cycle across the old Hornibrook Highway bridge, which is closed to traffic, at either sunrise or sunset is a must. Clontarf is renowned for its many pelicans that reside in the area and can be seen perched on the light poles along the bridge. Pelican Park is named in honour of these coastal creatures and at around 10.00am each morning local volunteers feed the pelicans and provide an educational insight into these amazing sea birds. The area is also home to a large Visitor Information Centre, children's playground area complete with a dedicated swing for people with a disability, and popular boat ramp. Clontarf is also well known for kite flying, with conditions on the esplanade so favourable that an annual kite festival 'Kitefest' is hosted here in May attracting participants from across Australia.

Scarborough

Moreton Bay And Islands, Moreton Bay Area
The beautiful seaside village of Scarborough is a vibrant, lively precinct where something is always happening. At the northern end of the Redcliffe Peninsula, the Scarborough Boat Harbour is always a hive of activity. Many tour operators launch from here, as well as the vehicular ferries that service Moreton Island. Nearby Newport Marina is also home to a number of cruise, scuba charter and fishing experience tour operators. Fresh seafood is synonymous with Scarborough; many visitors make the trek to enjoy a gourmet feast or a more casual outdoor meal of fish and chips. Scarborough was dubbed home to 'Australia's Friendliest Beach' in 2004 in the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach challenge. The beach area and its surrounding esplanades and parks are enjoyed by family groups picnicking and playing, swimmers, water sports enthusiasts, walkers, cyclists and even parachuters who often use the beach as a landing zone. Children will especially love the themed playgrounds of Pirate Place and Railway Place at Scarborough Beach Park with its amazing play equipment and large cottonwood climbing trees. Railway Place has been specially designed so that all young people, including children with disabilities, can explore and enjoy. Jamieson Park's with its northern views to Deception Bay and the Glass House Mountains also has facilities perfect for family outings enabling more people to enjoy a day at this delightful spot. Scarborough is about an hour's drive from the centre of Brisbane.

Deception Bay

Moreton Bay And Islands, Moreton Bay Area
The curiously named town of Deception Bay in Caboolture Shire lies approximately 30 kilometres north of Brisbane, at the southern end of the bay of the same name. It is called Deception Bay because when discovered by Lieutenant John Oxley in 1823, he thought the bay was a river because of its unusual shallowness. Once rich pastoral and grazing land, the area is now an established and growing residential area. Deception Bay's sheltered location and access to both river and bay makes it an excellent spot for recreational boating and fishing. A visit to Cottonwood Walk is a must-do when in Deception Bay. This beautiful area along the esplanade incorporates timber boardwalks, a cycleway, barbecues, viewing platforms and picnic facilities. With glorious views of the bay, it is a perfect spot for a family picnic, with much to see and do for both adults and children. At low tide, explore the mudflats towards the north east corner and see if you can find the two unusual baths that have been excavated out of bed rock. Named Bancroft Bath No1 and No2, these curious structures were created in the late 1800s by a local resident Joseph Bancroft as a type of hydrotherapy unit, for his sick wife to bathe in the salt water. Families will enjoy the public swimming pool complex which features a 50 metre Olympic size pool, wading pool, enclosed heated lesson pool, toddlers pool and play area. It's attended by trained staff. Due to scheduled maintenance the pool will reopen 17 September 2012. There is also a BMX and skate park in the area where the kids can let loose and practice their latest tricks on wheels.

Pine Rivers

Pine Rivers, Moreton Bay Area
When you visit Brisbane, you’ll be amazed just how quick and easy it is to find yourself immersed in lush hills and rainforests. In less than half an hour from the city, the verdant beauty of Pine Rivers is worlds apart from the hustle and bustle of town. From the lofty heights of Mount Glorious, Mount Nebo and Mount Mee, to the tranquil shores of Lake Samsonvale, this is the ideal place to get away from it all. Nature takes over here, and it is impossible but to succumb to its beauty. Yet interspersed throughout the region, in perfect harmony with the surroundings, you will find a range of outdoor adventure options and a healthy dose of pure indulgence. Visit the charming country villages of Dayboro and Samford, with their antique stores and welcoming B&Bs. Enjoy a coffee, some quality dining or really pamper yourself with an overnight stay. From a Mount Glorious restaurant, marvel at the spectacular views of Moreton Bay and islands in the distance. Tour the local vineyards, country delicatessens and provisions stores filled with chutneys, sauces and jams. The Sunday markets at North Pine Country Park are worth a visit, as you never know what you might find. Then, for the kids, feeding the deer at the deer farm is always popular, as is getting close to the animals at the zoo in Dakabin. If you’d like to get a bit active, there are plenty of exciting activities in Pine Rivers. Take part in a game of skirmish, go horse riding through the valley floor of Kurwongbah on a moonlit night, enjoy an adventure escapade, go on a four wheel drive hinterland excursion or play a leisurely round of golf at one of several clubs in the Shire.

Beachmere

Beachmere, Moreton Bay Area
The township of Beachmere, tucked away in the northern section of Moreton Bay, is a quiet yet pleasant hideaway. Its location just above Deception Bay, where the mouth of the Caboolture River flows into the bay, makes it an ideal spot for boating and fishing. Public boat ramps can be accessed either on the river or on the bay itself. For those without their own, boats are also available for hire in Beachmere. Kids will enjoy watching millions of tiny soldier crabs scuttling along the mud flats at low tide. There is a skate park located in Beachmere too, where children can ride bikes or skate. Further inland on the Caboolture River is a marina and chandlery.
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