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Tangalooma Whale Watch Cruises

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The humpback whale is known for their long migration journeys each winter, putting on a magnificent display of breaching, tail slapping and spy hopping as they make their way to warmer waters. South-East Queensland is one of the best places to view these amazing creatures, with up to 20,000 whales expected to journey past Moreton Island this winter. This is definitely something you don't want to miss!

Tangalooma operates daily whale watching cruises from June through until the end of October with departures available from Brisbane and Tangalooma. Board the largest dedicated whale watching vessel in Australia and see these majestic humpback whales in their natural environment as part of an awe-inspiring day tour. The cruise includes a light lunch onboard as well an extensive educational commentary by an Eco Ranger from Tangalooma's Marine Education and Conservation Centre (TMECC).

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Public Telephone

Activities

  • Birdwatching

Other Information

Accessibility:

Disabled access is available. Please contact operator for details.

Children:

Children are welcome however there are no Kids Club or babysitting facilities available on the Whale Watch Cruise.

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Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Moreton Bay is home to approximately 600 bottlenose dolphins and each evening as the sun begins to set across the water, a small pod makes their way to the shores of Tangalooma Island Resort. Since 1992, resort guests have had the opportunity to hand feed the dolphins as part of the Tangalooma wild dolphin feeding program. Currently up to 11 dolphins frequent the shores of Tangalooma, hunting, surfing and playing with fellow pod members. The jetty at Tangalooma is the perfect platform for viewing and observing these wild dolphins as they continuously entertain all with their inquisitive antics. A dedicated Dolphin Care Team records the dolphins’ behaviour each evening, monitoring growth, behaviour and interactions. Included in selected accommodation and day cruise packages is the opportunity to wade into the water to feed these playful creatures. Day guests travelling on the Dolphin Adventure Tour also have the chance to participate in this unforgettable experience.

Moreton Island National Park

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Moreton Island National Park offers a playground of beaches, dunes, coastal heath, woodlands and shallow freshwater lagoons. Add a rocky outcrop and the historic Cape Moreton lighthouse and you have a recipe for discovery and relaxation. At the Cape Moreton information centre, investigate the history of the island. Stroll through the eerie, sandy landscapes of the Desert, Big Sandhills and Little Sandhills. Climb to the top of Mount Tempest - the world's highest stable coastal sand dune. Relax at one of five campgrounds or enjoy camping in one of the established camping zones along the beach. Swim in the clear waters of Blue Lagoon. Moreton Island is reached by boat from Brisbane.

Henderson's Rock Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Henderson's Rock Dive Site is of Brisbane's better and less frequented dive sites. There are deep ledges, overhangs and caves, hidden and partly obscured by thick kelp, all to be explored. Keep an eye out for the Ornate crayfish, prolific in this area. Expect sightings of Grey Nurse Sharks in Winter, where they occasionally school up in the main gutter to the north of the shallow rock. Other species of shark, including Gummy Sharks, Leopard Sharks and Wobbegong, also frequent the area.

Gotham City Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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In the Moreton Bay area north of Moreton Island and off Brisbane, a giant Granite Rock extends 15 metres up from the sandy bottom. It looks like a giant fridge lying on its side, 40 metres by 25 metres wide. Sheer cliffs rise from the bottom on three sides, with a few shallow caves. Originally called Emporers Tomb because of the abundance of Red Emporer, a typo had it renamed Gotham City in the ships logbook and it has been named so ever since.

Cherubs Cave Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
A small concrete cherub once marked the main entrance to this hidden cave off Moreton Island (it was last seen near the engine of the 'St Paul', 6 miles north). The large circular shaped cave roughly measures 20 by 15 metres and has six exits. The entire area is surrounded by rocky gullies, smaller caves, overhangs, pelagic life, a large resident Queensland Groper and Grey Nurse Sharks.

Curtain Artificial Reef Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Curtain Artificial Reef is a popular dive site in Moreton Bay and is easily accessible from Brisbane. Since 1968, the Underwater Research Group of Queensland have been sinking large vessels, cars, tires and pontoons at this site on the West side of Moreton Island. The largest wreck is the Bremer (50 metres). Most have been cleared of obstructions and can be safely entered and explored. The reef pulsates with marine life - tropical fish, gropers, trevally, abundant Wobbegongs and rays and other schooling fish.

Tangalooma Wrecks Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Situated on the western side of Moreton Island, the Tangalooma Wrecks comprises 17 vessels deliberately sunk to not only form a breakwall for small boats, but also to create a unique and exciting wreck dive and snorkel site. The wrecks provide great diving in depths from 2 to 10 metres. The shallow water of the site attracts an amazing array of marine life, including wobbegongs, trevally, kingfish, yellowtail and lots of tropical fish. Each wreck tells a different story, with the hulls of each waiting to be explored. The Tangalooma Wrecks are a casual swim off the beach for those who want an easily accessible dive, but be careful of the currents between the shore and the wrecks.

Mount Tempest

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Moreton Island is the most natural of the large sand islands located in Moreton Bay's sheltered waters. At 285 metres high, Mount Tempest is the highest stabilised sand dune in the world. The walk to the top of Mount Tempest is a memorable one, with sweeping views of Moreton Bay and the island's length a spectacular experience. It is a steep climb and can be challenging, but the view is worth every step.

Gotham City Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
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Gotham City, north of Brisbane's Moreton Island, is one of the most spectacular dive sites in Queensland. Featuring a giant granite rock 15 metres tall, 40 metres long and 25 metres wide, with sheer cliffs off all edges, many divers compare the sight to a small version of the famous Uluru (or Ayers Rock). The rock is decorated with exquisite corals, including black coral trees and sea whips, and is a great place to see spotted eagle rays and wobbegong sharks. Snapper, batfish, gropers and barracuda are also regular visitors to Gotham City.

Curtain Artificial Reef Dive Site

Moreton Island, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Curtin Artificial Reef is a popular dive site in Moreton Bay and is easily accessible from Brisbane. Since 1968, the Underwater Research Group of Queensland has been sinking large vessels, cars, tires and pontoons at this site to create a haven for the local tropical fish, gropers, trevally, abundant wobbegongs, rays and other schooling fish. This great underwater wrecking yard features 32 sunken vessels, the largest being former 50 metre coal barge the Bremer, which - like most of the other wrecks - has been cleared of obstructions so divers can safely enter and explore these impressive playground submerged in depths from 12 to 28 metres.
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