Tangalooma Dreaming

January 16, 2017 0 Comments

Tangalooma Dreaming

I can't believe that this is the first time I've been to Tangalooma Island Resort. After more than 20 years of living in Australia, I have always dreamt of frolicking with dolphins, but it took this long to finally do it. Given how easy, and affordable a day trip is to the island, I don't know why we didn't do it sooner. I am very grateful to have shared my first experience with my three year old however, the memories we made will last a lifetime.

We managed to squeeze in a trip together the day before we took off to Mexico. Call me crazy, but I couldn't pass an invitation to live out my childhood dreams. Stroller, camera, snacks, water, towel, a change of clothes and we were set to board the luxury catamaran to Tangalooma Island resort. I was nervous about what 1.5 hours on a boat alone with my son would entail however we soon occupied ourselves by spotting (and naming) the schools of jellyfish, mangroves and unfortunately pointing out the rubbish and trying to find the culprits. Our excitement brought all the kids to us, and we soon found ourselves surrounded by other children that joined in on the eye spy games. Mum of the year right here.

From one boat trip to the next we boarded our fish feeding experience that took us to the ship wrecks. Who doesn't love a ship wreck right? What a incredible sight that was. Orlando was convinced these were pirate shipwrecks, and that we would find an ancient treasure. Bless.

The Tangalooma wrecks came about in 1963 as a result of lobbying by recreational boat owners for a safe anchorage. The wrecks consists of a line of old Harbours and Marine Department steam driven dredges and barges on the edge of a sandbank that were deliberately sunk with the Maryborough being the first vessel.

The Wrecks are not far off the beach so with older kids, it is actually possible to swim out to them if you are wanting to explore and have your own snorkelling gear. Obviously too hard basket with toddler, so we opted for the glass bottomed boat and bags of fish food to bring all the fish to us. To our delight It was an absolute frenzy of varied fish literally leaping at us. The kids (and kidults) had a blast.

 



Upon our return we set off to fuel our tummies at the wide variety of eateries available at Tangalooma Island Resort. Grilled fish for mum, and fish and chips (of course) for Orlando.

Tangalooma has five food and beverage options available, from breakfast-buffet style to beachfront BBQ dining; the Resort offers something to suit all tastes.  Basic main meals at the Resort’s Beach Café start from $15, while guests can enjoy the Resorts signature 2kg Tomahawk steak fresh of the BBQ grill from $98 (shared for 3). And, if you would prefer to self-cater, camp yourself beside one of our six BBQ facilities and take in the beauty of the bay in the most casual environment. All supplies can be purchased from the Resort Shop.For full details visit http://www.tangalooma.com/info/resort_information/shops_services/


We then enjoyed a refreshing dip in the pristine beach, and pools that day trippers have access to at the resort.

Access to the VIP lounge is a must for families as it's a great place to shower, change, and have a little nap ( for those of us who can still enjoy naps during the day).

At sundown, it was time for the big finale. We awaited out turn to feed our beautiful dolphin Tinkerbell, known as the alpha female of the group, she was majestic. Before we met her, Orlando was ready to go fish in hand, but when he saw the size of this beautiful creature, quickly passed the fish to mum.

The experience was everything I imagined it to be, and I still can't wipe the smile off my face. We are so blessed to have this experience at our doorstep, so if you haven't been, get on the boat and get out there.

A day trip would normally set you back $115 per adult and $65 per child. This includes:

  • Return luxury catamaran transfers from Holt Street Wharf, Pinkenba, Brisbane Wild dolphin feeding experience*
  • Lunch* ($20 food voucher per adult, $15 food voucher per child valid at any open food outlet)
  • Presentations from Tangalooma Marine Education and Conservation Centre
  • Up to 10 hours^ at the resort to partake in a heap of FREE activities
  • Full use of resort facilities, including 2 swimming pools, restaurants and bars
  • Dolphin behaviour and data collection lecture

If you'd like to stay...

Visitors to Tangalooma can enjoy a two night weekend stay (run of house room) which sleeps four people from only $199 per night. This package deal also includes the iconic sunset wild dolphin feeding and selected resort activities. For further information and to book go to www.tangalooma.com or call the reservations team on 1300 652 250.

Tangalooma Island Resort offers a wide range of accommodation options for guests to suit all budgets and requirements. Comprising of seven accommodation styles including hotel rooms, resort units, family suites, resort units, beachfront villas and deep blue luxury apartments, the Resort can cater for up to 12 guests per room. Guests can also choose the exclusive island holiday homes which boast million dollar views over Moreton Bay and the Glasshouse Mountains. Rooms start from $149 per night midweek in low season. For further information and to book go to www.tangalooma.com or call the reservations team on 1300 652 250.

Other activities at Tangalooma include...

Desert Safari Tour + sand tobogganing, ATV Quad Bike Tour, Marine Discovery Cruise, Whale Watch Cruise (June to October), Helicopter Joy flights, Parasailing, Whale Watch Bus Safari (Jun- Oct),  Northern Safari Tour, 4WD Car Hire, Private Island Tours, Helicopter Transfers, Segway tour, Dusk kayaking tour to the wrecks, Fish feeding Tour at Wrecks, Sunset cruises, Tinnie / motor boat hire, Kayak hire, Kid's Club Activities (school holidays),Helicopter Workshop, Snorkelling tours to the Wrecks, Catamaran hire, Banana boat rides, Stand-up paddle board hire, Scuba gear hire, Snorkel gear hire, Massage & beauty treatments, Back of House Tour, Dolphin Feeding, Pelican Feeding, Kookaburra Feeding, Fish Feeding.

 

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