Tangalooma, located in Queensland, Australia is part of the Moreton Bay region. Situated approximately a 75 minute catamaran ride from Brisbane, this is one day trip that is worth making. Not only do you get the chance to witness some memorable wildlife experiences, but the area is also home of the popular diving spot of the Tangalooma wrecks.
We took a day trip to the Tangalooma Wrecks as part of a dolphin watching cruise. We had a Red Balloon voucher given to us as a gift so we decided the dolphin cruise would be a fun way to use it, as something we could do together.
TANGALOOMA WRECKS DOLPHIN CRUISE
The cruise was with Dolphin Wild Moreton Island Cruises. They are the longest operating cruise company in the area, having been in operation for more than 20 years as a family owned business. The cruise is a popular choice for both locals and tourists as a way of seeing dolphins in the wild, but with the added bonus of seeing the impressive Tangalooma Wrecks.
The cruise left from Redcliffe, which is about a 50 minute drive from home. The initial stages of the cruise were fairly uneventful, simply enjoy the ride out to sea. It wasn’t until we got close to Tangalooma did the dolphins make their appearance.
They were a little shy at first, but it wasn’t long before they started surfing along beside the catamaran and showing off nearby. We were told that they love to swim along in front and along the side of boats, as it gives them a little bit of a thrill with added speed. Dolphins are known for their playful nature. They are also incredibly intelligent creatures.
We spotted a mum and baby dolphin during the cruise. That was an added bit of excitement. Unfortunately we didn’t capture many dolphin photos work sharing though, so you will need to take our word for it that we saw plenty during the cruise.
After a bit of time cruising around with the dolphins, doing some circles around the bay area, the boat was anchored to the Tangalooma Wrecks and we had the opportunity to go snorkelling around the wrecks. One of the Dolphin Wild crew took passengers on a guided snorkel if they wanted, or they were free to snorkel at their own leisure.
I’m not entirely sure why, but for some reason we didn’t go snorkelling on the day. I think it had something to do with the time of year and the fact that it was a bit cold… and I think we were of only 4 who didn’t. In hindsight, I regret not doing the snorkelling part of the cruise, since the Tangalooma Wrecks are one of the most popular snorkelling areas in the world. Ahh well.. there’s always next time!
The Tangalooma Wrecks are impressive even from above the water and the crystal clear waters mean you have a fair bit of visibility even from the boat. Nothing like being under the water though I’m sure.
The crew threw some fish food into the water at the back of the boat though, which resulted in a total fish frenzy. There were so many colourful fish popping up to the surface, which was cool to watch. Although at the time of this photo, it there wasn’t a lot of colour. Just lots of grey fish… don’t ask me what kind. No clue!
After snorkelling, or in our case, chilling out on the boat and enjoying the sunshine (and forgetting to put sunscreen on the tops of our feet… ouch), it was time for lunch on the beach. Lunch was a smorgasbord that included seafood, chicken, salads and plenty of other variety.
Then it was free time on the beach, with the option to go for a walk and explore, relax on the beach or have a swim. There was a massive sand dune not far from the wrecks that a lot of people were tobogganing down or just going up the top for a look. Simon walked to the top to get some photos but I preserved my legs and soaked up some rays near the bottom.
Then it was back on the boat and time to head back to Redcliffe and on our way home, after a great day out on the water.
Tangalooma was originally a whaling station and is now home of Tangalooma Island Resort – a popular getaway for families due to the range of activities on offer, from the natural scenery and nature walks to dolphin spotting, and of course snorkelling around the Tangalooma Wrecks.
How to Get to Tangalooma & Moreton Island
Tangalooma is located in the Moreton Bay region, approximately 70-75 minutes from Brisbane via catamaran. There are several cruise companies that travel to the area, as well as the option to stay at Tangalooma Island Resort.
Our cruise was with Dolphin Wild Moreton Island Cruises who are located in the Redcliffe Peninsula, Queensland. Cruises leave from the Newport Marina, 158 Griffith Road Scarborough and cost from $125 per person for adults. This price includes the cruise, lunch and some inclusive activities. Snorkelling the Tangalooma Wrecks is at an extra cost due to the hire of equipment.
Want to see more? Be sure to check out our top 10 Brisbane day trips to see more of this beautiful part of Australia.
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