Archive for February, 2008

Bushwalk to Desert a must do activity at Tangalooma

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Tangalooma Resort’s bushwalk to the Desert is a spectacular journey offering panoramic views of Moreton Bay and loads of nature and wildlife.

The bushwalk track begins from behind the Deep Blue apartment complex where the Tangalooma Resort Shop is located, near the jetty where you arrive. The track is well maintained giving walkers a clear path from start to finish.

The track is around the medium difficulty level with some uphill trecking at the start, however the second half of the walk is all downhill.

Recommended accessories for this walk are plenty of water, especially if it is hot or humid, a camera, hat and sunscreen, a good set of joggers / walking shoes and as always when bushwalking a first aid kit is not a bad idea for any unexpected accidents.

About 30 minutes into the walk is a lookout with a seat and a spectacular view of the resort, Moreton Bay and the wrecks. A great spot for a breather to take in some fluids and take some snaps!

Roughly 1 hour into the walk you will come to a t-intersection with an optional walk to the Desert to the left (approximately 400m) and the remainder of the walk to the right. We recommend doing the Desert walk and then complete the remainder of the walk.

The walk is roughly 2 hours return depending on how many stops you have to take photos and to take in the scenery. The walk finishes on the beach roughly 300m South of the Jetty. From there you can return to the resort via the beach.

Early morning is the best time to do this walk especially during the Summer months where the days can get warmer.

Apart from the beautiful views of Moreton Bay and the picturesque Desert, you can expect to see typical elements of Moreton Island’s flora on this walk, butterflies, Whistling Kite’s and many other birds to name just some of the possible sightings on this walk.

Some photos of what we saw on the walk are attached below.

If bushwalking takes your fancy, then this activity is perfect for you!

Moreton Island Flora 2 Moreton Island Flora Butterfly on bushwalk 2 Butterfly on bushwalk Bushwalk view 2 Bushwalk view Desert View

Tursiops Restaurant at Tangalooma - great buffet dining!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Tursiops restaurant at the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort offers great value buffet dining. Located next to the bistro and helicopter tour desk, Tursiops is open for breakfast (7am - 9:30am),  lunch (12.00pm to 2.00pm) and dinner (6.00pm to 9.00pm). One of three restaurants at the resort, Tursiops is the only one open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The range of foods offered in the buffets is extensive, and there is always plenty of food for all.

Typical menus are as follows:

• Breakfast - fruits, yoghurt, toasts & spreads, juices, tea & coffee and a large hot food buffet.

• Lunch - soup, condiments, salads, fruit and a large variety of hot dishes.

• Dinner - soup, condiments, salads, fruit, dessert and a large variety of hot dishes.

Please check the Tangalooma Resort website (link below) or visit the restaurant during your stay at Tangalooma to check prices.

Tursiops current prices

Tursiops

Nature Walk

Friday, February 8th, 2008

A very pleasant walk is just 30 minutes north of the Resort and villas. It is equally beautiful in the morning, before the sun rises above the sand dunes/hills, or at sunset which is always a favourite with photographers. The wrecks are quite spectacular silhouetted as the sun sets quite often producing some brilliant colours. The directions are quite simply to follow the shoreline until you reach The Wrecks.

As well keep a watchful eye as you walk through the crystal clear waters or on the sand for seastars (starfish), and small fish. The “logs” are often a good fishing spot for flathead. There are often pods of dolphins swimming past and sometimes in the shallows. The whistling kites with their distinctive patterened wings, and call, soar overhead in search of their prey..unsuspecting fish. What a fantastic sight to see these birds of prey in action.

The twelve wrecks were once very seaworthy vessels , and now form an artifical reef which provides a safe haven for boats and yachts to anchor.

The wrecks

Tangalooma Eco Nature Tour

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

The Eco Nature Tour from Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort is one not to be missed. One of many tours offered by the resort, this tour is rewarding in many ways.

Seeing female dolphins with very young calves, teaching them feeding and survival skills in their natural habitat is definitely one of the main highlights of the tour. They warn their calves of danger by biting their young as a form of discipline. This is one of the many things the young calves must learn as they grow. The pleasure of seeing them frolicking in the water is simply an unforgettable experience. You can expect to see different pods of adult dolphins in numbers from 5 to 25 at a time surfing and diving deep in feeding patterns. This is truly an amazing feat of nature at it’s best to be up close and witness this happening.

Other creatures you may see while on this tour in Moreton Bay include green turtles, dugongs, stingrays, and possibly some large fish!

Check with resort staff for the availability of this tour, which can be dependant on weather and numbers booked. The tour runs for approximately 2.5-3 hours.

Eco Tour Dolphins