Archive for March 4th, 2008

Desert Safari tour

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

The Tangalooma desert is enormous, about 42 hectares in size and quite devoid of vegetation. The sand is quite blinding in brightness, almost as if in a whiteout. The surrounding vegetation is quite typical of Moreton island Natives such as Fox tail ferns, Grass trees and Wallum and Coastal Banksia. As the bus winds  up the sand track it is a great surprise to find a desert with sand hills. The roads were originally built by the army during World War II as a means to get to the Ross Defence Battery on the Pacific Ocean side of the island. Along the way the guide gives geological information on the formation of this sand island which is the 3rd. largest in the world. There are coloured sands, which occur naturally in the desert in contrast to the ocean/beach sand which is a buff colour. The colours in these mineral bearing sands are yellow, red, brown, blue and black.

Now the fun begins as you step off the bus to toboggan down one of the larger sand hills on Moreton Island. the toboggans are pieces of masonite which when waxed, fly down the sand hills.The ride is pure fantastic fun, for all ages.

The Desert tour runs daily, all you need to do is contact the tour desk, at Tangalooma Resort to make a booking. Please remember to bring a hat, sunglasses, suncream and your camera.