Archive for the ‘Walks’ Category

Eco Night Spotlighting Walk.

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

The night spotlighting tour opens your eyes to the nocturnal creatures at Tangalooma.  Here at the Tangaloma Resort, which is nestled beside Moreton Bay and the Moreton island National Park, the nightlife of nocturnal creatures is a surprise. The tour is conducted by one of  the biologists from the Marine and Research Centre at Tangalooma Resort. There is an amazing array of nightlife in close proximity to the Resort. The guide expertly trains our eyes towards the tree tops where once you focus, nature’s richness takes over. Apart from the possums, you may also see the quick movement of  sugar gliders in flight. This is amazing since you have walked the path on many occasions and never thought to look skyward. Meanwhile at ground level watch for the beach curlews who dart between the tree shadows, but also have a most distinct “cry”, which is almost childlike. There are also bandicoots at ground level. As we walk past the Resort proper and our eyes adjust to the night light, we can also perhaps see an owl, a spider weaving a web, or geckos.

This tour is most informative and quite a revelation of nature if you train your eyes and ears to look and listen. The tour leaves from the Marine and Research Education Centre which is located near the jetty, between 6.45 and the duration is 1 hour. The guide has a large spotlight but if possible you may bring your own torch.

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

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