Desert Safari tour

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.

Chef’s Restaurant

March 3rd, 2008

Chef’s restaurant provides a-la- carte dining in the modern Australian style. The restaurant is located past the main bar area and the Dive shop. The view from the restaurant overlooking the pristine beach and Moreton Bay is magnificent. The combination of indoor/outdoor dining is most appealing, and while the airconditioned ambience is pleasant the doors and windows are open to create the outdoor feeling.

The menu is inspired by local produce from the bay which includes many prawn and seafood dishes. Ever popular are the suculent Malibu king prawns, and the Red Emperor crusted with herbs and goat chese. There is also a variety of prawn dishes “fresh from the tank”. Chef’s also serves duck, lamb and steak. Dessert is not to be missed and includes Butterscotch Schnapps Brulee and White and Dark Chocolate Terrine just to mention a few. A fine selection of Australian cheeses are available to compliment the dining. The restaurant also caters for children, serving Grilled Chicken and Minute Steak both served with Idaho potato and salad.

Private functions (ie. weddings /corporate receptions) are very well catered for. Please contact the Tangalooma Resort for bookings and information.

Chef’s fine dining is part of the Tangalooma experience.

Chef’s Restaurant The view from Chef’s Restaurant at Tangalooma Resort

Moreton Bay Dugongs

March 1st, 2008

Dugongs or seacows are marine mammals found in Moreton Bay either north towards Cowan Cowan or south of the Tangalooma jetty. They graze on the seagrasses which grow in the warm, shallow, protected waters along Moreton Island. They are the only marine mammal in Australia that live mainly on seagrass. The common term seacows refers to the fact that they graze on the seagrass. Dugongs live their entire life at sea, and surface only when necessary to breathe through their large snout and nostrils, sightings are not always common. The Eco tour at the Tangalooma Resort is a good way to see the dugongs in their natural habitat. Their movement through the water is from their paddle like flippers and their tails. They  are closely related to elephants…linked through D.N.A. We are most fortunate to have these gentle giants of the sea in Moreton Bay.

Bushwalk to Desert a must do activity at Tangalooma

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!

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


Nature Walk

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

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