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Northern Safari Tour

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

The Northern Safari tour gives you a complete overview of Moreton Island. The island is 37km’s long and 10k’m wide. Most of the islands 19,000hectares, excluding towns, is both National  Park and recreation area.

The tour leaves the Tangalooma Resort and travels along the Western beach overlooking Moreton Bay. The guide provides interesting information on the islands history and points of interest such as the Tangalooma Wrecks,  the towns of CowanCowan and Bulwer. During both W.W.I and W.W.II Cowan Cowan was a major defense base.The remains of the battteries today are a reminder of that time.

We turn from the beach at Bulwer and cross the top of the island before reaching North Point and Honeymoon Bay. The bus stops here for a stretch of the legs, and a leisurely walk to visit Honeymoon Bay. This is the most picturesque bay and a touch of paradise. The pristine waters of the ocean lap the purest sand, while the costal banksia and gentle casuarinas sway in the breeze and line the edges of the bay. Take a moment to bask in the serenity. Meanwhile a delicious morning tea of damper with jam and cream with tea or coffee has been prepared by our capable guide.

The tour then proceeds to Cape Moreton Lighthouse. It was built in 1857 by master stonemasons and convicts using sandstone quarries from the immediate area. This is the only rock outcrop on the island. This lighthouse was most useful as the northern end of Mortern Island became the main shipping passage to Brisbane. Today the light is fully automated.The short walk along the cliff gives spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Eastern Beach. The clarity of the turquoise waters means that you can easily spot turtles and dolphins lolling through the swell, as well as rays and sharks. It is also a good vantage point to see the migration of whales between June and October. The tour returns via the Eastern beach and the middle road.

The Tangalooma tour desk has all the relevant information for bookings. Please check for departure days and times. The tour duration is 4 hrs. This is a must do tour on Moreton Island.

Snorkeling the Tangalooma Wrecks

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

The Tangalooma wrecks are a perfect place to snorkel. The wrecks are a prominent land mark on Moreton Island, and the site is recognised as a premier snorkeling destination in the world. The wrecks were created as a shelter for boats and yachts but at the same time provide a reef for fish and coral. There are many different species of reef and tropical fish, as well as invertabrates to be seen here. The variety is comparable to marine life on the Great Barrier Reef.

The guided tour departs from Get Wet Sports where all equipment is available, eg. snorkels, masks, wet suits, flippers, mesh gloves, as well as buoyancy boards for less confident swimmers. A custom built, stylish boat whisks you to the Wrecks. Then the amazing experience begins. The pleasure of swimming amongst the wrecks and with schools of fish, literally within your grasp is exhilirating. Some of the fish varieties swimming past are trevally,kingfish, yellowtail, garfish,rockcod,bream and the resident wobbegong. There are ofcoarse tropical delights such as parrot fish,and clown fish. What a thrill to hand feed the fish, and see the frenzied activity. An added bonus are the dolphins and green turtles which may be seen in natures garden as well. To snorkel the wrecks is like bieng transported to another world.

This tour can be booked at Get Wet Sports and please check with the proffesional staff or the blackboard for daily tours and times. This is an unforgetable tour of exhilirating excitment.