ueensland is a state of Australia, located in the north-east of the country. It is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean.
Queensland is known as Australia’s Sunshine State. Lush and beautiful along the entire coastline, Queensland’s coastal area is where you’ll find the Great Barrier Reef (2,000 kilometers, or 1,242 miles long). The entire spectacular coastal region is a beach and blue-water wonderland with clean, clear waters and miles of wide, white sands.
Brisbane is Queensland’s capital city and Australia’s third largest city. Located in the southeast corner of Queensland, Brisbane is also known as the River City and has the self-proclaimed title of Australia’s New World City. Until it hosted a series of major international events in the 80s, the rest of Australia considered Brisbane little more than an overgrown country town. But Brisbane has shaken off that image and is now a lively, cosmopolitan city. The city’s metropolitan area has a population of over 2 million, and the South East Queensland urban area, centred around Brisbane, encompasses a population of more than 3 million.
Just a 75-minute ferry trip across Moreton Bay Marine Park from Brisbane is Moreton Island, one of the largest sand islands in the world. (Originally named Morton Island, a clerical error resulted in its present spelling.) The island is 95% National Park and a popular destination for four wheel driving, camping, recreational angling and whale watching. Together with Fraser Island, Moreton Island forms the largest sand structure in the world.
Moreton Island has two major distinctions. Its sand dunes, originally wind-formed but now fixed by vegetation, may be the world’s loftiest, rising to 912 feet (278 m) at Mount Tempest. And it is a place where you get the opportunity to hand feed wild dolphins in the evenings. The dunes are popular for toboggan rides down the slopes, the dolphin feeding is popular for reasons unnecessary to explain.
Moreton Island’s human history is both modern and ancient. Aboriginals lived on the island for thousands of years, leaving only ‘middens’ (heaps of discarded shells) as testament to their occupation. Moreton Bay itself is littered with wrecks that are very attractive to divers and snorkelers, and which were responsible for the construction of Queensland’s oldest lighthouse at Cape Moreton in 1857, still used today to guide ships into the bay.
The island is a photographer’s dream, with extensive sea and bird life. The sheltered bay waters are home to various marine animals. Dugong feed on its seagrass communities while migratory and resident shorebirds feed and roost on the island’s beaches. Humpback whales can be seen from Cape Moreton during their migration from June to November. In addition, if you like fishing and hiking the opportunities here are excellent.
If you enjoy an away-from-it-all kind of vacation, then this may be the place for you; most of the time you will feel like you nearly have it to yourself. Just 38 km (23.6 miles) in length and 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) in area, except for three small townships and Tangalooma Resort the island is a National Park.
Between 1953 and 1962 Tangalooma Resort was a whaling station. The whale chasers Kos I and Kos II form part of the Curtin reef whilst the mother ship is part of the Tangalooma Wrecks.The nearby Tangalooma Wrecks is a favourite shore dive, as the wrecks are not completely submerged, and it is home to large sea creatures and lots of colorful small tropical fish. In addition to the whaler, these wrecks consist of 15 old barges and steam driven dredges which the Queensland government sunk to make a shelter for small boats in 1963. They are visible from the surface and the depth can be greater than 10 metres at high tide.
Tangalooma Island Resort (also known as Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort), is an Interval International-affiliated resort tucked into the curve of a palm-covered beach of white soft sands and crystal clear waters. The timeshare part of the resort offers efficiency, 1- and 2-bedroom units, sleeping from 2 to 6 people, with five beachfront accommodation styles. The units have private balconies well positioned to catch the sea breeze. Each room is fully self-contained, equipped with the usual amenities such as color TV, telephone, etc, and includes and outdoor gas barbecue. The resort has a relaxed and informal atmosphere, with a very hospitable staff.
A highlight of any stay at Tangalooma Island Resort is the opportunity to interact closely with the island’s native wild life. The resort is well-known for the hand-feeding of wild dolphins. Every evening at sunset a pod of up to nine, local bottlenose dolphins swims to a well lit jetty at the beach, where they are rewarded with fresh fish hand fed to them by the resort’s Dolphin Care staff and a select number of guests. Whether you are actually participating in the feeding or simply watching from the jetty, you will be overwhelmed by these beautiful creatures.
Tangalooma also offers a wide range of activities such as: tennis, squash, archery, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, scuba diving, bushwalking, golf driving net, putting green and wilderness Four Wheel Drive escorted tours to many National Park highlights. These include visiting the Cape Moreton Light, the Ocean Beach and the “Blue Lagoon” or you can enjoy a short trip to the “Desert” for some sand tobogganing.
Tangalooma caters to all ages with Teens and Kids Club activities daily and includes educational involvement in the Dolphin Education Centre. At night enjoy a memorable evening dining in a fully licensed restaurant or a more casual meal at the Beach Cafe. Alternatively you can cook your own meals in the privacy of your own unit; the island shop will provide you with everything you need.
After dinner you can enjoy nightly entertainment or go for a moonlight stroll along the endless stretch of white sandy beach. Whether your love is for nature, the water, or just relaxing on the beach under a palm tree, Tangalooma Island Resort has something for everyone.
So this is not a 5-Star resort. If you like living easy, who cares?
Websites you might want to visit for more information on the area:
- http://www.tangalooma.com –Tangalooma Island Resort’s website
- http://www.tangaloomawilddolphinresort.com/ –Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort (same place, different website)
- http://www.seetangalooma.com.au/ –More about Tangalooma
- http://www.seemoretonisland.com/ –About Moreton Island
- http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/ –Brisbane’s official website
- http://www.queenslandholidays.com.au/ –Queensland’s official tourism website
- http://www.csu.edu.au/australia/qld.html –All about Queensland
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