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Tangalooma Day Trip with Whale Watching Cruise

1. Tangalooma Day Trip with Whale Watching Cruise

Start your day with check-in at the wharf, and travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic ferry ride. Choose to enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride over or the return journey. Arrive at beautiful Moreton Island after approximately 75 minutes and make a short stop at the resort before heading out on the whale watch cruise at approximately 12:00 PM. Board a smooth-sailing comfortable catamaran, the perfect vantage point to spot whales in the water. Enjoy full commentary about the habitats and behaviors of these amazing creatures. Sit down for a light lunch and refreshments served on board. Then, if you choose, enjoy the Discover the World of Dolphins presentation at the Eco Centre at 3:15 PM. Throughout the day, enjoy full access to the Tangalooma resort facilities including pools, restaurants and bars. Depart from the Tangalooma jetty at 4:00 PM and return back to the Brisbane wharf at 5:15 PM.

Moreton Island: Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding Day Cruise

2. Moreton Island: Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding Day Cruise

When you check in at the wharf, the staff will communicate all tour times of the day to guests. Then travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic ferry ride. You may choose to enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride over or the return journey. Arrive at beautiful Moreton Island after approximately 75 minutes and spend some time exploring at your own leisure. Have full access to the various pools, cafes, restaurants, bars and, of course, the beach! If you have selected the desert safari tour, travel by 4WD vehicle to the Tangalooma Desert. With this thrilling and bumpy 4WD bus tour, getting there is half the fun. When sand tobogganing, you can reach speeds of up to 40km per hour. If you have chosen the marine discovery cruise, you’ll journey along the coastline in search of dolphins, dugongs, green sea turtles, rays and more. The purpose-built discovery boat provides unobstructed views of Moreton Bay’s intriguing marine life. Enjoy full eco commentary, provided to explain the habitats and behaviours of the local marine creatures. The "Discover the World of Dolphins" presentation at the Eco Centre at 3:15 PM is optional. Watch this or simply explore the island at your leisure until sunset. Then, make your way to the jetty for the wild dolphin feeding program. Witness a majestic pod of dolphins visiting the shallow shore and see them play together until it’s time to be fed. Follow an expert into the shallow water and hand feed fish to a wild bottlenose dolphin. You will be assisted by the Dolphin Care Team, consisting of Eco Rangers and dedicated staff who operate under strict guidelines to ensure the protection of the dolphins. At approximately 7:00 PM, leave the island and travel back to Brisbane, arriving at 8:15 PM.

From Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Adventure Tour with Lunch

3. From Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Adventure Tour with Lunch

Departing central Brisbane by bus, see some of the local city sights as you travel towards Cleveland. Arrive at the ferry which will then transport you to Stradbroke Island. Once on the island, stroll along the famous scenic North Gorge Walk with your expert local guide. Depending on the season you may spot kangaroos, turtles, dolphins, manta rays, or whales. After the walk, head to a local pub for some lunch and a local beer overlooking Cylinder Beach. Following lunch, make your way down to the beach and enjoy some time sunbathing or swimming. You can also hire a surfboard for an hour on the day. Next, continue to Amity Point and search for koalas and dolphins which can often be seen up-close and personal. The final destination for the day is Brown Lake, a beautiful body of water located near Dunwich, after which you will be taken back to Brisbane.

Moreton Island: Tangalooma ATV Quad Bike & Dolphin Feeding

4. Moreton Island: Tangalooma ATV Quad Bike & Dolphin Feeding

Escape to the crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches of Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island, just over an hour from Brisbane by ferry, with a day pass. Ease into the relaxed Queensland atmosphere as you soak up the sun, redeem lunch vouchers, ride an ATV quad bike, and feed dolphins. Check in at the wharf and learn about the tour times of the day from the staff. Then, travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic ferry ride. Enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride over to Moreton or on the return journey. After a 75-minute boat ride, step into the natural wonder of Moreton Island and spend some time exploring it at your own pace. Enjoy full access to the various pools, cafes, restaurants, bars, and, of course, the sandy beach of Tangalooma Island Resort. Next, experience the thrill of riding an ATV quad bike along the beach and through the bushland at Tangalooma. With professional guides by your side, get the basic bush track training to handle the best dedicated ATV quad bike tracks in Australia. Then, learn about dolphin marine life with the optional 'Discover the World of Dolphins' presentation at the Eco Centre at 3:15 PM. Watch this informative demonstration, or simply explore the island till sunset. Finally, make your way to the jetty for the wild dolphin feeding program. Witness a majestic pod of dolphins visiting the shore, and see them play together until it’s time to be fed. Follow an expert into the shallow water and hand-feed fish to a wild bottlenose dolphin with the Dolphin Care Team, consisting of eco rangers who ensure the protection of these creatures. After interacting with wild dolphins, at approximately 7:00 PM, you'll leave the island and travel back to Brisbane, arriving at 8:15 PM.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 57 reviews

I would book again and again!

This tour is highly recommended! I would even book it again! - it should be noted that the port is a bit out of the way (about 15 minutes by car, not accessible by public transport, so plan for additional costs) - return journey by ship (there you get 2 vouchers for a drink, which you redeemable on the round trip) - On arrival at the port the full resort was introduced - Free coffee and tea all day - Very clean toilets and showers on site - Beautiful beach with pelicans - Vouchers for lunch were also included , very tasty - the desert tour is highly recommended, the sand surfing is great fun, but also very exhausting - and feeding wild dolphins was a unique experience - you can book other activities on site at any time and have enough time for them (e.g. helicopter flight, snorkeling, glass bottom boat tour)

It was a great day tour. We chose the variant with the Desert Safari. When we came from the ferry, we were welcomed by the guest service and the rest of the day was explained to us and everything important was shown. There are lockers in the VIP Lounge, which cost AUD 2 (per opening). The feeding of the 'wild' dolphins was a tourist bulk, as expected.

I thought the days trip was very well organised. We did see some whales but no major breaching, however we did see a newborn whale which apparently was quite unusual. It was whitish in colour indicating it was around 1 week old. Pretty special to see. Great day out for my daughter and I.

very beautiful day, the sun, the sea and as a bonus whales which make their show. very interesting commentary from the guide on the local fauna. this excursion leaves me with wonderful memories.

Wonderful whale watch Wednesday

Great organisation, great Staff, AMAZING whale viewing. A real highlight of my holiday d a privilege to see these majestic, graceful creatures and 2 babies as a real bonus.