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From Brisbane or Gold Coast: Moreton Island Full-Day Trip

1. From Brisbane or Gold Coast: Moreton Island Full-Day Trip

Enjoy a day on Moreton Island on this full-day trip from Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Relax on the cruise on the way, enjoy a delicious lunch, then take part in fun outdoor activities like kayaking and sand tobogganing. Be picked up from a centrally-located meeting point in Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Sit back and relax on the air-conditioned drive to the boat's departure point. Board a spacious boat with an outdoor area and a covered seating area. Enjoy ocean views as you cruise across Moreton Bay. Discover a vibrant underwater world as you follow your guide on a snorkeling tour around shipwrecks. Have the chance to spot turtles, fish, and rays. Stop to savor a sandwich lunch on the beach before taking a guided tour in a glass-bottom kayak. View the underwater wonders of the Tangalooma Wrecks as you paddle over crystal-clear water. Explore the area on the island that is known as "The Desert." Ride in a rugged 4X4, and experience the exhilaration of sand tobogganing at speeds of over 40 miles per hour. Admire the Gheebulum Coonungai National Park that covers most of Moreton Island.

Brisbane: Moreton Island Return Ferry & Adventure Day Pass

2. Brisbane: Moreton Island Return Ferry & Adventure Day Pass

Experience the stunningly beautiful Moreton Island from multiple perspectives with a full-day trip. Catch the ferry from Holt Street Wharf in Brisbane and head on to the white sandy beaches of Tangalooma Island Resort. Revel in a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard session along the calm crystal-clear waters of Tangalooma. Snorkel around the shipwrecks to meet the island’s marine life. Enjoy convenience, as all guests have full access to the resort’s facilities and amenities which includes 2 swimming pools which are perfect for guests who are not fond of the sandy shores. Showers, toilets, and lockers are readily available, plus restaurants and cafés for your hungry stomachs. Play a variety of games such as beach volleyball or cricket with friends and family or just relax and chill by the beach. Return to Brisbane arrive at the wharf in the late afternoon.

Moreton Island: Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise Adventure

3. Moreton Island: Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise Adventure

Discover Moreton Bay Marine Park on a cruise. Learn about marine life from an onboard marine naturalist, go on a guided snorkeling tour of the Tangalooma wrecks, and see giant loggerhead turtles. Meet the skipper and crew at the Rivergate Marina Brisbane to begin a 1-day Moreton Island adventure. Get on a modern, purpose-built whale and dolphin-friendly vessel featuring large viewing decks, guaranteeing you a rail-side position on this ultimate marine discovery cruise. Visit the magical world of the Moreton Bay Marine Park, home to bottlenose dolphins, dugongs, and giant loggerhead turtles. The park is also home to humpback whales between June and October. Gain insightful commentary from a marine naturalist on board, blending aspects of marine mammal behavior with the interesting history of the Moreton Bay islands. Enjoy a guided snorkeling tour around the 14 scuttled ships of the Tangalooma Wrecks as well. Purchase additional snacks and drinks from the kiosk or licensed bar on board.

From Brisbane: Tangalooma Cruise with Wrecks Snorkel Tour

4. From Brisbane: Tangalooma Cruise with Wrecks Snorkel Tour

When you check in at the wharf, the staff will advise all tour times of the day to guests. You will then travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic boat ride. Enjoy a complimentary beverage on the boat ride there, or to relax on the return journey. Arrive at beautiful Moreton Island after a beautiful 75 minute boat journey. Included in your day trip is a snorkelling tour. The snorkelling experience takes you to one of Australia's best snorkelling locations, The Tangalooma Wrecks, which is home to a large variety of reef fish, coral formations and marine life. Throughout the day, you will also have full access to the resort facilities, including pools, restaurants and bars. You can also enjoy the 'Discover the World of Dolphins' presentation at the Eco Centre at 3:15pm. Head back to the jetty to depart for Brisbane at 4:00pm for another relaxing boat journey. You will arrive back in Brisbane at 5:15pm.

Brisbane: River Cruise with Lunch

5. Brisbane: River Cruise with Lunch

Discover Brisbane from the water with this river cruise complete with lunch at one of the city's most popular eateries. Departing from South Bank, set out on a 1.5-hour cruise to explore some of Brisbane's most important sights. During your cruise, see sights such as the South Bank Parklands, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Story Bridge, New Farm Park, and the Brisbane riverside homes. The sights will be accompanied by an informative commentary about the region as well as a morning tea to satisfy your onboard cravings. The morning cruise will last for 45 minutes until you reach your first port of call. After a short walk from the landing dock, arrive at the Breakfast Creek Hotel where you can enjoy a delicious meal. Choose from a range of dishes such as rump steak, panko calamari, and Caesar salad. From here, you will once again board the boat to cruise back to the dock at South Bank within the luscious Parklands.

Moreton Island: Wreck Snorkeling & Dolphin Feeding Day Trip

6. Moreton Island: Wreck Snorkeling & Dolphin Feeding Day Trip

Join a day trip from Brisbane and visit the Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island. Enjoy everything the resort has to offer, including a guided snorkeling experience and the opportunity to hand-feed wild dolphins. 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. Enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride over to Moreton, or on the return journey.  Arrive at this beautiful island after an approximately 75-minute journey and spend some time exploring at your own leisure. Enjoy full access to the various pools, cafes, restaurants, bars, and, of course, the beach. Included in your day trip is a snorkeling tour. The snorkeling experience takes you to one of Australia's best snorkeling locations, The Wrecks, which is home to a large variety of reef fish, coral formations, and marine life. 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 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.

Brisbane: Midday River Sightseeing Cruise

7. Brisbane: Midday River Sightseeing Cruise

Discover Brisbane on a fun city cruise and learn all about the area from a local guide. See the highlights of Brisbane and snap great photos along the way. Enjoy informative commentary of your guide while taking advantage of the fantastic photo opportunities.  Cruise past Brisbane’s most iconic sights including the city center, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, New Farm Park, and the Story Bridge. The commentary will tell you some of the history of Brisbane and point out the historical and contemporary landmarks of the city.

Brisbane: Sightseeing River Cruise with Morning Tea

8. Brisbane: Sightseeing River Cruise with Morning Tea

Experience the original sightseeing cruise on the Brisbane River, as you sip your morning tea. During this 1.5 hour guided tour, you will be entertained by informative commentary, while taking advantage of  fantastic photo opportunities. Board the MV Neptune at the City Botanic Gardens River Pontoons. These are located on the river at the City Botanic Gardens. Access off Alice Street through the gates at either Albert St or Edward St. Cruise past Brisbane’s most iconic sights, including the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, the city center, and the Story Bridge.    Enjoy this interesting, cost-effective, and informative tour of Brisbane’s distinctive river scene, ideal for both locals and visitors. Available year-round, you don’t want to miss out on this beautiful and relaxing tour.  

Brisbane: 1.5 Hour River Sunset Cruise

9. Brisbane: 1.5 Hour River Sunset Cruise

Board your boat for the evening at 5:45 PM and set off along the scenic Brisbane River at 6:00 PM. Purchase a drink from the onboard bar, then sit back and relax as you gaze at the city skyline. Gently cruise along the river, admiring the many bridges along the way, including the impressive Story Bridge. Marvel at the beautiful Kangaroo Cliffs, and watch the city be transformed with color as it lights up at night. Along the way, listen to relaxing music, take in the sights of the city, and soak up the memories of this unforgettable experience. The cruise ends at 7:30 PM, back at the dock.

From Brisbane: Moreton Island and Tangalooma Resort Day Trip

10. From Brisbane: Moreton Island and Tangalooma Resort Day Trip

Experience the best of Moreton Island and Tangalooma Resort on this day trip from Brisbane. Ride an ATV quad bike along the beach swim in the resort pool, sip a cocktail at the bar and enjoy international cuisine at the restaurant. As the sun sets, see a family of wild dolphins feed. Travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic boat ride. Enjoy a complimentary drink either on the boat ride to Moreton or on the return journey. Upon arrival at the island, experience the thrill of riding on an ATV quad bike along the beach and through the bushland at Tangalooma. The guides will assist you and provide basic bush track training so you can tackle the dedicated ATV quad bike tracks. Throughout the day, enjoy full access to the resort facilities including pools, restaurants, and bars. Use your lunch voucher for whichever cuisine you fancy, with Chinese, Vietnamese, and other options available. Visit to the Eco-Center for a presentation on the world of dolphins, then head to the bar to enjoy a cocktail or mocktail, best paired with a sunset. Make your way to the jetty to see a family of wild dolphins as they grace the shores of Tangalooma Island Resort for their nightly feed. Then, head back to the wharf to depart for Brisbane at approximately 7:00 PM. After the 75-minute return journey, you will arrive back in Brisbane at approximately 8:15 PM.

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The boat was very clean the staff very welcoming offering assistance to get on board giving safety advice as to how to safely gain access to upper deck. As I have knees that don’t bend very well we choose the lower deck, being able to have a table with window access. The cabin was spacious and the layout was well throughout. The commentary was entertaining and the captain was very knowledgeable about past and present history the river cruise time went very quickly as we were continually looking at landmarks being pointed out to us. The river cruise Staff very helpful and accommodating. The cabin was very comfortable and spacious the boat was not fully booked on the day we took the cruise. But I think even when fully booked the layout would allow everyone to be accommodated without feeing cramped. Morning tea was provided on our cruise the scones looked delicious but we did not partake as we had had breakfast but other passengers assured us they tasted as good as they looked. 10/10

Absolutely one of the most memorable days, the experience of getting that close to wild dolphins is truly amazing. Very friendly staff everywhere at the resort. Great food great facilities.

It was a really good one day trip, enjoyed the activities and food. Only the weather hasn’t that good on the day!!

I found the crew very kind and accommodating. I enjoyed morning tea and lunch and the trip down the river.

Lovely relaxed cruise with infirmary wedding commentary. Nice way to spend an hour or so. Very calming :)