Discover the magic of Moreton Bay
Moreton Bay, the glistening magical aquatic wonderland that sits on Brisbane’s eastern fringe, is just 25km from the CBD – but it’s a galaxy away from the noise and bustle of city life. Moreton Bay stretches from Bribie Island in the north through to the Southern Bay islands, the best known and most popular being North Stradbroke and the incredible Moreton Island.
Moreton Bay’s numerous islands, internationally significant wetlands, seagrass meadows and sandy beaches are protected as a sanctuary for both wildlife and people thanks to its status as a Marine Park. Its habitats provide vital resources for seasonal migrations of wading birds and humpback whales, while marine turtles, dolphins, dugongs, shorebirds, grey nurse sharks and numerous fish species are permanent residents.
This important part of the world is easily explored from Brisbane, with regular fast cats to Moreton Island and numerous Whale Watching tours taking seasonal visitors into the Bay to frolic with the mighty creatures who pass by from late August through to November.
Moreton Island in the bay’s north is home to Tangalooma Island Resort nestled on the mainland side of the island, the city skyline reaching like fingers towards the sky in the west. Here you can indulge in some of the world’s best diving, get adventurous with some sand tobogganing, surfing or quad biking.
Jump on one of the resort’s three dedicated vessels and cruise along the pristine waters of the bay and make your way to as much action as you can handle… or just while the day away on ‘island time’.
Go kayaking and snorkelling around the wrecks just off shore, their rusting frames jutting out of the water like crooked teeth, is an amazing experience. Above the water it’s an eerie paddling course; below it’s a haven of tropical fish jutting in and out of the steely wreck.
The resort offers many self-contained accommodation options set in lush tropical gardens such as the Deep Blue Apartments – views across the water to Brisbane and beyond are just the start. The wonderfully open design brings the outdoors in; huge decks complete with barbecues mean lazy afternoons spent watching the rest of the world go by. Watch the sunset turn the sky tangerine, the water like rippling silk - the Glasshouse Mountains in stark relief on the horizon.
To fully appreciate this amazing island, spend time with the marine scientists and learn about the whales, dugongs and dolphins that make the pristine waters of the bay their home – and the threats they face on a daily basis.
Come dusk, people make their way to the jetty to catch a glimpse of Tangalooma’s other stars – the bottle-nosed dolphin pod that come in for a free feed at this time every day.
Guests are invited down to feed fish to the pod, first disinfecting their hands. Between 200kg and 300kg, full-grown the dolphins are incredibly gentle as they take the tasty treats, turning on their sides to stare curiously up at visitors with large, liquid eyes.