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Visiting Spooky Island - Moreton Island, Australia

An October 2003 trip to Moreton Island by Fly_Girl

Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort Photo, Brisbane, Australia More Photos
Quote: Moreton Island, accessible by ferry from Brisbane, is also known as Spooky Island. During my visit to Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort I found out how it came to be known by that name. Hint: Ask Sarah Michelle Gellar, or read this journal!

Visiting Spooky Island - Moreton Island, Australia

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If you haven't yet guessed, Moreton Island got its nickname because it was the backdrop for the area known as Spooky Island in the first Scooby Doo motion picture (starring Sarah Michelle Gellar). In fact, if you visit Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort, you may just run into zombies...kinda. Some members of the resort's staff were cast as extras in the film!Quick Tips: As soon as you arrive, check the resort's board of activities, then go to the desk and make your arrangements immediately! You don't want to find yourself sitting on the sidelines because you didn't make your bookings soon enough! Although there is a store on the island, think about bringing a cooler with food from the m...Read More

Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort

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Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort Photo, Brisbane, Australia
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I stayed at this resort in the middle of my trip, and chose villa accommodations for one major reason...I wanted a washing machine so I could pack half as much and count on laundering my clothes mid-vacation! However, there are many room types from which to choose, ranging from standard hotel rooms (which sleep four) to the villas (which sleep eight). Having a full kitchen was also wonderful, as I started to miss my own cooking by this point! Only one other feature was absent...air conditioning! Thank goodness it was quite windy during my stay. Ceiling fans also helped. Just beware when visiting that you may not have air conditioning in your room! Here's another option, and something many v...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 2, 2003

Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort
Eagle Farm
Brisbane, Australia 4009
+61 (0)7 3268 6333

Sand Tobogganing

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Sand Dune on Moreton Island Photo, Moreton Island, Australia
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The island is surrounded by natural sand dunes, which provide resort guests this very unique opportunity usually only found in a desert setting. Sign up in advance, then show up at reception at the appointed time. A very large four-wheel-drive vehicle will be waiting to take you on a bit of an eco-tour as you make your way to the dunes for a high-speed, downhill experience you won't soon forget! Be sure to wear sunglasses, as you don't want sand in your eyes. Long sleeves and pants are also recommended, because as you careen down the dunes, sand can get in cracks and crevices you weren't aware even existed! You should be in reasonably good shap...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 2, 2003

Wild Dolphin Feeding

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Every night, wild bottle-nosed dolphins that live in Moreton Bay show up at the resort for their supper. Well, almost every night! Because the dolphins don't live in captivity, the resort can't guarantee their appearance; however, I was told that Tangalooma has had only three nights that zero dolphins turned up at feeding time. That's a pretty good record! (On the night that I fed the beautiful mammals, they were all there...including the cute baby dolphin!) After a brief talk from the dolphin handlers, groups were lined up on the beach to disinfect their hands. Groups of two were escorted into the water by a trainer. On his or her signal, feeders dropped their hands into the water,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 2, 2003

Pelican Feeding

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The Pelican Lady Photo, Moreton Island, Australia
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Although guests must remain off the beach, they are still afforded an excellent view of the pelicans.



A member of the animal care team will don a microphone and plug into the PA system twice a day, at pre-set feeding times. The staff member gives a lecture about the waterfowl as she tosses the fish in her bag to the birds, and then takes questions from the guests gathered on the dock.



The feeding is open to all guests, and there is no charge for this activity.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 2, 2003