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A February 2005 trip to Moreton Island by nmagann

Snorkeling Tangalooma Wrecks Photo, Moreton Island, Australia More Photos
Quote: Tangalooma Wrecks, the reason for destination, didn’t disappoint. What an excellent idea for retired or wrecked ships - an artificial reef. But these can be enjoyed by divers and snorkelers and right from the shore. Both the wrecks and the fish are worth the ferry ride. All this on an empty, undeveloped island?

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Cliff Views at Straddie Photo, Moreton Island, Australia
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Being able to take a ferry at the times I wanted and spend as long as I wanted snorkeling around partially submerged wrecks was great. Being able to swim such a short distance and have all those wrecks and fish to myself for over an hour seemed too good to be true. And yet a brief distance away was a resort if I needed anything prior to getting back to the mainland. Somehow the idea of engaging in any of the numerous other activities available would have been a wasted effort. It was superb as it was.Quick Tips: Get as much information on what you may want to do before you go as brochures are few even at the airport. If you are going to exchange money, again do so at the airport as this s...Read More

Moreton Bay Backpackers Hostel

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Hotel | "Moreton Bay Lodge"

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Location: One block from the Esplanade, which is the road along the beach right where the yacht harbor is. You can walk or ride a bike along the path choosing to go either direction. The lodge is upstairs to the left while the right hall leads to Monkey’s Bar & Restaurant. No need to worry about hearing any noise. Several restaurants are on the same block ranging from inexpensive to moderate. There is also a bottle shop and grocery store one block away should you desire to do your own cooking. Unaware I was about 3 blocks from the train station, I called for a pick-up, wherein the owner drove me around to orient myself to where things were in comparison to my location. At the end of the blo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2005

Moreton Bay Backpackers Hostel
45 Cambridge Parade, Cnr Stratton Terrace Manly Harbour, Moreton Bay
Queensland, Australia 4179
1800-800-157

Sails Bistro

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Restaurant

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I will admit that I went into this restaurant because it was right across from where I was staying, I had just gotten back from a tour, and I was hungry. I ate the remainder of my meals here afterwards. Obviously, I’m not the only one impressed, as I figure the locals eat here enough that they have a rewards club, newsletter, bonus birthday points, lunch express of 15 minutes or free, and other offers. The food was outstanding, with unique menu items using fresh ingredients and a very reasonable price. Each table has a number on it. You order at the cashier, and your food is brought to your table. And now for the food… The dinner menu includes steaks, seafood,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 17, 2005

Tangalooma Wrecks

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Attraction

Snorkeling Tangalooma Wrecks Photo, Moreton Island, Australia
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The Tangalooma Wrecks are on Moreton Island, which is reached by a 45-minute ferry ride costing $14 round-trip, preceded by $1 bus ride at the end of my block. I opted for the MiCat ferry, as it is the only boat permitted to land on the island. It also transports individual’s four-wheel-drive drive vehicles and opens up right on the beach for them to drive off. It is rather fun and interesting to watch. I liken it to the landing at Normandy shown in the movies. The wrecks consist of a variety of vessels, currently totaling 15 in all. They are all in a row and a short swim from the beach. In the short distance from the beach to the wrecks I saw absolutely nothing. The pebble-fr...Read More

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Stadbroke Island

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View from Straddie Cliffs Photo, Stradbroke Island, Australia
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Straddie, as the locals refer to this island, is a 1-hour ferry ride away from the Cleveland Train station, which is a 20-minute ride from where I stayed in Manly Harbor. Arrival is in Dunwich from where you take a local bus running every 30 minutes to Point Lookout or be dropped at various drops along the way.Point Lookout is on the windward side of the island and offer dramatic cliff views and crashing waves. A path along the north gorge is quite breathtaking and only takes about an hour. I was able to see turtles swimming down below. Colorful lorikeet birds and goannas seemed to ignore my presence along the meandering path letting me loose myself completely in deep tho...Read More

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nmagann

nmagann
Ventura, California

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