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Tangalooma: Snorkeling the Shipwrecks and More

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An August 2006 trip to Moreton Island by stomps

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Quote: This was a day trip to Moreton Island, the second largest sand island in the world, and to its harbour of shipwrecks.

Tangalooma: Snorkeling the Shipwrecks and More

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Overview

Tangalooma Wrecks Photo, Moreton Island, Australia
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When you talk about snorkeling to anyone in South East Queensland, invariably they will respond with "have you been to the Tangalooma shipwrecks?" These wrecks, just off the coast of the second largest sand island in the world, Moreton Island, provide wonderful snorkeling and diving and are incredibly unique; while they aren’t quite as awe-inspiring as the Great Barrier Reef to the north, I don’t know of any other place where so many wrecks are so accessible.You can see the shipwrecks when you dock in the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort, but the rusty hulls sticking out of the water are still about a kilometer’s walk up the beach. If you think it seems odd that so many wrecks would sink in ...Read More

Beach Cafe and Coffee Shop

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Restaurant | "The Beach Cafe & The Coffee Shop"

Beach Cafe and Coffee Shop Photo, Moreton Island, Australia
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When we arrived in Tangalooma around 9 o’clock, James was starving and I could feel the growling beginning to grow louder in my stomach. In the short time we had before our ATV tour, we stopped at the Coffee Shop, which seemed to be the only place open. I wasn’t sure what to get until James pointed out their toasted sandwiches, with ham, cheese, & tomato only costing $6—not much of a markup, considering all the food had to be shipped from the mainland. The sandwiches were surprisingly good, although I suppose it’s pretty difficult to mess up a sandwich.There were a couple nice-looking restaurants in the Tangalooma resort, one of which had a buffet with decent choices for $19.50. Unfortunatel...Read More

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Beach Cafe and Coffee Shop
Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort
Brisbane, Australia
+61 7 3410 6000

ATV Quad Bike Tour

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Attraction

ATV Quad Bike Tour Photo, Moreton Island, Australia
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On the ferry to Tangalooma, we saw a video that was chock full of activities that we could do at the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort. I was interested in parasailing, since I really wanted to try it out in Cairns but missed out, but part of the intrigue there was the spectacular views of both the mountains and the reef. Plus, when we saw quad bikes spraying sand in the dunes, James’ eyes lit up. I knew this was much more up his alley, so when we walked up to the Tours desk in the Resort, next to the Beach Café and Coffee Shop, I booked two of us for the earliest tour possible.The beginning of our tour consisted of our group (James, me, a parent with 3 children and a parent with 1 child) being...Read More

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ATV Quad Bike Tour
Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort
Brisbane, Australia

Tangalooma Wrecks Dive Site

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Attraction | "Snorkeling the Tangalooma Shipwrecks"

Tangalooma Wrecks Dive Site Photo, Moreton Island, Australia
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The twelve old government ships which now form a harbour at Tangalooma present an interesting sight. I had only ever seen one shipwreck (at least that looked like a shipwreck) before—the Maheno, on 75 Mile Beach on Fraser Island—and it wasn’t nearly as interesting as the rusty shapes I saw as we inched closer to Moreton on the Tangalooma Express. As these brown shapes took a more definite form and became bows and bulkheads, I got even more excited, especially since I knew that what the ships held under the surface was just as striking as the ship graveyard above.Once we reached the little peninsula on the beach just across from the first wrecks, we found a suitable place off of the beach (sinc...Read More

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Tangalooma Wrecks Dive Site
Landward Side
Moreton Island, Australia

Tangalooma Wrecks Dive Site

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Attraction | "Snorkeling the Tangalooma Shipwrecks, pt. 2"

Tangalooma Wrecks Dive Site Photo, Moreton Island, Australia
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This entry is a continuation of Snorkeling the Tangalooma Shipwrecks.I suppose the visibility was about 5m or so, but it changed depending on the current and how much was rushing past you. James said the visibility was worse than the last time he had been, but it was still good enough to see the wrecks and their hidden treasures—you just had to get a bit closer.We quickly realized that grabbing onto the wrecks for support against the current was a little more difficult than it looked. It wasn’t quite low tide, but it certainly wasn’t high tide, so there was a fair amount of hull that is sometimes submersed sticking out above the water. This meant that a fair amount of oysters were visi...Read More

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Tangalooma Wrecks Dive Site
Landward Side
Moreton Island, Australia

Tangalooma Wrecks Dive Site

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Attraction | "Snorkeling the Tangalooma Shipwrecks, pt. 3"

Tangalooma Wrecks Dive Site Photo, Moreton Island, Australia
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This entry is a continuation of Snorkeling the Tangalooma Wrecks, pt. 2.James took the warning on the wrecks very seriously—so much so that when I was exploring cabins, he was sitting on the roof taking a breather and enjoying the view. At one point he climbed up and old staircase to get a better look at the upper part of the ship.We worked our way to the top of the southernmost ship and then swam north along the bay side of the wrecks, since James said this was the more interesting side. We did this for about another hour, taking in all the coral and schools of fish. At one point, I found a little nook where there was neon pink coral growing—the brightest coral we’d seen all day—so I ...Read More

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Tangalooma Wrecks Dive Site
Landward Side
Moreton Island, Australia

Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort

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Story/Tip

Coming in to Tangalooma Photo, Moreton Island, Australia
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The Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort is one of four settlements on national park-covered Moreton Island, and is the starting point for many visitors. I don’t know what I was expecting before the Tangalooma Express pulled up at the wharf, but I liked what I saw. The resort is expansive and stretches along a good amount of beach and back into the sand dunes, yet it isn’t disgustingly overdone. In fact, at one point when I was sitting in the Beach Café, I truly felt like I was in a small, tropical resort. I would have enjoyed staying there…had I had the $280 a night to fork over!The name of the Wild Dolphin Resort comes from the dolphins which frequent the shores in the evening. We passed by a bo...Read More