Crystal clear water for snorkelling at Tangalooma wrecks.   Photo Contributed
Crystal clear water for snorkelling at Tangalooma wrecks. Photo Contributed Contributed

Tangalooma dedicated to keeping charm natural

I AM one of those people fortunate enough to have visited Tangalooma Island Resort on many occasions.

Being only 75 minutes away from the Sunshine Coast, my family and I have made it a regular holiday to relax in the beautiful surrounds of Moreton Island.

A visit to the island recently had Tangalooma introducing its guests to a new event - the Tangalooma Laughs Comedy Fest.

The inaugural event was a huge success, with numbers hitting above the targets and the audience wanting more.


Fly over Tangalooma and Moreton Island via helicopter.
Fly over Tangalooma and Moreton Island via helicopter. Contributed

We found out that comedians can get away with talking about topics that are usually taboo, plus they are able to make light-hearted jokes about people in the audience, who still walk away with smiles on their faces.

It was a weekend of comedy organiser Rob Brown would like to turn into a regular event.

"We would like to see comedy become a permanent part of the Tangalooma resort program, with monthly comedy events culminating in an annual festival attracting the best comedians in the country performing for a weekend," Rob said.

He said the comedy event would offer island visitors a different entertainment experience.

"Comedy is the type of entertainment option that has a larger, more diverse demographic appeal than almost any other option," Rob said.

But there are plenty of options at Tangalooma Island Resort for those who want more than a comedy festival.


Relax on the white sand of Tangalooma Island Resort.
Relax on the white sand of Tangalooma Island Resort. Contributed

Tangalooma Island Resort is the visitor hub of Moreton Island, the world's third- largest sand island.

It is an adventure playground as rugged as it is beautiful, offering an amazing experience for both families and couples.

Tangalooma has more than 80 ways to discover and connect with wildlife and the environment.

The 37km island is made up of 98% national park but still has enough area for land and sea based activities for the adrenalin junkie to the calmer waters and free onsite activities.

You can snorkel among the famous Tangalooma Wrecks, take a marine discovery cruise, explore the island by four-wheel drive, toboggan down the giant sand dunes, weave through the parks on a quad bike, or even view the island from a helicopter.

The signature dolphin feeding attracts a huge crowd every night.

Since 1992, wild dolphins have been visiting the shores of Tangalooma to be hand-fed, with the program running to strict guidelines to ensure the safety and protection of the dolphins.

Here is where the education of marine wildlife and the environment begins.

Tangalooma's director of marketing Bernie O'Keefe said guests wanted to get out and immerse themselves in the great outdoors and have encounters with native wildlife in their natural habitats.

"We know first-hand how important it is to protect this magic, and we ensure that all our tours and activities are respectful to the environment, and (where appropriate), we ensure that we do everything we can to educate our guests on the importance of protecting these, and all the world's, natural wonders," he said.

Tangalooma has taken further steps to educate and in 2013 started the Tangalooma EcoMarines: an innovative and effective education and conservation movement to save the marine life of Moreton Bay.

Co-ordinator Penny Limbach said spreading the word was important to saving marine wildlife.

"Tangalooma EcoMarines takes local action to clean up the waterways of Brisbane and to protect and preserve marine life through a wide range of activities," Penny said.

"As a registered charity, the foundation works with schools and sporting clubs, the business sector and community organisations to improve the water quality of waterways throughout south-east Queensland."

Banksia Beach State School has taken on the challenge and has 10 ambassadors this year.

Head of curriculum Brett Somerville said students learned about the environment and how to care for it.

"They gain leadership skills and confidence as they work collaboratively to promote it through the school community."

Tangalooma has turned itself around from being a whaling station for 10 years and slaughtering 6277 whales to now being a world leader in marine life education.

The resort offers you Brisbane's closest whale watching cruise, with the next season starting June, and this will kick off the many events the resort has on offer.

"We are looking to build a host of existing boutique events at the resort over the coming year to complement the amazing facilities that are being upgraded across the resort," Bernie said.

"We are exploring a host of comedy, music, sport and school holiday events into our calendar."

Tangalooma's guest facilities may be unrecognisable to those who have not visited recently.

"We have rebuilt our resort centre, with major upgrades of our reception lounge, tour desks, coffee shop, breakfast buffet restaurant and general resort centre," Bernie said.

"Guest rooms are being upgraded every week, and our most exciting development has just begun with the beginnings of a new bar and restaurant facility in the works, earmarked for an official opening later this year."

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