Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled

Tangalooma: Sand Dunes, Shipwrecks and Sea Creatures

Once a whaling station, Tangalooma is now a bustling resort town on Moreton Island surrounded by a lush national park and pure white sandy beaches. Visitors to Tangalooma have the choice of renting a wide range of accommodation within the resort or booking private villas sprawled across the beach and in the hills. Make sure to bring your swimsuit, as chances are you’ll be spending most of your Tangalooma holidays in the water or on the sand. From feeding dolphins to cascading down sand dunes, action is guaranteed under the sun, with extra offerings such as snorkelling and whale watching to complete your marine break.

Meet Marine Mammals On and Offshore

While holidaying on Moreton Island, visitors have multiple opportunities to get to know local marine life. And you don’t even have to get wet if you don’t want to.

Perhaps the most well-known attraction in Tangalooma, dolphin feedings next to the jetty, attracts young and old. All visitors have to do is step into the shallow waters on the beach for a pod of friendly wild dolphins to come right up. You can handfeed these social marine mammals or watch friends and family do so from the floodlit jetty.

From the end of June to the end of October each year, an estimated 17,000 humpback whales pass through the waters around Moreton Island. Fun for the whole family, tours depart the Tangalooma Jetty daily to view these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Onboard each cruise is a certified Tangalooma Eco Ranger. On these tours, which guarantee whale sightings or your money back, travellers typically also spy dolphins, stingrays and sea turtles.

Explore the Tangalooma Wrecks

Scuba diving and snorkelling enthusiasts can get a closer look at Moreton Island’s underwater life on an expedition to the Tangalooma wrecks, which consist of 15 purposefully sunken ships. These vessels now create a break wall for smaller boats and give visitors the chance to visit a wreck as well as take in the area’s colourful tropical fish. Travellers can dive into the crystal clear waters by themselves or as part of an organised tour and all the necessary equipped is available for hire at Tangalooma Water Sports. If you’re after a full day of water sports, snorkelling tours can be combined with kayaking.

Plenty of Spots for Some Quiet Fishing

Tangalooma and Moreton Island are sufficiently uninhabited that it is easy to find a quiet stretch of beach or rock formation where you can cast your line and fish the day away. Fish directly off the rocks at North Point to reel in various species. A short distance away, you’ll find the Cape Moreton Lighthouse, from which some of the largest fish on the island have been caught. If you prefer deep sea fishing, you can do so along 40km of coast off Moreton Island, where tailor, among many other species, are known to live. The months of August to December are famous for their Tailor Run. Fisherman flock to these waters to try to bring in the mighty tailor that always fight vigorously when caught; if you prefer a more active and social fishing experience, just join a group of fishermen on the lookout for tailor.

Sand Adventures on Moreton Island

Moreton Island is home to several naturally formed sand dunes. Visitors can go sand tobogganing and sand boarding or rent a 4WD vehicle to explore the dunes more thoroughly. One of Moreton Island’s dunes reaches 285m above sea level. Those who like hiking challenges can walk to the top, where they’ll be rewarded with panoramic vies over the island, coast and ocean. Otherwise, rent a toboggan and slide down to the beach or, for an adrenaline rush, try to stay standing while ‘surfing’ down the hills. There are sand dunes to suit each age and experience level. Children and beginners can learn to toboggan on the Small Sand hill or in The Desert and those familiar with sand boarding can head to the southern end of the island from some thrills on the Big Sand hills.

Holidays in Tangalooma

As Tangalooma consists primarily of a resort, there is no shortage of activities for families, groups of friends, single travellers and couples. On the flipside, visitors wishing to cook their own food on holiday should bring most of their supplies with them, as the resort offers a few restaurants and a convenience store but no supermarket.

Tangalooma is within easy reach of Brisbane and can be accessed via ferry departing the city’s Holt Street Wharf. In 75 minutes, you’ll be on those pristine sands.

Favorite
    avg/night
    2
    Favorite
      avg/night
      3
      Favorite
        Excellent! 4.7/5
        (10 reviews)
        avg/night
        10
        Favorite
          avg/night
          2
          Favorite
            Wonderful! 4.9/5
            (8 reviews)
            avg/night
            8
            Favorite
              Exceptional! 5/5
              (8 reviews)
              avg/night
              8
              Favorite
                Excellent! 4.7/5
                (9 reviews)
                avg/night
                9
                Favorite
                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                  (9 reviews)
                  avg/night
                  9
                  Favorite
                    avg/night
                    1
                    Favorite
                      avg/night
                      Favorite
                        avg/night
                        1
                        Favorite
                          avg/night
                          2
                          Favorite
                            avg/night
                            Favorite
                              avg/night
                              Favorite
                                avg/night
                                Favorite
                                  avg/night
                                  Favorite
                                    avg/night
                                    Favorite
                                      avg/night
                                      1
                                      Favorite
                                        avg/night
                                        Favorite
                                          avg/night
                                          Favorite
                                            avg/night
                                            1
                                            Favorite
                                              avg/night
                                              Favorite
                                                avg/night
                                                Favorite
                                                  avg/night
                                                  Favorite
                                                    avg/night
                                                    Favorite
                                                      avg/night
                                                      Favorite
                                                        avg/night
                                                        Favorite
                                                          avg/night
                                                          Favorite
                                                            avg/night
                                                            Favorite
                                                              avg/night
                                                              Favorite
                                                                avg/night
                                                                Favorite
                                                                  avg/night
                                                                  Favorite
                                                                    avg/night
                                                                    Favorite
                                                                      avg/night
                                                                      3
                                                                      Favorite
                                                                        Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                        (5 reviews)
                                                                        avg/night
                                                                        5
                                                                        Favorite
                                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                          (8 reviews)
                                                                          avg/night
                                                                          8
                                                                          Favorite
                                                                            Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                            (10 reviews)
                                                                            avg/night
                                                                            10
                                                                            Favorite
                                                                              avg/night
                                                                              3
                                                                              Favorite
                                                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                (11 reviews)
                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                11
                                                                                Favorite
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                  (7 reviews)
                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                  7
                                                                                  Favorite
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                    (26 reviews)
                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                    26
                                                                                    Favorite
                                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                      (8 reviews)
                                                                                      View details for price
                                                                                      8
                                                                                      Favorite
                                                                                        View details for price
                                                                                        Favorite
                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                          (35 reviews)
                                                                                          avg/night
                                                                                          35
                                                                                          Favorite
                                                                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                            (11 reviews)
                                                                                            avg/night
                                                                                            11
                                                                                            Favorite
                                                                                              View details for price
                                                                                              4
                                                                                              Favorite
                                                                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                (6 reviews)
                                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                                6
                                                                                                Favorite
                                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                                  2
                                                                                                  Favorite
                                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                    (16 reviews)
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    16
                                                                                                    Favorite
                                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                                      3

                                                                                                      Tangalooma Accommodation (293)

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Unforgettable

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We brought our large family here for a week, we have previously stayed in three other villas and this was BY far the most thought out/well appointed and homely stay we have had so far. The kitchen is modern and well stocked with every appliance you could need. Immaculately clean and beautifully decorated. We also appreciated the king sized bed and flat screen tv. We will be only staying at villa 19 from now on.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2017

                                                                                                      Excellent apartment!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This was our second stay at this apartment! It is extremely well maintained, very clean, everything you need for a very comfortable holiday, and us in a lovely and very central location in Redcliffe.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2017