Where is Tangalooma Island Resort?

Tangalooma Island Resort Aerial

The third largest sand island in the world, Queensland’s Moreton Island is home to Tangalooma Island Resort. Located on the central western coast of the island, the resort is famous for the wild bottle-nose dolphins that visit and are hand-fed there daily. Tangalooma provides a tropical island getaway within short reach of Brisbane and is the perfect relaxed destination for a family holiday. Whether seeking an action-packed holiday, or a peaceful break to unwind from the daily routine, Tangalooma Resort’s focus on nature, education and adventure has it covered. Best of all, its close proximity to Brisbane makes it possible for a short tropical island holiday (or even a day trip), without the need for long flights and the associated expense of other island destinations.

Getting there

Tangalooma Island Resort ferry

There are several options for travelling to Tangalooma Island Resort and Moreton Island –

  • The Tangalooma Flyer – Perhaps the easiest mode of transport to Tangalooma is the passenger ferry; a high speed catamaran that departs from Holt Street Wharf at Pinkenba three times daily. The trip across takes around 75 minutes, and pre-bookings are highly recommended. Check-in is required at least 30 minutes prior to departure at Holt Street Wharf, or at the Ticket Hut on the island, with luggage porterage included in the return transfer price. For guests staying at the resort, luggage is delivered directly to the room. Return ferries to Brisbane also leave Tangalooma three times daily. The final launch time for the ferry departing Tangalooma can vary as it only sets off once the nightly dolphin feeding program concludes. This is approximately 7pm in winter, 7.30pm in spring and autumn and 8pm in summer. For more information, please visit www.tangalooma.com/info/general_information/launch_timetables.
  • Vehicle Barge – 4WD owners can catch the MiCat barge from the Port of Brisbane to the beach adjacent to the Tangalooma wrecks, located north of the resort. This option allows for a self-paced exploration of the island, with the freedom to drive along the beach and through the sandy bush tracks at leisure. For MiCat departure times and bookings, please phone +61 7 3909 3333, or visit www.moretonislandadventures.com.au/getting-there.
  • Helicopter Transfers – Travel like a VIP to or from the resort with a helicopter transfer and take in the breathtaking views of Moreton Bay from above. Bookings can be made in advance online, or at the resort, with several mainland departure and arrival location options available. Contact Tangalooma Reservations on +61 7 3637 2000, or email tangaloomaheli@chopperline.com for more info.
  • Private Boat – Private boat moorings are available, and mooring fees do apply. Contact Tangalooma Water Sports prior to arrival on +61 7 3410 6924, or email tws@tangatours.com to find out more.

Resort facilities

Tangalooma Island Resort

Tangalooma Island Resort’s low rise buildings stretch along the beach, housing several types of accommodation options—from hotel style to holiday villa—designed to meet the needs of every guest. Dining options include a restaurant, causal beach café, coffee shop and bar, and a convenience store selling a variety of foods for self-catering. A dedicated tour desk manages all land-based activity bookings, whilst Tanga Tours and Tangalooma Water Sports at the resort book all of the water-based pursuits. Many free pastimes are also catered for at Tangalooma Island Resort, including tennis, basketball, boules, croquet, table tennis, volleyball, beach volleyball, a children’s playground and two swimming pools. The Marine Education and Conservation Centre is a hub of information about the island’s history and environment, hosting guided tours, information presentations and school excursions all year round.

For more information about Tangalooma Island Resort, including accommodation bookings, activities and tours available, please visit www.tangalooma.com/info/home.

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