We’ve been ‘locals’ now for 13 years and hadn’t explored this piece of Queensland paradise, so when ‘research’ called to explore this tropical island for one night’s stay and a full two-day itinerary – excitement was very high!

We boarded the ferry from Brisbane’s Holt Street Wharf and headed straight to the top deck to secure a seat with a view. The ferry ride itself was a fun adventure to kick start our weekend away. In just over an hour we arrived at this magnificent piece of paradise lined with crystal blue and aqua waters.

First up on the itinerary was a two-hour Marine Discovery Tour. We boarded the glass bottom catamaran and set out northwards along the coastline to explore the Moreton Bay marine life. We spotted green sea turtles, rays and a dugong! Heading back down the coastline, we cruised slowly around the Tangalooma Wrecks – a cluster of ships purposely sunk by the Queensland Government between 1963 and 1984 to provide safe anchorage for boat owners. The Wrecks are home to a large variety of different species of reef fish, coral and marine life. We took a few minutes to feed the fish from the boat and then cruised back to the resort for our next adventure.

Back on land, we officially checked in and explored our room and the resort pool before heading off again on our next adventure – the ATV Quad Bike Tour. The anticipation was high for this one. We had been talking about it all week, and the tour did not disappoint – it was an agreed family fave! Three of us had our own bikes while our eight-year-old dinked on the back. We spent 45 minutes cruising along the beach and into the sand dunes with our tour guide. We even stopped for a moment to take it all in and grab a family photo with the sunset as our backdrop – it was a perfect moment.

We parked the bikes and set off on foot, stopping along the walkway to join in on the daily Kookaburra feeding and talk before heading to our Dolphin Feeding experience, which is one of the experiences Tangalooma Island Resort is renowned for. The kids loved hand feeding the wild bottle-nose dolphins, and we were even lucky enough to spot one of the baby dolphins with her mum. We finished the day with dinner and drinks and soaked up the island vibe by night, chatting about the best bits of our day before heading back for some well-earned rest!

Day Two started with a buffet breakfast and some time on the island to walk and explore the shoreline, with a coffee in one hand and the camera in the other. The kids jumped on the resort trampoline, played in the park and drew in the sand.

Packed and ready to go, we then set out for a half day Whale Watching Cruise – undoubtedly one of the most iconic experiences in South East Queensland. Our day out in the ocean was spectacular. We sighted over 20 whales and got up close and personal, with quite a few of them breaching right alongside the boat. These majestic creatures had us all in awe!

With a camera roll full of photos and videos, it was time to head back to land and say goodbye to Tangalooma Island Resort. It really is a hidden slice of paradise nestled so close to our busy city lives.

Whether you’re looking to escape for a weekend away or for your annual family holiday, there’s no need to get on a plane and push the holiday budget – we have paradise right here at our doorstep!


Bec Watts

Bec Watts