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HOTEL REVIEW: Tangalooma Island Resort

Tangalooma Island Resort really is paradise and I am surprised at the South Pacific feel of this resort in close proximity to the city of Brisbane.

Located on Moreton Island, one of Australia’s top 3 largest islands, the laid back atmosphere, golden sandy beach and crystal blue waters makes you feel you are miles away from the big smoke. Looking back at the mainland you can only just make out Brisbane CBD on a clear day.

The resort is protected on the bay side which acts as nature’s theme park where amazing natural encounters are just part of the everyday experience. When I say natural encounters, I am talking an abudance of wildlife on and off shore.

The resort is best known for the wild dolphin experience where guests can hand feed a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins. However, this is just the start of what Tangalooma Island Resort has to offer.


Tangalooma Island Resort offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and tastes, ranging from Hotel rooms, Units, Suites and Villas, through to our premium modern apartments and holiday homes – all located with access to what has to be one of Australia’s best beaches. I stay in the Deep Blue Apartments which I like as you have the option to self-cater and acts as a home away from home. There is a certain intimacy being away from the main part of the resort, however you can still enjoy all the resort facilities and atmosphere. The apartments directly overlook the nightly dolphin feeding, and boast uninterrupted views across Moreton Bay, with the Glasshouse Mountains visible by day, picture perfect evening sunsets and the glowing lights of Brisbane City by night. I also think these are in a prime spot to watch the sun set over the mainland – stunning!


Tangalooma Island Resort offers a number of tours and activities so you certainly will not get bored. These range from the active ATV Quad Bike Tours, Marine Discovery Cruise, the Desert Safari tour including sand tobogganing and snorkeling sunken shipwrecks to relaxing beach walks, wildlife encounters and whale watching cruises. The star attraction at the resort is the unique guest activity of hand feeding a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins. I must admit the sand tobogganing is much more than I imagined and had an absolute ball. I was also happy to experience a natural way to feed the wild dolphins, all done ethically and in the best interest for the dolphins.


Staying in the Deep Blue Apartments means I can cook up a BBQ for dinner, while still enjoying the resort for breakfast and lunch. For an island resort, Tangalooma offers an array of dining options, tailored to a laid-back and casual getaway for all guests. There is both local and internationally inspired flavours on offer. I enjoyed a hot buffet breakfast in the morning, casual beach style takeaway pizza for lunch and a BBQ on my balcony of the appartment in the evening. There is also a nighlife where you can shoot a round of billiards on the resort pool tables all while enjoying live music, and a refreshing beverage from the new constructed resort bar.

For more visit www.tangalooma.com 

Travel Journalist Kate Webster was a guest at Tangalooma Island Resort. This review is a true account and has not approved nor edited with all words by Kate.