7 reasons to take kids to Tangalooma Island Resort
A short ferry ride off the coast of Brisbane lies the little slice of paradise that is Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island. Take the kids for a day trip or a family vacay thatís all about relaxing, unwinding and connecting.
1. Family-sized rooms and suites
Our room was large enough for a family of five to stay in, possibly even six, and included a dining table, 3/4 size fridge, an electric frypan, toaster and other cooking facilities, with a BBQ right outside the door too. Great rooms for families to stay in without being cramped as well as being able to make their own food. The island has a general store with groceries, but you can also buy yours on the mainland and bring them over on the ferry (we placed our cold goods in their refrigerator onboard).
2. Family-friendly facilities
Tangalooma is made for families. Kids have free run of the resort, with two swimming pools (one is shallow so perfect for kids), a playground and sporting areas including tennis, squash, boule, basketball, badminton and croquet. Hire equipment with a refundable cash deposit or bring your own. There are five casual and upmarket restaurants, all of which are kid-friendly.
3. Beautiful beaches
Moreton Island has spectacular beaches! The waves are on the flatter side so ideal for kids to splash in, but what they really enjoy the most is the wide expanses of sand. Whether you bring your own sand toys or use natureís equipment for digging, the sand provides hours of entertainment for creative kiddos and their parents. An extra bonus is the 15 shipwrecks off the coast of the island, which make for a really fun talking point with kids.
4. Adventure activities
If youíre an active family, book in for one of the many adventure activities on offer such as kayaking, snorkelling, sand dune tobogganing or speeding up the beach on a Segway.
5. Wildlife galore
Moreton Bay is home to a large population of dugongs, dolphins, green and loggerhead sea turtles. Take a Marine Discovery Cruise into the bay to see these creatures up close. 15,000 whales also pass by the island every year on their migration between June and September and while they can be spotted from the island shore, take a whale watching cruise to get up close and personal with these giants of the deep. On the island youíll spy plenty of birds and reptiles, too.
6. Getting there is a breeze
One of the biggest reasons to love Tangalooma is how close it is to Brisbane! Itís one of the easiest islands to get to from mainland Australia, just a 75 minute ferry trip away. The island is therefore an easy day trip and also cuts down the cost of transport since no flights are needed. Itís also ideal for the time poor, as itís a lot faster to get there than if you need to go through an airport.
7. Feed wild dolphins
Saving the best for last, you can feed wild dolphins at Tangalooma! Two close-knit dolphin families have been visiting the island for over 25 years. After sunset, resort guests have the chance to hand feed these beautiful creatures.
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