Tangalooma Island Resort Review – beyond the beauty

Amazing sunset at Tangalooma Island

I have to say when I first booked Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island, 40 kilometres off the coast of Brisbane, I had some reservations.

Sure the website looks fantastic, with a plethora of activities and breathtaking scenery, but some of the feedback online wasn’t so flattering.

After travelling twice a year with our two children since my eldest was born eight years ago, and visiting all manner of family resorts only to often leave feeling disheartened – I had some trepidation; but within a matter of hours Tangalooma had won us over.

From three years old to 15 years old, there is simply so much for children to do – they will be begging you to take them back to the roomy villa for a break.

Tangalooma Island Beach

Most people are aware that you can feed the dolphins, but oh Tangalooma, you are so much more.

Whale watching (we saw 26 whales), sand surfing (kids can ride on mum or dad’s back), Quad bike tours, helicopter rides, kayaking, boat hire and fish feeding .. are just a few of the paid activities.

As for free activities – there’s a tennis court, swimming pools, eco walks, pelican and kookaburra feeding and movie nights – to name but a few. See the full list  of free activities here.

While at many resorts you’re limited to one restaurant, Tangalooma has a beach café, with just a narrow pathway separating you and the beach, so you can order all manner of things – including restaurant quality specials of Mexican, Italian or Indian, and the classics – fish and chips.  There are also two other restaurants and a coffee shop.

There are lots of accommodation options, but we choose the beachfront villa, which are two bedroom, two level townhouses with incredible views – and back a little bit from the hustle and bustle of the main dining and shopping area of the resort.

Quad Biking

They also have a full kitchen, and being so close to Brisbane, you can just fill up an esky and bring it with you on the ferry (alcohol isn’t permitted, but can be purchased on the island).

So if you’re after an packed holiday with what feels like an endless array of activities – this is the place for you.

Get on the beach, on the water, in the air or on the sand desert – and at the end of the day you can sit outside at the beach café with a glass of whatever takes your fancy and watch the sunset, while the kids play right in front of you on the soft sandy beach.

Tip: Take a pram if you have very young children because it is quite a walk from one end of the resort to the other.

What a view

This blog post  is courtesy of Kirstie Bedford. Kirstie started her career as a journalist covering hard news, but always had a yearning to travel.

Working for Tourism New Zealand in her 20s she was lucky to visit some of the most remote and remarkable parts of her own country, hosting international media to many destinations only accessible by helicopter or boat.

When she got married, it was only fitting that instead of a beach resort, her and husband Dave spent five weeks trekking around Europe.

They returned to New Zealand and several years later moved to Australia, where they’ve been living for seven years, and where Kirstie works as a PR consultant focusing on the food, wine/beverage and tourism sectors.

Kirstie is also a committee member of the International Food Wine Travel Writers Association – Australasia.

With two young boys her travels are a bit closer to home these days, but her bucket list grows by the day and she hopes to one day cross them all off the list – sharing her experiences as she goes.

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The Resort from above