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Published June 7th 2012
ONE of the biggest complaints you hear from people is that Brisbane is boring. They may have a point. Sort of.
It's true we don't have a beautiful harbour, truly iconic building (the XXXX Brewery in Milton doesn't really count), or a world-famous arts culture. But they're missing the point of Brisbane: we do have a river you can cruise up and down on regular public transport, and the Gallery of Modern Art continues to astound with every visit. Oh, and one of the world's largest sand islands just off the coast too.
It was this last one that saw our hardy crew at Pinkenba one overcast Wednesday morning waiting for the boat to take us out to Moreton Island. Once there we went to the Adventure Moreton Island office, where staff booked us in for our various activities for the day.
First up was a trip out to the Tangalooma Wrecks for a guided snorkel tour, where Sheridan somehow managed to guide a fairly large group safely through the wrecks and also tell us a bit about what exactly we were looking at. After that our group decided they hadn't had enough time out in the water, taking the chance to jump on a banana boat ride. Getting towed behind a fast jet-ski is always a lot of fun; coming off only slightly less so.
After a well-deserved lunch break we then broke up into little groups to take advantage of some of the free activities on offer before our Segway tours. The Segways were fun, if not a little difficult to control in the soft sand.
Some went for a wander around the Tangalooma Resort and some some quality time lazing by the pool, while others decided to play some tennis. At least three out of four were playing tennis at any rate; later many tried their hands at archery before deciding there were no William Tells among us.
We topped the day off the best way known: pizzas, drinks, and dolphin feeding.
The best thing about the day was that we got to choose what we did. Adventure Moreton Island has a list of activities to choose from, with a number of free activities like tennis, beach volleyball, or even just lazing by the pool to fill in the gaps.
Brisbane boring? Spend a day with these guys and you'll soon change your tune.