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Published January 13th 2013
Having fun in the sun and water at Moreton Island
This year for my work Christmas party, I got the chance to go to Moreton Island, off Brisbane's coast, with Dolphin Wild Cruises.
The day began with us departing from Newport Marina in Scarborough, north of the city. From here the island is about 1 hour away, so you can sit back and relax for awhile. Then it is time to hop into a sexy wet-suit and do some boom-netting behind the boat, which was a bit of fun.
Next we got to go snorkelling. It was an extra charge of $20 but worth it. There is a great array of fish calling the Tangalooma wrecks home. The wrecks themselves were amazing to swim above, around and through. The fifteen vessels that form the site were deliberately sunk to form a break wall for small boats, and a fantastic diving and snorkelling site.
The best part of the snorkelling trip was when the instructor threw bread into the ocean for fish feeding. Tropical fish swimming centimetres in front of my face? Priceless.
After this adventure activity it was lunch time. The buffet that is included was sensational - cold ham, chicken and prawns together with a variety of salads. Once you have eaten yourself into a food coma you are taken over to the actual island for swimming, relaxing, sand-dune climbing, whatever tickles your fancy.
Once everyone is back on the boat it is time for some education - fun education though, trust me. The boat cruises along the Moreton Island foreshore, with one of the guides on a microphone telling us about the island's history as a whaling station and the beautiful marine life we could see. I got a great seat at the front of the boat and got to see maybe a dugong (we weren't sure) and three sea turtles. Then it was time for the cruise back to the mainland.
We got back into the marina at about 4pm. It was such a great day and I would recommend a trip to Moreton Island to anyone.