Just over an hour from Brisbane by boat lies a truly unique Australian experience. Imagine coming face-to-face with one of the world's favourite mammals, the dolphin! Now many of us have been and seen places like Seaworld, where we can view dolphins in captivity that have been taught how to do an array of stunning tricks in return for a fishy treat. But here in the shallows of Moreton Bay you can get up close and personal with these amazing animals in their natural habitat.
Tangalooma Island Resort is the base for this experience which happens every night around dusk on Moreton Island - the third largest sand island in the world. The opportunity to interact with these graceful bottle-nosed dolphins is available to both guests staying at the resort and also for visitors to the island on a day trip that book in for the experience.
An "Extended Day Trip" to the island which includes feeding the dolphins, starts at $95.00 per adult and $50.00 per child. This will include boat transfer to and from the island along with the dolphin feeding experience.
Be aware though that this does not include the price of food, drink or water activities. You are welcome to bring across your own food and drink to the island or you can purchase meals from one of a number of places to eat including a cafe and two restaurants, not to mention a general store.
Swimming in one of the two resort pools are free, however be aware that the pools are looking somewhat rundown and are quite small so it can get pretty crowded in there. Swimming is also perfectly safe in the pristine, turquoise waters of the beach. The beach faces the mainland and is excellent for swimming as there are no waves.
There are a host of mini tours and activities that you can participate in on the island but these all involve extra costs so it's worthwhile researching these before you go.
Moreton Island From The Air / Source: Tangalooma Resort website
The day cruise leaves at either 7am or 10am from Holt Street Wharf in Brisbane. Parking is available in the car park there for $15.00 flat rate per day (just a hint - there is plenty of off street parking for free). The boat leaves the island at approximately 8pm in the evening straight after the dolphin feeding experience is completed so either way you are in for a long day.
A tutorial is given by staff from the Dolphin Education Centre prior to the feeding getting underway. A couple of tips in regards to the experience are: You may not touch the folphins! It is actually illegal to touch or handle a dolphin in Australian waters and the good news is you may take photos while participating in the feeding but you are not able to use a flash. Alternatively you may purchase the professional photos taken from the resorts photo shop. These are not cheap but are certainly a once in a lifetime experience. If you are a dolphin lover, you will love the wild dolphin feeding experience on beautiful Moreton Island.