Family fun in Tangalooma

Myth: it takes a trip abroad to find island paradise.

Off the famous coastline of Queensland lies Australia's hidden island treasures: Tangalooma, a turquoise blue paradise perfect for families. Set on the subtropical oasis of Moreton Island, the stunning, protected coastline is only half the beauty of Tangalooma Island Resort. Travellers from far and wide travel to the post-card destination for unforgettable adventures across land, sea and air. Tangalooma has it all - these 7 family-friendly activities are just the beginning.

1. Dolphin feeding

Home to hundreds of dolphins, Tangalooma is the perfect place for families to hand feed these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Every evening at dusk, bottlenose dolphins playfully make their way to the waterline to meet families for their first dinner course.

Father and daughter feeding a dolphin in Tangalooma

2. Illuminated kayaking

Exploring the Tangalooma Wrecks by night is magical to say the least. Depart the shore at sunset on a transparent kayak, float towards the wrecks, and as the sun sinks below the horizon, activate your kayak's illuminated glow and watch the sea life beneath you.  

The glow of illuminated kayaking in Tangalooma

3. Quad biking

Whether you’ve manned a quad bike before or not, the experience is exhilarating every time. Take your 4-wheel ATV bike and follow a guide down the banks of white sand and traverse elevated peaks in figures of eight.

 Parents enjoying quad biking on Moreton Island2

4. Sand tobogganing

As one of the world’s largest sand islands, the heart of Tangalooma invites visitors to take a Desert Safari journey to ride down the mammoth sand dunes aboard a toboggan. The adrenaline-charging experience will bring out the inner child in every parent, with speeds hitting 40km per hour and 360 degree views from the top.

 Sand toboganning in Tangalooma

5. Whale watching

Witness nature's magic as humpback whales migrate through the deep blue and breach metres into the air. Tangalooma is one of the only locations you can experience whale watching from three different perspectives: by sea on a 40-foot catamaran cruise, by air in a helicopter, or from Cape Moreton by 4WD.

Whale watching off Tangalooma

6. Snorkelling

As crystal clear waters surround Tangalooma, families are able to get up close and personal with hoards of tropical fish while snorkelling at the Tangalooma Wrecks. As soon as you enter the water, you will be surrounded by a flurry of colours and marine life that have made the old sunken ships their home. From kingfish, sea turtles, nemo and friendly Wobbegong sharks only metres away, the encounters are incomparable.  

Children having fun snorkelling in Tangalooma

7. Helicopter scenic flights

Take in a new view of the Moreton Island surrounds from up in the air. The scenic flight gives adventurers panoramic views along the coast so you’ll be spotting Cape Moreton, the Tangalooma Wrecks, sand dunes and more.

Tangalooma Wrecks as seen from above

Visiting Tangalooma is a cinch, as it's only 75 minutes by ferry from Brisbane and transfer services can be arranged from hotels in the Gold Coast. Whether you take a day trip or make a long weekend out of it, a trip to Tangalooma brings paradise to the backyard.