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Standing proud as one of the world’s largest sand islands, Moreton Island is one of mother nature’s greatest achievements and remains today much the same as thousands of years ago.
Moreton Island was put on the map after James Cook visited in 1770, naming the island’s headland "Cape Morton". (Today’s spelling came about through a later clerical error which stuck.) Before this though, there is evidence that Aboriginal people occupied the island for over 2000 years. Settlement began in 1848 and after a series of shipwrecks in the area, Cape Moreton Light — Queensland’s oldest lighthouse — was built nine years later. Four more lighthouses followed and during World War II, defence buildings were constructed with up to 900 troops stationed on the island.
After this, besides a decade of whaling on the western side of the island between 1952 and 1962 and some years of small scale sand mining, the island has been devoted to a leisurely existence with its population comprised of mostly holiday makers, oyster farmers and an abundance of land and marine life. Where the whaling station once was, you can now find Tangalooma Island Resort — a family owned resort known around the world for its one-of-a-kind wild dolphin feeding program spanning over 30 years.
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Our handpicked Shore Tours are a must for any guest.
One of Moreton Island’s biggest drawcards is its unique wild dolphin feeding program. Available only on the Wild Dolphin Discovery Shore Tour, this presents one of life’s rare opportunities to get in the water and witness wild dolphins up close.
From tobogganing down one of the world’s highest sand dunes and parasailing high above the water, to quad biking forest trails and snorkelling the island’s famous shipwrecks, if it’s adventure you want you will find it with ease.
Fly along the eastern coastline to Cape Moreton Light, Queensland’s oldest lighthouse, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Island, resort and a range of marine species.
Your ship will anchor offshore and tender boats will provide a regular service to and from the Tangalooma Resort Jetty throughout the day.
No taxis or public transport is available on Moreton Island. Most points of interest are within walking distance or get involved in one of our Shore Tours to see sights further afield.
Visit the pop up food and beverage stalls or relax at the local coffee shop. For a special meal, try out the resort’s restaurant, Fire and Stone Asian Fusion Restaurant.
Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
Check out the resort shop for local souvenirs.
Moreton Island enjoys a year-round mild climate. Summer can get quite hot with average temperatures between 21 and 29 with some beautifully refreshing sea breezes. Sea temperatures range from around 26 to 28 degrees in the warmer months and 20 to 22 degrees during the cooler months.
Major credit and charge cards are accepted at some places on the island. Automatic teller machines can be found in the resort centre. We recommend that you take cash and/or card ashore.
Public telephones and limited internet access is available at the resort centre.
There are a range of Shore Tours available so you can get the most out of your day on Moreton Island. These can be booked onboard at the Shore Tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each tour departure. Please refer to your ticket and Pacific Daily for the correct time and place.
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