Tangalooma Wrecks: Paradise in My Own Backyard

Tangalooma Panorama

I love finding little hidden gems in my own backyard and the Tangalooma wrecks are no exception. Australia is such a diverse country and so is even the region I live in (Brisbane, South East Queensland). Having explored the Gold Coast, the rainforest hinterland and even the wineries, I hadn't thought about the Tangalooma wrecks on Moreton Island. To be honest, I didn't realise the Tangalooma wrecks were so accessible from Brisbane. Who knew it was only 75 minutes away!

The reason we went over for the day was I had bought a snorkelling voucher for my partner a few Christmases ago and luckily it hadn't expired yet! Our Dolphins in Paradise day cruise left from Rivergate Marina, Murrarie, only 20 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. On the way out we were treated to morning tea, coffee and stunning sunshine! Arriving at the southern end of Moreton Island we spotted our first marine life of the trip in the form of a lonely dugong. For those of you Americans out there, a dugong is similar to a manatee but with a more fin-like tail rather than a paddle. Up on the top deck of the boat, we even spotted a few turtles and followed a pod of dolphins around for a while before heading up the coast to the Tangalooma area.

Tangalooma View

Arriving at the wrecks was breathtaking, the water was extremely blue and I was so excited to get in the water! Did you know the old barges and boats were originally sunken to create a man-made breakwater and also a haven for sea life. The wrecks were sunken back in 1963 and have since become a major tourist attraction for the region. I mean where else can you spend the day snorkelling what is essentially a man-made reef. My tip: make sure you pack a GoPro or underwater camera because you will get some great shots like I did.

Snorkelling GoPro
Snorkelling Go Pro
Tangalooma GoPro

After snorkelling for around an hour (I could have gone longer!), we had a lunch of prawns, chicken and salad on the boat before spending the afternoon on the island. My calves were burning after climbing one of the tallest sand dunes, probably 25-30 metres high! We then relaxed in the shade before catching the boat back to the mainland. If you have time to spend in Brisbane or you live there already, the Tangalooma wrecks is a great day trip experience for water lovers. And if you fall in love and want to stay a bit longer there is always Tangalooma Island Resort who offer various types of accommodation on the island not to mention dolphin feeding.

Climbing the Sand Dunes at Tangalooma

I would love to hear what your recommendations are for things to do in your own hometown? Perhaps you live in Brisbane, Australia and would like to share with me your hidden travel gems?

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Sally Cochrane

Sally is a Brisvegas (Brisbane, Australia) born travel blogger and founder of Travel Blog Squad, an online community for travel bloggers. Among many other experiences, she has skied down the Austrian Alps on Christmas day, gone for a ride in an army tank through the mud in Slovakia, woken up before dawn to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat and attended university in Mexico. Hola! Her non-travel-related interests include tea (of any and every kind), TED Talks and running at her local Parkrun.