Where is it: Moreton Island
What’s it all about: Spend a day off the beaten track at one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets, Moreton Island (Mulgulpin). Snorkel the crystal-clear aqua water of the famous Moreton Island wrecks and experience pristine sandy beaches with an abundance of marine life. Dolphins, turtles, dugongs, and whales all call this paradise home!
Tell me more: Departing from Newport Marina (Redcliffe), just north of Brisbane, the short 50-minute cruise over to Moreton Island is just the start of your adventure on Dolphin Wild Cruises! If you’re lucky you will catch a glimpse of some dolphins or even majestic humpback whales during the wintertime as they migrate on the trip over. The cruise is on board a large, comfortable air-conditioned vessel with a fully licensed bar and staffed with experienced and friendly crew that will make you feel like family by the end of the day. They offer flexibility to do as much, or as little as you choose, making it a perfect day out for everyone of all ages! Activities include an optional Guided Snorkel and Fish-feeding tour of Tangalooma Wrecks with a marine biologist, beach time with the option to explore the island or simply soak up some rays relaxing, swimming, or just chilling out on board with a cold drink or two.
The Guided Snorkel Tour of the wrecks is simply wonderful, there is an amazing array of fish that call the wrecks home, and we were even lucky to share our snorkelling trip with a turtle! However, if you’re not too keen on this you can relax onboard the vessel, soaking up the sunshine until the snorkellers are back on board. After a yummy, fresh lunch, the boat then repositions to a perfect spot for some beach time on the third largest sand island in the world. If you feel like a dip, you can have a short swim across to the beach, otherwise the crew will be more than happy to ferry you across in their tender.
After a refreshing spread of fresh fruits for an afternoon snack, you will then spend the final leg of your trip cruising the shallow waters for the Eco Marine Safari, keeping an eye out for dolphins, dugongs, turtles, rays, and birds. In winter, you might even catch the migration of the majestic humpback whales. While we didn’t get to spot a whale, we were very fortunate to have been able to spot a dugong who didn’t seem at all bothered by its audience, plenty of turtles and a very brief glimpse of some dolphins! All accompanied by interesting and informative commentary from your friendly crew.
It was a lovely day out with Dolphin Wild Cruises and although it was a big day, it was totally relaxing and heaps of fun! The staff were very friendly and made everyone feel comfortable from the moment they checked in. The vessel itself was very well maintained and comfortable and had plenty of space to move about. They operate all year round (weather dependant) and now also offer twilight cruises of the Redcliffe area, taking in the sun setting behind. If you only have a day to spare, we couldn’t think of a better way to experience the magic of Moreton Island, the Tangalooma wrecks and the wildlife that call Moreton Bay home!
Brisbane Family Explorers