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The Best Destination in Queensland 2021

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The Best Destination in Queensland 2021

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The question of the year: “What are we going to do this summer?”
With pins put into international holiday plans, you’re probably wondering: “where else can I go that feels as if I’ve flown to Bali without leaving the country?” We have the answer for you: The stunning Moreton Island (Mulgumpin). Pristine waters and stretches of golden beaches, world-class snorkelling, and abundant wildlife create the picturesque Moreton Island.

 

Here’s why a See Moreton Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks cruise, only 70 minutes from Brisbane, is the perfect gateway to paradise.

Location, location

A local’s secret, Moreton Island is a unique holiday destination to 40km from the coast of Brisbane.


Begin your Queensland Holiday in the capital of the sunshine state, Brisbane. The heart of SEQ gives easy access to taste all slices of Australian paradise, from the Gold Coast and its national parks to the golden beaches of the Sunshine Coast.

You can board our luxurious catamaran, Spirit of Migaloo II, from Rivergate Marina in Brisbane and enjoy a sub-tropical day out. Being a day trip, you can enjoy a full day of island adventures and return to your accommodation by dinnertime.

Divine weather and turquoise water

Picture a beautiful tropical island with golden beaches crystal clear waters. You won’t have to imagine anymore when you visit Moreton Island. A See Moreton day trip includes snorkelling and swimming in turquoise water, abundant with coral and marine life.

The average temperature on Moreton Island over the summer is 28°C, and over 90% of days are full of beautiful sunshine.  The water temperature can reach up to a refreshing 28°C.

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The Tangalooma Wrecks against stunning turquoise water.

World-Class Snorkeling

There aren’t any snorkel sites in Brisbane, but only 70 minutes from the city is a passage to paradise. Snorkelling the world-class Tangalooma Wrecks is a highlight on your See Moreton tour. Discover schools of rainbow fish, turtles, dugongs and colourful coral.

Your ticket includes all that you need to snorkel: Your mask, snorkel, gloves and fins (flippers). Our professional snorkel guides will be there to guide you and help you find the best places in the reef to spot wildlife. Snorkelling is open to all swimming abilities, with floatation devices and safety procedures in place.

Please note: Snorkeling at the Tangalooma Wrecks is recommended for children aged 6 and up. Younger children are welcome to snorkel under competent adult supervision during free beach time.

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The mysterious Tangalooma Wrecks (Image courtesy Shutterstock)

Tropical Buffet Delights

We have collaborated with the best local producers in the Gold Coast and Brisbane region to carefully craft a delicious tropical buffet lunch. Indulge in fresh king prawns, maple-glazed ham, tender roast chicken and a delightful assortment of sides.

In the afternoon, cool down with a tropical fruit platter and refreshing happy hour deals.

Dolphins and Turtles and Dugongs, oh my!

Moreton Island (Mulgumpin) boasts one of the largest dolphin populations in the world, consisting of over 700 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins and 200 Australian humpback dolphins. Dolphins are commonly found surfing at the bow of our vessel.

Our cruise will take you on a wildlife discovery tour as we look for shadows in the water that could be a sea turtle or even our favourite local dugong, Dougie.

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Dolphin watching on our Moreton Island (Mulgumpin) Cruise

Perfect for everyone

See Moreton Dolphin & Tangalooma Wrecks cruise is the ideal day trip from Brisbane. It is perfect for families young and old, couples who want a romantic getaway or social groups looking for something unique.

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Grab your bestie and enjoy fun in the Moreton Island (Mulgumpin) sun.

See Moreton 2021/2022 seasons begins in November. Be the first to visit the island.

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Dolphins at Moreton Island (Mulgumpin)

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Dolphins at Moreton Island (Mulgumpin)

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Meet the Locals

Moreton Island (Mulgumpin) is a nature lover’s dream destination. Not only does it boast sparkling, turquoise waters, but is home to an abundance of wildlife. Various species of turtles, dugongs, and fish can be discovered all around the island. One of the most common and popular marine life you will find is the dolphin. With a bountiful population of over 700 individuals in the region, it marks one of the largest groupings of the curious mammal in the world.

Why do dolphins love Moreton Island?

Moreton Bay Marine Park consists of protected waters, meaning it is a safe space for dolphin populations to thrive. Dolphins breed throughout the year and usually give birth in late summer. Keep an eye out for baby dolphins or ‘calves’ on your tour.

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What dolphins will I see?

Two dolphin species call the waters of Moreton Island home; the Australian humpback dolphin and the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin. You are most likely to see the bottlenose dolphin on your tour, distinguished by its dark grey, sleek body and a curved dorsal fin that sits at the centre of its back. Australian humpback dolphins are less common, but not unlikely, to find on your tour. They are identifiable by their humped back, light grey body, and long beak.

Dolphins and people

Bottlenose dolphins love people and can be found swimming between the boats and may even say hello during your snorkelling experience. The Bay has been an important and historical site for dolphins and local Aboriginal groups such as the Quandamooka People. The first nations people would call the dolphins from the sea by clicking their boomerangs and spears. The dolphins would herd the fish into the shore, allowing the people to hunt what they needed, leaving the rest for the dolphins.

Did you know that the Quandamooka word for dolphin is ‘Buwangan’?

Australian humpback dolphin

Sousa sahulensis

Colour: Light grey on their upper-dorsal and white underbelly

Size: Grow up to 2.7m in length and weigh up to 200kg.

Moreton Island population: Less than 200

Distinguishing features: Hump on their back where a small dorsal fin sits. Long beak that protrudes out of the water.

Diet: Opportunistic feeders that feed close to the ocean floor. Prey on fish and have been seen to follow trawler boats.

Location: Found in the northern waters of Australia beginning at the NSW-QLD border.

There are less than 200 Australian humpback dolphins in the Moreton Bay region, representing one of the largest congregations in the world. Despite the high numbers at Moreton Island, they are listed as a vulnerable species. The area around the Port of Brisbane is part of their core habitat, and you will often see them at the mouth of the Brisbane river on your departure and/or arrival.

The Australian Humpback Dolphin is a shy species, keeping to itself rather than interacting with humans. They love to play with seaweed, shells, jellyfish, along with each other.

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Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin

Tursiops aduncus

Colour: Dark grey on the upper-dorsal side and light grey to white on their underbelly

Size: Grow up to 2.5m in length and weigh up to 250kg.

Moreton Island population: 700

Distinguishing features: Sleek body, short beak, and curved dorsal fin.

Diet: Fish, octopus, squid, crustaceans, and small rays. Often seen following trawler boats.

Location: Found all over Australia

Bottlenose dolphins are very social creatures and have been seen in pods of up to 100 individuals. Moreton Bay is home to approximately 700 bottlenose dolphins, making them the most common species you will see on your See Moreton tour. Females travel with other females in pods of up to 20 individuals, whereas males tend to stick close together with at least four other males.

The Moreton Bay bottlenose dolphin population is divided into two groupings: Non-trawler dolphins that are found close to shore in shallow water, hanging around seagrass meadows; and trawler dolphins are found farther from shore, hanging around trawler boats chasing the daily catch.

Did you know that the different pods of bottlenose dolphins at Moreton Island tend to only interact and bond with dolphins who have the same foraging techniques as each other? You won’t see non-trawler dolphins mingling with trawler dolphins.

Bottlenose dolphins are known for their curious personalities and playful behavior such as leaping, surfing, and tail slapping. Keep an eye out on the front of the boat as they love to ride the bow!

Now you know everything there is about our beloved Moreton Island dolphins, it’s time to see them for yourself. We see dolphins on 92% of our tours. Book your See Moreton Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks tour today!

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