Thursday, June 30, 2011


19 Brisbane International Student Ambassadors were invited on a trip to Tangalooma Island Resort to experience island life!

7AM - Arrival at Holt Street Wharf

Tangalooma was originally a whaling station (1952 - 1962)
Population of Eastern Australian Humpback Whales dropped from 10,000 in 1952 to around 500 when the station operations ended making it uneconomic; also in 1963 International Whaling Commission (IWC) imposed a ban to protect Humpbacks, the station was sold for resort development.

Now a resort township on the West side of Moreton Island
Christine (Australia) and myself showing the "West Side" handsign

8AM - Arrival at Tangalooma Island Resort

Welcome to Tangalooma!

We were also welcomed by a flock of Curlews
Confession time: In my previous trip to Moreton Island,
I identified these as Little/Far-Eastern Curlew but I'm not really sure
Zoologist students/readers please don't troll me

Our guide for the day was International Sales Manager, Chad Croft
I was quite surprised he could remember all 19 of our names in less than a couple of hours
in photo: Deiter (Philippines), Nimal (Sri Lanka), Pardeep (Pakistan)

Soft, clean white sand and clear blue sea
Unfortunately it was a bit cloudy, lets hope it clears up soon!

We were given coffee, tea and hot chocolates to warm up a bit

We took the opportunity to scare Xavier (Philippines)
with the Cape Moreton ghost stories
behind: Elsa (Indonesia)

Next we visited the Marine Education and Conservation Centre
TMECC promotes environmental awareness and employs full-time marine biologists and other scientists to conduct education programs and nature-based tours here
Badiul (Bangladesh) documents some history of marine life conservation

while Guillaume (France) studies some of their awesome collection of marine life remains

There's something for everybody to do here
Deiter tried his hands on some children jigsaw puzzels

Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus)

Girls having fun in the sun

Marine Fish Feeding
at the aquarium was very educational, the staff brought about 20 A4-size images of fishes and she knows A LOT about them

Next we went for Quad Biking (ATV)

Time to burn some gas!

Get outta ma way, homie! WEST END REPRESENT!
(photograph: Lita Numnim)

Grace (South Korea) and Manpreet (India) were having a non-aggressive pony riding session

Christine attempts a Wheelie - cool story!

Julie (Ukraine), Kyoko (Japan), Elsa and Christine after the Quad Biking

Lunch Time at Tursops Buffet Restaurant

Om nom nom..

Tishta (Mauritius) and Vivian (China)

Awesome spread of food!

Eden (Taiwan) and Kyoko

Our ambassador lunch has always been educational
We learn useful phrases like "I want to poop" in various languages

In photo: (from left) Grace, Han (Vietnam), Lita (Thailand), Elsa, Julie, Manpreet, Badiul

Cathy gave us a lesson on the SEGWAY PT
The Segway PT is a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen. The name "Segway" is a homophone of "segue" (a smooth transition, literally Italian for "follows") while "PT" denotes personal transporter.

Deiter, Julie, Patricia (Ecuador) and Christine having a swell time

While Nimal takes an after-lunch nap...

..We decided to have some fun on the beach

International Volley Ball

The girls dance to the spanish song Macarena (by Los de Rio)

watch video here

Arrival at The Desert

Yes, we're gonna do some Sand Toboganning

Out champion today is Patricia from Ecuador

We came back to the resort for Kookaburra Feeding

The Laughing Kookaburra, Dacelo novaeguineae, is a carnivorous bird in the kingfisher family Halcyonidae. Native to eastern Australia; Male and female adults are similar in plumage, which is predominantly brown and white. A common and familiar bird, this species of kookaburra is well known for its laughing call.

Dinner was served at Beach Cafe

Then we got geared up for Dolphin Feeding

Me (Singapore) and my pare, Xavier

Tishta and Kyoko posed as Teletubbies
Teletubbies was a BBC children's television series targeted at pre-school viewers and produced from 1997 to 2001 by Ragdoll Productions. The program revolves around the adventures of Teletubbies, fictional humanoid beings whose bodies are fairly round and pudgy and covered in a bright solid-color fleece-like fur, all but their large-eyed childlike faces. Teletubbies have in the center of their belly a television monitor that they receive video messages on, and on their head they have a single antenna

Brisbane International Student Ambassadors

Badiul, Guillaume and Nimal hand-feeds the wild local bottlenose dolphins

After that a warm cuppa before we head back to Brisbane

See more photos here

More info about Tangalooma at

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- Diploma in Business : Hospitality and Tourism Management (Temasek Polytechnic)
- Bachelor in Business: International Tourism and Hotel Management (Griffith University)