Monday, June 11, 2012

TANGALOOMA ISLAND RESORT




Brisbane International Student Ambassadors 2012
are on our way to Holt Street Wharf today..
above: Palwasha (Pakistan)



... to visit Tangalooma Island Resort
at Moreton Island! Moreton Island is a large sand island on the eastern side of Moreton Bay, on the coast of south-east Queensland, Australia.



Happy couple, Xavier (Philippines) and Elsa (Indonesia) filled with anxiety



Yoshi (Japan) 's first trip to a sand island

Moreton Island is the traditional home of the Morrgunpin people. The islands contains numerous shell middens, indicating Aboriginal occupation of the island for at least 2000 years!
Moorgumpin meaning ‘place of sandhills’ is the Aboriginal name for Moreton Island and Tangalooma means 'where fishes meet'.



The Singaporean ambassadors, James and myself!
"Come to Moreton Island, lah!"



After a short ferry ride, we arrived at Tangalooma Island Resort..
We were all waving back frantically!



Noriko from the resort guest services meet-and-greet
よこそ タンガルマレソット!



11AM - Pelican Feed and Sea Bird Talk
Morning snacks for all visiting pelicans and shore birds at the jetty



Resort Facilities Tour 
We took a little tour of the beautiful island resort



This deluxe room has fantastic ocean view and ammenities
It has a wine and chocolates on arrival, towelling bath robes and slippers, private swimming pool, grill, bath tub etc etc etc
Cost around $700/room night. Perfect for honeymooners!



Resort Swimming Pool
 

Between 1952 and 1962, Tangalooma, on the western side of the island, was the site of Queensland's only whaling station, with humpback whales being harvested on their annual migration north. Each season up to 600 whales were processed with a maximum of 11 whales per day.
This is the actual Flensing Deck!



1230PM Lunch time at Beach Café
Bistro-style dining 
above: Kylie (Australia) and herTangalooma burger



Yoshi with his Sushi meal and humongous salad



Claire (China) had Crumbled Prawns w Chips




Cold Seafood Platter for myself and Shao! Naise!



130PM Desert Safari Tour

$38/pax



Shao (Malaysia) and James ready for some Sand Tobogganing!



This is Claire before she ate sand and got stuck mid-hill



King Hussain (Saudi Arabia) "Wheeeeeeeeee..."



Yiki (Hong Kong) riding the sand  like a boss!



Pare Xavier and myself getting ready for one of our favourite activities..



4PM ATV Quad Biking
Instructor Clancy briefs us on the safety procedures
and how to maneuver the ATV like a pro
$58/pax



Yoshi and myself looking sexy in lacy hair nets and helmets!




KERORO GUNSO Cosplay



Ladies having the ride of their lives!



While Claire crashes, we stopped our ATVs and
enjoy the breath-taking scenery from the hilltops



Conquering sand dunes and jungle terrains



Check out the beautiful sunset in the background!



Afraid of riding the Quad Bike? 
Fret not! Simply pick your favourite beefcake instructor
and he'll take you for a 95km/h thrill ride
(no safety belts provided!)



Kritika (India) chillin' at the beach,
listening to waves and appreciating the vibrant colours of Moreton Island sunset



6PM Dolphin Feeding
Highlight of the day, getting up-close and personal with the adorable dolphins!


For those who do not wanna get wet (like myself), Teletubbies Suits are available!



Pairing up to feed the dolphins!



Yiki and Xavier enjoying a "raw fish snack"
while practising the correct postures to feed the dolphins!



Here comes Echo and Nari!
"Feed us! Feed us!"



Our Korean instructor, May, counting us down to present the "fish snacks"
after stopping Yiki before she finishes eating all the fishes



Nom nom nom nom...



When you are this close to the dolphins
you can actually hear them snorting through their blow-holes
Absolutely adorable! They are like Sea-Pigs!


OTHER ACTIVITES AT TANGALOOMA
- Helicopter Joy Rides $85/pax
- 4WD Northern Safari Tour $68/pax
- 4WD Whale Watch Bus Safari $68/pax
- Moreton Island Tour from $215/pax
- Segway Tour from $55/pax
- Massage and Beauty
- Guided Walks




730PM Dinner at Beachouse Rotunda Restaurant




Jumbo Prawns Cajun-Style
Absolutely spot-on!



Barramundi with Mashed Potatoes





MSA grade Black Angus Steak w Mushroom Sauce



830PM Talent Night at Cane Lounge
Anyone can come up and show your talents!



Kritika showing us her groovy Bollywood moves!


watch video here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg6zDAJs1Fw




Chinese tourist performs a classic Mando-pop hit, 大约在冬季



Yoshi, Yiki, Han (Vietnam), Kritika, Elsa, Shao and Palwasha dances to Jai Ho



Yoshi impressed the crowd with his suave Para Para Paradise moves!



Shao melted every girls' hearts with Pachelbel's Canon in D



Elsa challenged him with Martin J. Nystrom's As The Deer



Time flies and the Talent Show ended..



We gathered in one of the rooms in Kookaburra Lodge
for some Ambassador Entertainment
Cost around $300/room night



James and myself taught Ban Lak (popular Chinese New Year card game)



Hani (Malaysia) and Shao confused by the game rules



7AM Breakfast at Tursiops Buffet Restaurant



From Hot buffet to Continental Breakfast..
There's a wide range of tasty food to choose from!




"This is a hold up!"



Our babysitter, Stacey, giving a head count for missing children..



It was time to depart Tangalooma Island Resort



We had so much fun
most of us fell asleep on the ferry back







MORE INFORMATION
http://www.tangalooma.com/info/home/

MORE PHOTOS
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.242588665851685.47465.118858138224739&type=3

LAST YEAR'S TRIP TO TANGALOOMA
http://mydemoninyou.blogspot.com/2011/06/tangalooma-island-resort.html



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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I AM PLANNING TO GO OVER THERE ON AUGUST BUT THE TRANSFER TWO WAY IT COST ABOUT AUD100 . ANY RECOMENDED TO GET CHEAPER RATE FOR THAT ? I HAVE 4 PAX HERE

Anonymous said...

AUD 100 PER HEAD