Brisbane and Tangalooma

Trip Start Jun 20, 2011
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Trip End Jul 09, 2011


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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

     On Tuesday we left our hotel at 8AM and made a one hour drive to visit Brisbane. We did a short city tour by bus. Following that we spent the next 90 minutes exploring a less than impressive mall. 
      

















     Then it was back aboard the bus for a 30 minute bus ride to the harbor. We boarded a ferry for a 90 minute boat ride to Tangalooma Island Resort. The resort is on an island which is also Moreton Island National Park. At 35 km long and 10km wide, it is the world's 3rd largest island. Its first European discovery was in 1770 by James Cook.

    
















     When we arrived I was surprised that this was a People to People location for the next two nights seeing as this was a resort. It was a great island packed with an abundance of activities. I have a great room with a nice balcony patio.



     At 3PM we began our first organized activity, snorkeling. We were fitted with masks, wet suits and flippers. Next we boarded a boat and sailed out to a site of twelve sunken boats. We took the plunge into the cold ocean and made a slow swim along the sunken boats. There were some interesting views below of fish and even a large turtle. I really enjoyed the fact that the sun was setting and with dramatic gloomy clouds it was a wonderful view from the water.

  



















     At 6PM we met up by the pier to feed dolphins. This was a great unique experience. This was not one of those experiences in which one pays to be in an enclosure with captured dolphins. This was where we stepped right into the ocean to meet with wild dolphins from the sea. In groups of two or three we would go out with a small fish in hand. You could see the fins moving closer. Slowly we would lower our hand to must below the level of the water and the dolphins would swim up and carefully grab the fish out of our hands. It was a special moment. At the very end I was left with one other leader, Katie, and so we were taken out and allowed to give out the remaining fish so we each had the opportunity to feed the dolphins about eight more times.

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