Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Paradise on City's Doorstep

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Paradise on City's Doorstep

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Byline: BRYCE JOHNS

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GETTING THERE A day trip costs $89 an adult, $49 a child or $235 for a family of four. The price includes the return ferry cruise, full use of resort facilities including swimming pools, restaurants and bar, 1xtea, coffee, or soft drink per guest on the launch; an island lunch voucher ($20 per adult, $15 per child); access to the Eco Ranger Show (pelican feeding, Discover the World of Dolphins presentation).

STAYING THERE Accommodation options include hotel rooms, apartments and beachfront villas that sleep eight.

I MET a man in Brisbane recently who had lived there for decades but never been inside the Roma St Parkland.

The beautiful gardens near the main train station are a focal point for city festivals.

That a life-long resident had bypassed them completely stunned me.

But it did make me rethink what I'd missed out on after three years in Brisbane.

Hence packing the family up and heading to Tangalooma, the resort township on Moreton Island that is not even 40 minutes via ferry from the mouth of the Brisbane River.

On a cloudless day, the white sands and sparkling blue water make you feel like you've arrived at a Fijian island, less than an hour from the city.

The beach is a beauty, ideal for toddlers. The fact it is a couple of dozen metres from the bar, the barbecues and live music make it a compelling package.

Thumbs down though to the punters who leave their pint glasses in the sand.

Tangalooma is most famous for its dolphin experience, where visitors get to hand-feed the pod of mammals that visit every night.

It's clearly a highlight judging by the queue-jumping and rudeness shown by one or two of the foreign tourists.

What makes Tangalooma a great place to visit for a day or three, though, is the range of resort activities. …

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