Destinations

Why spotting a whale at Tangalooma earns $5

Kate Webster

An estimated 20,000 whales are expected to pass by Moreton Island during the epic migration this winter and Tangalooma Island Resort is smack bang in the middle of this whale superhighway.

On the southern migration in October, whale numbers are expected to be 22,000 with the addition of 2,000 newborn calves.

These amazing creatures are expected to attract some 14,000 locals to Tangalooma Island Resort’s whale watching cruise this season. The best part of that is the more people who enjoy the whales, the more money will be raised for a good cause.

Tangalooma Island Resort will donate $5 for every whale sighted from their whale watching vessel to The Kids’ Cancer Project, and so far the resorts’ whale watching season has kicked off in spectacular fashion, with a stellar number of whales spotted off Moreton Island.

Tangalooma Island Resort marketing manager, Ben Forbes said now is the time to visit the island as “it is the prime time to spot the ocean’s most majestic mammal and we’re expecting our best season yet.”

“Each year the number of whales we see, adults and calves alike, increases by 10 percent. More than 20,000 humpback whales are expected up the coast and we‘re also hoping to see well known albino whale resident Migaloo and his offspring, Migaloo Junior.”

With Australia’s largest whale watching vessel and 28 years whale watching experience, Tangalooma, “where fishes meet” – the aboriginal meaning, offers wildlife lovers the most up close and personal day out on the water watching these magnificent creatures in their natural environment.

Each awe-inspiring tour also features an on board eco ranger providing live commentary and ensuring guaranteed whale sightings every day. The cruises form part of Tangalooma’s conservation work to learn more about whales and dolphins.

Just a short 75 minute ferry ride from Brisbane, Tangalooma Island Resort offers Brisbane residents the closest whale-watching experience, and is ideal for a family getaway or winter sun retreat. Expect to see the migration of humpback whales during the months of July and August, and the chance to ‘meet the babies’ due to arrive in September and October.

Day trippers can have a whale of a time with whale watching cruise tickets available from Brisbane daily from only $79 (inclusive of lunch)*. Alternatively, nature lovers can escape for a weekend away. To celebrate the return of our ocean’s precious whales, Tangalooma is offering locals a two night stay from only $398 including a free whale-watching cruise for two guests – this represents a saving of 25 per cent or $140*. This amazing offer is available for travel until 16 October and must be booked by 14 October 2016.

To start your journey and for more information on Tangalooma Island Resort whale watching day trips, please visit www.tangalooma.com and for more information on The Kids’ Cancer Project, please visit www.thekidscancerproject.org.au.

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