Tangalooma Resort, Morton Island
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Today George, Adam, Megha and I had booked to go to Tangalooma Resort on Morton Island. We caught a bus from the Brisbane Transit Centre to the boat and then caught an hour and a half boat crossing to the island. The tour supposedly included a 4x4 desert safari and a bunch of activities plus the beach but it quickly became clear that our 79 dollars included the pick-up by coach, boat crossing, access to beach and free tennis, squash and archery but that any additional activities were to be paid for - lesson learned! We felt a bit put out at first, as we could have taken a $16 return boat to Morton Bay just to sit on the beach there but decided to make the most of it and book onto the $25 desert 4x4 safari and sand tobogganing!
First we grabbed some lunch and basked on the beautiful beach for a bit.
At half one we grouped at the tour desk to join our desert safari and got loaded into 4x4 vans holding about 30-40 people. We pulled out of the resort and entered "The Magic Forest".
The sand boards are basically bendy pieces of mdf. You scuff the smooth side with wax and lie on the rough side facing down the dune with your head back from the edge and your hands and elbows high holding up the end of the board so you don't crash into the sand, at which point the board stops and you slide on your face for another 10 metres.
Finally at the top I caught my breath and tried not to feel too apprehensive. Getting to the top of the dune is slightly unnerving in itself as you think you will reach a plateau but the dune falls away on the other side leaving just an edge a metre wide on which to walk. Megha is afraid of heights, so she jumped the queue to avoid getting so nervous she wouldn't go down, then Adam, then George who immediatley showed a natural aptitude and slid down with the grace and firmness of an acrobat and shot miles across the sand to become instant champion and drew a proud line in the sand for further travelled.
Up on the ridge I lay on the board and waited for the push from the instructor with excitement and apprehension. The instructor pushed and a slid down the first curve, over the ridge and gained speed (up to 50mile/hour!) before curving down the shallower bottom slope and coming to a screaming, laughing heap flat on my face. :) It was the best fun ever! George, Adam and I did it 4 times each (Megha loved it but only needed to face her fear and do it once) as the walk up is murder so you need to take breaks, and we were definitely one of the few who kept doing it till they insisted we stop and go back.
On the way back the instructor told us about the island; it's the third biggest sand island in the world, made up of 98% sand and mostly national park.
Back at home we grabbed food in town, checked email and then headed back to George's to get our stuff before moving to the Tin Billy on George St ready to start our road trip again up the coast next day....