The Aussie shipwreck beach considered one of the world’s best

Tangalooma wrecks
Aerial view of Tangalooma wrecks

We think this spectacular beach, where, just off the shallows, rusting shipwrecks rest, is one of the country’s best kept secrets

It might remind you of the famous Shipwreck Beach, or Navagio in Greece‘s Zakynthos, but this spectacular spot is much closer to home. Queensland’s Tangalooma Beach recently took out Lonely Planet’s the World’s Best Beach to See Nature award, ranking it among the top 100 beaches in the world – and it’s easy to see why.

The legendary travel publisher highlighted Tangalooma Beach in its book, Best Beaches, for its serene waters, abundance of marine life and that sweet spot of delicious seclusion and easy accessibility.

Located just 25 kilometres from Brisbane‘s shoreline on Moreton Island / Mulgumpin, it is one of just a handful of beaches on the East Coast that offers breathtaking overwater sunset views.

“Fringing the island’s protected west coast, the long, narrow strip of sand known as Tangalooma Beach feels a world away from the city, backed by bushland and lapped by calm turquoise waters frequented by dolphins, turtles, rays and elusive dugongs,” the Lonely Planet guide states.

“Just off the shallow beach, the rusty, hulking Tangalooma Wrecks are the top attraction… encrusted with corals that attract plenty of fish, making for excellent snorkelling.”

Visitor numbers to Tangalooma – the Aboriginal word for “where the fish gather” – have steadily increased in recent years, but thankfully this unique beach is not in danger of being overrun and ruined by tourists, like other unique beaches overseas. Day trips to Tangalooma are strategically offered to manage the flow of guests to avoid overcrowding and minimise the impact on ambience and environment. Tangalooma Island Resort Head of Sales & Marketing Bernie O’Keefe said “protecting the magic” of the beach by preserving the natural environment ensured visitors extraordinary and unforgettable experiences. 

“It is exciting to see Tangalooma’s incredible beach being recognised by Lonely Planet, though we must confess, a lot of our regular guests might secretly wish it remained their cherished hidden gem,” said O’Keefe. “From the serene clarity of the calm waters to the captivating shipwrecks, the infinite stretches of golden sands and the pristine natural surroundings, Tangalooma stands as a destination on Earth like no other, right here on Brisbane’s doorstep.”

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