Bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean to the east, Queensland is the second largest state in Australia. Commonly known as the “Sunshine State”, it is home to the world's largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef, stretching over 2,300 kilometers from north to south and over 350,000 square kilometres in area!
The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage Site and pollution is one of the main threats to the health of this globally important reef system. It is crucial to keep all waterways clean and litter-free and EcoMarines are on a mission to ensure this happens. The capital of Queensland is Brisbane, located in coastal Southeast Queensland, and this is where Tangalooma EcoMarines is based.
Southeast Queensland is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia. We have stunning rainforests, rural and agricultural landscapes, a beautiful climate and a rich history with many stories to tell! Our major cities include Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Logan, Redlands, and Redcliffe and we have beautiful Moreton Bay in our back yard.
Why is Moreton Bay such a special place? It is only 14 kilometres from Brisbane city and contains many environmentally significant habitats. There are 360 islands, 2344 plant species including 7 species of mangrove, 84 mammal, 398 bird, 97 reptile and 37 amphibian species. There are over 1000 species of fish and 109 invertebrates, 9 whale, 3 dolphin, and 6 of the 7 marine turtle species. Moreton Bay is the most significant habitat for loggerhead turtles in Australia and the site of the largest herd of dugongs ever recorded. It has 25% of all Australian bird species.
After all of that… would you believe the Moreton Bay Marine Park is 3,400 square kilometres in area and Australia is 7,700,000 square kilometres? So the Moreton Bay Marine park is only 0.0004% of all the land area of Australia! Yet look at the diversity of species it contains. Aboriginal Australians have lived in the area around Moreton Bay for at least 22,000 years, using the diverse resources of the Moreton Bay area to sustain themselves over that time. The traditional Aboriginal name for Moreton Bay is “Quandamooka.”