Looking For: Operator for New Barge Service from Redcliffe to Moreton Island

The planned reactivation of a barge service that will transport passengers from Redcliffe to Moreton Island (Mulgumpin) may have to wait a little longer as the State Government opens another tender process to find a willing operator.

Despite strong community support for a new barge service between Redcliffe Peninsula and Moreton Island, the future of the proposed project is still unclear as no decision has been made yet as to who the proponent would be. 

The State Government has already committed $4 million to go towards building related infrastructure that will make the project commercially viable. Specifically, the amount will fund the construction of a road to allow access to the barge landing site along with a seawall.

Several calls for a tender have already been made and whilst several proponents responded to the calls, an operator is yet to be officially named. A new invitation to offer was opened on 5 November 2021 and will close at 3:00 p.m. on 14 January 2022.  

“The State is seeking offers from appropriately qualified and experienced Proponents with demonstrated experience in developing, owning and operating a commercial barge service and who are willing to establish a new service from a location on the Redcliffe Peninsula to Moreton Island (Mulgumpin),” the new invitation stated.

Combie Trader II ceased to operate beginning 2008 and since then, locals have been calling for the reinstatement of the defunct barge service. In 2017, the State Government funded a business case study and identified that the most suitable spot for the proposed project is at the northern arm of Scarborough Boat Harbor. However, other sites could also be considered depending on the outcome of the invitation to offer.

“While the initial process didn’t find a viable commercial opportunity at this location, we know there is still strong interest to potentially operate it from other sites on the peninsula,” Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath said in a statement late last year.

“That’s why I’ve asked Minister Bailey and his department to expand the EOI process to see what opportunities might be available for other sites.”

Re-Explore Beautiful Queensland at Tangalooma Island Resort

Travel is slowly restarting amidst the pandemic crisis and while safety is still a primary concern, now is the best time to re-explore the beauty of the local region as restrictions have been eased. If you want to escape to a perfect holiday after months of lockdown, then make plans to visit Tangalooma Island Resort in Moreton Island, right off Brisbane’s doorstep. 

Tangalooma Island Resort officially re-opened on 26 June 2020 and it’s now back to taking bookings for heaps of activities to make your holiday worthwhile. 

From day trips to overnight accommodations and weekend holidays, a short visit to this paradise should help recharge, reconnect, and raise the spirits.

Despite a few COVID-19 government restrictions, there’s still so much to see and do at this resort for couples, families and small groups of friends, especially when they need some island fix and can’t travel too far from Brisbane. 

Among the activities to enjoy at the resort include: 

  • Guided tours at the Eco Centre
  • Pampering at the Massage and Beauty Centre
  • Segwey Tour
  • Marine Discovery Cruise
  • Desert Safari Tour
  • Snorkeling Tour
  • Whale Watching/Bus Safari
  • Heaps of Tangalooma watersports activities
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Some restaurants will be open for takeaway only while the evening activities, including the usual resort entertainment, will not take place. 

To know the attractions and activities that you can do on the island in this new normal, Tangalooma Island Resort has prepared a schedule for 9 July to 22 July 2020. Guests may also check their weekly guides for updates or changes.  

Booking, tour accommodations, and pool capacity will be limited to encourage social distancing.

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“The Resort will operate with enhanced health and hygiene protocols across all aspects of our business to ensure the health and safety of all guests and staff,” the management of the resort announced. “While most of the activities and tours available at the resort will still be operating, there have been modifications to the way we deliver our services to comply with all COVID Safe guidelines and ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience.”