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Tangalooma Resort: One for the 'nest list'

I CAN cross one thing off my nest list.

Yes, my nest list. It's a list of all the things you'd love for your family to do before the kids have left the nest.

You only get one chance at seeing the world and the joy it brings through the eyes of your children.

With the years in hyper-speed - "I can't believe he's seven already" - we have to make the most of this precious time.

There's a mix of fun, adventure and education on my family's list and this long weekend getaway manages to combine all three elements of a good family holiday.

We set off for Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island - a 75-minute catamaran cruise from Brisbane - with excitement that we will get to feed the island's famous pod of bottlenose dolphins.

Our dolphin hand-feeding booking is for night two so there's plenty of time to make the most of the other activities that the resort has to offer on the world's third-largest sand island.

With more than 80 land and sea activities to choose from, everyone's experience is guaranteed to be different and at their desired pace - from relaxing to action-packed.

We chose a couple of the activities unique to the national park, starting with a desert safari tour and sand tobogganing.

We loaded up into the 4WD buses and bounced our way through some scenic bushland before it opened up to a stunning desert.

Our tour guide informed and entertained us on the way but most importantly gave us the "don't do this if you don't want to eat a lot of sand" safety presentation.

At the top of the 35-metre-high sand dune, forget what I said about seeing the world through the eyes of a child. At this stage it was pure fear, a rush of doubt that anyone can do this and survive.

"You've got this, mate," I said to reassure my son, and myself, before he went hurtling down the dune.

A few seconds later you could hear the mix of excitement and relief in his voice. "That was awesome!" And I was not far behind on an adrenaline-pumping sand slide at a speed reaching up to an exhilarating 40kmh.

Next time I'm going to book in for a massage after the tobogganing. The walk up the very soft sand and steep incline can be tough on the legs, if you need an excuse.

We got back to the resort in time for a stunning pink sunset as we looked across Moreton Bay to the Glasshouse Mountains.

On day two, a tandem ride on quad bikes was another way we got our adrenaline fix as our tour wound its way through the sandy terrain.

As you would expect the pace comes down a notch for dolphin feeding but the excitement was bursting out of our children's pores.

The pod of dolphins frolicked in the shallow water as tourists watched from the jetty or lined the beach awaiting their turn to feed one of the 10 dolphins.

To ensure there's no letting go of dinner, we were told to hold the fish like an ice cream cone before our encounter with Tangles. As you put your hand in the water, look up for the camera, it's all over in a flash but those smiles make it all worth it.

On our final day we made the most of the resort's free activities. Our children loved the variety of things to do including table tennis, golf, trampolining and the trusty go-to swing and slide in the playground.

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