Get Inspired / Southern Great Barrier Reef Year-Round Sun, Surf, Sand, Sea and Scenery at the Southern Great Barrier Reef Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Southern Great Barrier Reef Year-Round Sun, Surf, Sand, Sea and Scenery at the Southern Great Barrier Reef story by: Mike Williams Surf, sand, sea, scenic landscapes and spectacular marine life: it’s all waiting for you at the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Better still, it’s ready to go all year-round and couldn’t be easier to get to. The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia is 344,400 square kilometres and is the world's largest coral reef system. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and generally considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Southern Great Barrier Reef, the section that spans the 300 kilometres of the Queensland coast, from north of Rockhampton to south of Bundaberg, not only showcases this beautiful natural phenomena but enjoys a year-round temperate climate and is only four hours out of Brisbane. Temperatures vary from between 21 and 38°C in summer, December to February, and 8 to 27°C in winter, June to August. The nesting season for the Great Barrier’s famous sea turtles takes place between November and January. There’s so much to enjoy at the Southern Great Barrier Reef, from gem fossicking and hiking to indulging in delicious local cuisine. For the more adventurous, there’s sand boarding or quad biking, or a simple beach picnic overlooking pristine paradise for a more laid back afternoon. Of course, it’s in or on the water where this untouched wonderland really comes into its own, whether it is snorkelling right off the beach, an intrepid dive, swimming with giant marine life or exploring in a semi-sub or underwater observatory. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the spectacular stunning coral gardens, hundreds of species of beautifully coloured fish and marine life. Click here for Cheap Flights to Australia or HOT Australia Holiday Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire Magazine - Life’s A Beach: Southern Great Barrier Reef Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Where should I go in Australia? Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.