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The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the world’s most beautiful sun-soaked golden beaches. You can swim, snorkel, dive and sail this living masterpiece.
The hundreds of islands and reefs in this World Heritage-listed wonder are what dreams are made of. Take a flight over the reef, observe its wonders from underwater, dive into the deep or cruise its circumference in a yacht – the reef’s spectacular beauty will take your breath away.
The laid-back, tropical centres of Cairns and Port Douglas are major gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, also starting points for expeditions to the Gulf of Savannah and Cape York’s remote wilderness areas.
a great embarkation point for the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkelling, scuba and sailing: it’s all so accessible, you’ll need a few extra days just to recover! In the mornings you can stroll down to the marina to watch the reef
boats depart, then head to the Esplanade.
Port Douglas is a relaxed seaside village that also serves as a jumping-off point for the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing, jetskiing: it’s all so accessible, you’ll need a few extra days in those day spas just to recover. Its infectious laid-back charm will lure you back time and time again.
The Whitsunday Islands - an archipelago of 74 islands off the northeast coast - are all fringed with stunning white beaches and surrounded by glimmering oceans with the deepest turquoise, aqua and indigo colours. Meanwhile, the resorts along the coast are brimming with activities to enhance your holiday.
Best known for its iconic rum and turtles, Bundaberg is one of the gems of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Start your escape by exploring the coastal gems before heading to the shores where hundreds of sea turtles return to the beach each year to nest.
Nestled within the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and just a stone’s throw from Mackay, is a truly natural wonderland. Discover its natural treasures of national parks and tropical rainforests, fringed by white sands and a coral reef bursting with vibrant marine life.
This is a stunning composition of coral that has naturally formed into the shape of a heart. Located in Hardy Reef,
Heart Reef is best experienced from the air by helicopter or seaplane, as visitors are unable to snorkel or dive there due its protected status.
This really is a special place – the reef, with a myriad of colourful coral and fish, is right off the beach of Heron Island. In the crystal clear waters surrounding the island, stunning coral gardens and sea creatures great and small flourish in abundance and colour. They make Heron Island a natural place for divers, swimmers, and those who love to snorkel.
Cruise through the Whitsunday Islands to the outer Great Barrier Reef, one of the 7 natural wonders. Snorkelling, semi submersible rides and underwater observatory will help you explore the coral and fish life. Helicopter joy flights over Heart Reef, diving and snorkel safaris available to book.
Step aboard the Silversonic for a day of fun and adventure in the natural wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll have access to explore three stunning and exclusive reef sites at the Agincourt ribbon reefs, each chosen for visual and ecological diversity to maximise your dive and snorkel adventures.
Discover the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef when you cruise towards a spacious platform moored at the magnificent outer reef. Perfect for swimmers and nonswimmers alike to enjoy snorkel and dive, or stay dry and experience the reef from the semi-submersible underwater observatory.
Set sail aboard the 32m luxury sailing catamaran, Ocean Spirit, with a wide range of activities to experience Michaelmas Cay’s unique reef environment. You can snorkel, cruise in the semi-submersible, discover the island sanctuary
birdlife or just relax and enjoy a leisurely day on the reef.
This is the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium and the national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef. The coral reef exhibition will open your eyes to a beautiful world filled with spectacular colours and thousands of marine creatures. Here you will learn how you can play a role in protecting marine turtles in the reef and see how the turtle hospital rehabilitates their turtles back to health and you can even splash in the water without getting wet..
World Heritage listed Magnetic Island, with its distinctive, rocky headlands, 23 bays and beaches studded with pine trees, creating a dramatic coastline. Rich in World War 2 history, with a number of gun emplacements, an observation tower and a command post still in tack, you can explore all or this on the Forts Walk.
Leap into an adrenaline-fuelled adventure with a bungy jump or Minjin Swing at the Cairns Bungy
Tower located in lush rainforest with views of the Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef.
Travel along the scenic route between Brisbane and Rockhampton to some of Queensland’s most iconic destinations including Fraser Island and the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Sit back in an Economy or Business Seat and enjoy
refreshments from the Galley or trolley seat service along the way. Travelling at speeds of 160 kilometres per hour, it gets its name from gently tilting whilst taking curves at speed..
Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and resorts near the Great Barrier Reef.
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