Great Barrier Reef Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most well-known natural attractions, and is the world’s largest coral reef. Great Barrier Reef Queensland stretches for a whopping 2600 kilometres.
One area the Great Barrier Reef reaches is the Whitsunday islands, a popular spot for diving vacations. The 74 islands that make up Whitsunday are surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef Australia, making it the perfect spot to try your hand at diving the Great Barrier Reef.
See our huge list of tours to the reef - Great Barrier Reef Tours.
Diving on the Great Barrier Reef is the best way to experience the thrill of scuba diving. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef travel will let you experience the natural beauty of the reef, as well as its many surrounding areas.
The Far North
Cape York, Bamaga, The Daintree Rainforest and Thursday Island Australia are other fantastic areas near the reef, all in tropical North Queensland. Bamaga Queensland offers easy access to Thursday Island, while a Cape York trip might involve taking part in one of the famous Cape York fishing safaris.
The Far North [Cook Town accommodation]
Cooktown & Lizard Island Region
Another popular area is Cooktown, along with Lizard Island and the Ribbon Reef region. Cooktown Queensland boasts gorgeous mountain views and the nearby Daintree Rainforest, while Lizard Island Australia features world-class accommodation like the Lizard Island Resort (Hotel). Cooktown accommodation is also of an excellent standard.
Cooktown, Lizard Island Region [Lizard Island accommodation]
Cairns & Port Douglas
Cairns and Port Douglas Australia are also popular far-north destinations. A Port Douglas holiday involves relaxing at hotels, enjoying a Port Douglas restaurant, or using a charter boat to explore the reef. Travel around Port Douglas is made easier with a map of the area.
Cairns and Port Douglas Region [Port Douglas accommodation]
Hinchinbrook is another northern area worth a visit. Mission Beach lies between the reef and the rainforest, and is a whopping 14km long. Mission Beach Australia also has the advantage point of being right beside the reef. Hinchinbrook Island contains Australia’s largest national park, while Ingham is a pleasant sugar-farming town.
The Hitchinbrook Region
Nearby Townsville Australia is an ever-growing city, with attractions galore. Relax at quality Townsville accommodation like a Townsville hotel, or check out the Yongala Wreck which dates back to 1911. Ayr is a nearby small town, in the heart of the sugar cane area. Magnetic Island is just off shore with a ferry service running daily from Townsville.
The Townsville Region [Townsville accommodation]
The Whitsunday Islands in the middle of the reef feature numerous attractions. Try Whitsundays diving, private yacht charter or Whitsunday sailing. Areas like beautiful Airlie Beach feature stellar accommodation, while Daydream Island and Hamilton Island are well worth visiting too. Boat charter Whitsunday will allow you to explore such islands as Hook Island, Lindeman Island, and South Molle Island.
The Whitsundays [Whitsunday accommodation]
The coastal city of Mackay lies between Brisbane and Cairns, and has the reef on its doorstep. Mackay is great for fishing, charter boat hire and rainforest walks and treks. The world-class Brampton Island resort in the nearby Whitsunday Islands is well worth a visit, or you could simply enjoy staying at a beach in Mackay Australia.
The Mackay Region [Mackay accommodation]
The Capricorn Coast encompasses Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg and Yeppoon, and is home to breathtaking landscapes and gorgeous beaches. Rockhampton is the largest town, while the Swain reefs can be found east of Yeppoon, a popular village-like town.
The Capricorn Coast [Gladstone accommodation]