Great Barrier Reeft

Explore Tropical North Queensland

Latest News|Published 19 December 2023

Help your customers explore the wonders of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef region with Qantas. Connect to Cairns (Great Barrier Reef) through our extensive global network, with convenient routes via Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. 

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Enjoy a meal or snack every time you fly with us, as well as a range of refreshments including beer and wine.

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Flying to more than 90 destinations across Australia and the world.

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Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn and use Qantas Points in Australia and around the world and can earn Status Credits on eligible flights.

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See more of Australia for less

Book international economy flights to Australia with Qantas Explorer and save on domestic flights.>  Your customers can explore more of the country for less, whether it's Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, Alice Springs and Uluru, or Sydney and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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One ticket, endless adventures

Unlock exclusive deals on hand-picked experiences with Qantas Passenger Perks. Your customers can enjoy a 20% discount on a full-day snorkeling cruise to the Great Barrier Reef and more.  

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Things to do

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living ecosystem and can be seen from space. Spanning 2,300km from Bundaberg to Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region, it’s a biodiverse paradise, home to an array of marine life, including six of the world’s seven marine turtle species and the elusive dwarf minke whales.

With so many ways to explore this World Heritage-listed area, the question is where to start. Explore one of the thousands of snorkel and dive sites, from fringing reefs to the outer Great Barrier Reef, accessible from the many beaches and islands scattered along the coastline. Take a day trip to Agincourt Reef from Port Douglas, swimming alongside vibrant corals and marine life.  

For the most breathtaking view, take a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef from one of the many operators spanning the coastline. You can even land on Vlassoff Cay for a private beach picnic. Adventure-seekers can sail their way through the turquoise waters of The Whitsundays, hopping around the 74 islands. For nature-lovers, dive into a liveaboard experience in Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region, the only place in the world where humans can interact with dwarf minke whales.

Qantas is proud to partner with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. We've sponsored one baby coral for every Qantas employee, contributing to the restoration of the Great Barrier Reef. This partnership helps protect our natural environment and ensures everyone can continue to experience our iconic Aussie landmarks. 

Create your adventure Great Barrier Reef Island

Find your paradise

Discover which Great Barrier Reef island is best for you. Seek out snorkeling and seabirds on Lady Musgrave Island, dive into vivid coral ranges on Lady Elliot Island or rejuvenate at the luxurious Hamilton Island.

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Important Information

Disclaimer: ∆ Meals, beverages, entertainment offerings vary between flight times. 

Disclaimer: * The number of destinations is correct as at 26 April 2023, but is subject to change.

Disclaimer: # You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.

Disclaimer: ** Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 value unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through in a new tab or window, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable).   

Disclaimer: > Qantas Explorer fares must be booked in conjunction with a Qantas international fare to Australia or New Zealand and have the same validity as your international ticket. Savings are based on a comparison with the year-round fare. At times, there may be sale fares available that may be cheaper than the Qantas Explorer fare for that routing. To include Qantas Explorer fares for your trip to Australia or New Zealand, you can choose the multi-city option when making your booking.  

# Book Qantas Passenger Perks for international Qantas marketed flights into Australia between May 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024, subject to availability; Domestic flights within Australia are excluded.