The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

While it can be seen from space, the only way to fully appreciate the natural marvel that is the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef is by diving on in. With hundreds of islands harbouring enchanting underwater activities, lush rainforests and accommodation so exclusive it feels like you own the place, you’ll leave with a new definition of paradise. 

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Places to stay

From sleeping in a swag under a blanket of stars on Cruise Whitsundays’ Reef Sleep, to kicking back at luxury island lodges like Orpheus Island off Townsville, there’s an accommodation option to suit any type of Great Barrier Reef holiday.

Enjoy the sunny side of life at Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort in Cairns - a sleek and aesthetically cool five-star resort option, with a focus on sustainable luxury. Dive into the sand-fringed lagoon pool before a sunset tipple at rooftop digs, Rocco.

If going off the grid is on the cards, set off to Heron Island to spend your days snorkelling with white-spotted eagle rays, turtles and exploring the HMAS Protector shipwreck. Just off Townsville is Magnetic Island where the itinerary consists of soaking up the views of the Forts Walk, hand-feeding the resident rock wallabies and an array of water activities.

Check in to Thala Beach Nature Reserve between Cairns and Port Douglas for a truly tropical escape, home to a coconut plantation and boasting views of the Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, another UNESCO site and the world’s oldest rainforest.

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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 startOpens external site in a new window? 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 tripOpens external site in a new window to Agincourt Reef from Port Douglas, swimming alongside vibrant corals and marine life. Or, you can opt to indulge in the laidback luxuries of an island escape at spots like Lady Musgrave Island off the Southern Great Barrier Reef or Lady Elliot Island off Bundaberg.

For the most breathtaking view, you’ll want to 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. 

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Discover Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region with Qantas. In partnership with Tourism Events Queensland, we sent Jarrad Seng to the region to discover the magic of the Great Barrier Reef, it's rolling waterfalls, golden beaches and untouched wilderness. Start your Cairns and Great Barrier Reef adventure today with Qantas.   

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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 qantas.com/hotels, 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).  

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