Regions

Explore the nine regions of the Great Barrier Reef.

Fitzroy Island Resort, Tropical North Queensland

Cairns Tropical North Queensland

Cairns Tropical North Queensland
Fitzroy Island Resort, Tropical North Queensland

Cairns and Port Douglas are the gateways to the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns, Tropical North Queensland offers the best scuba diving and snorkelling tours to experience the Reef's unique marine life and brilliant corals. Book your Great Barrier Reef tour today!

Sailing, Hamilton Island, Whitsundays

The Whitsundays

The Whitsundays
Sailing, Hamilton Island, Whitsundays

A tropical island archipelago offshore from Airlie Beach, the stunning Whitsundays is renowned for sailing, Whitehaven beach, iconic resorts, Scenic Flights over Heart Reef and Great Barrier Reef sailing holidays. Book your dream Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef tours here, live availability

Townsville, North Queensland

Townsville North Queensland

Townsville North Queensland
Townsville, North Queensland

With the natural beauty of its World Heritage-listed national parks, colourful Great Barrier Reef, and warm tropical climate teamed with a buzzing cultural scene and world-class events, the Townsville region excites and entices visitors from all over the world.

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Kangaroos on the beach at sunrise, Cape Hillsborough

Mackay Region

Mackay Region
Kangaroos on the beach at sunrise, Cape Hillsborough

Whether it’s watching the sunrise over the beach with the wallabies and kangaroos, relaxing on a secluded island or bushwalking Australia’s longest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest, the Mackay Region offers an abundance of natural beauty and raw experiences with good-natured, friendly hospitality.

Aerial of Great Keppel Island

Capricorn Region

Capricorn Region
Aerial of Great Keppel Island

Immerse yourself in one of Queensland’s best kept coastal gems with the Southern Great Barrier Reef, rugged wilderness, a rich history and secluded beaches at your doorstep.

Fitzroy Reef Lagoon, Gladstone Region

Gladstone Region

Gladstone Region
Fitzroy Reef Lagoon, Gladstone Region

The Gladstone region is one of Queensland’s best kept secrets with an abundance of pristine beaches, untouched islands and subtropical hinterland waiting to be discovered.

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A turtle-y hello from Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg

Bundaberg North Burnett

Bundaberg North Burnett
A turtle-y hello from Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg

Hailed as a major food bowl for the nation, the Bundaberg North Burnett region produces 25 per cent of Australia’s produce, is the southernmost gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, and home to a rare colony of nesting marine turtles.

Whale watching,  Hervey Bay

Fraser Coast

Fraser Coast
Whale watching,  Hervey Bay

Combining some of Queensland’s most incredible history with some of its most stunning geography and natural events, the Fraser Coast, home to the Whale Watch Capital of the World and the world's largest sand island, is a true tourism gem in the Great Barrier Reef tale.

Cape York, The Wild North

The Wild North

The Wild North
Cape York, The Wild North

Looking for the ultimate adventure? Australia’s Wild North offers both a rich history and an abundance of remote natural beauty.

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Iconic Destinations

Discover the Great Barrier Reef's iconic coastal, hinterland and island destinations.

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Kuranda

Kuranda

Kuranda

Kuranda is the quaint ‘Village in the Rainforest’, nestled on the Atherton Tablelands, is famed for its markets, wildlife experiences, and fudge. Travelling to and from Kuranda is a spectacle in its own right. Experience the best of Kuranda, the rainforest and surrounding attractions with one of our great $$$ saver combo deal tours.

Cairns, Tropical North Queensland

Cairns

Cairns

Cairns is the gateway to the World Heritage-listed double act of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, Cairns offers world-class tours and attractions, beautiful coral reefs and rainforests and a safe destination for a laid-back tropical holiday in Australia.

Beachfront dining, Palm Cove

Palm Cove

Palm Cove

Conveniently located between Cairns and Port Douglas, the beachside suburb of Palm Cove is one of Australia's most popular destinations for weddings and romantic holidays and also a safe destination for family holidays during the peak school holiday periods, featuring 3 to 5-star resorts, holiday apartments and hotels.

Port Douglas,Tropical North Queensland

Port Douglas

Port Douglas

Sophisticated eateries and bars, luxurious holiday homes and resorts, and a bustling marina – Port Douglas is the number one destination for celebrities to holiday and mix it up with the locals. An ideal location from which you can explore the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

Zip lining through the rainforest, Daintree Rainforest

Daintree Rainforest

Daintree Rainforest

Lauded by Sir David Attenborough as “the most extraordinary place on earth”, the Daintree Rainforest is home to a diverse array of prehistoric flora and fauna. A visit to Cairns Tropical North Queensland isn’t complete without exploring this magical part of the region.

Fitzroy Island Resort, Tropical North Queensland

Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island

For families, Fitzroy Island is a favourite. Double kayaks, a massive ocean trampoline, and a glass-bottom boat mean it’s ideal for kids of all ages.

Cities

Find out about the eight cities that lie within the regions of the Great Barrier Reef.

View of Cairns Lagoon at dusk

Cairns

Cairns

Cairns is the gateway to the World Heritage-listed double act of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, Cairns offers world-class tours and attractions, beautiful coral reefs and rainforests and a safe destination for a laid-back tropical holiday in Australia.

The Strand beachfront, Townsville

Townsville city

Townsville city

The thriving city of Townsville isn’t named the cultural capital of regional Australia for no reason – this is a city with style and innovation and has the added bonus of providing remarkable nature and outdoor experiences for just about everyone.

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Mackay Marina

Mackay city and marina

Mackay city and marina

Whether it’s soaking up some local culture as you take in the views of the blue Pioneer River, or indulging in fresh seafood and cool drinks at the luxurious Mackay Marina, the Mackay City and Marina offer a fabulous mix of inner-city style and luxury living.

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Riverside walk, Rockhampton

Rockhampton

Rockhampton

Known as the ‘Beef Capital of Australia,’ Rockhampton is located in the central Capricorn Region boasting a rich history and an abundance of natural wonders.

Gladstone marina

Gladstone CBD

Gladstone CBD

Situated in the heart of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Gladstone CBD is fast becoming a popular tropical getaway for all types of visitors.

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Bundaberg, Bundaberg North Burnett

Bundaberg

Bundaberg

Mention Bundaberg and the two words that come to mind are rum and turtles. This sub-tropical city is best known for its iconic rum and its nesting and hatching loggerhead turtles.

Hervey Bay Pier, Fraser Coast

Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay

Renowned as the Whale Watching Capital of the World, Hervey Bay lives up to its glowing global reputation for natural experiences, adventures and excitement.

Maryborough, Fraser Coast

Maryborough

Maryborough

Maryborough is an historic city which knows how to celebrate its past, present and future with buildings that remain in a similar condition to their original days and cafes, quirky stores and museums galore.

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