Southern Great Barrier Reef

Snorkel & Dive – Epic Marine Encounters
Coral Island Escapes

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Southern Great Barrier Reef
the official start of Australia's Barrier Reef, and 'Where Great Begins'

This region of Queensland is a paradise of coral cay islands, coastal beach towns, and natural wilderness, that’s only 4 hours drive north of Brisbane.

A pristine coral coastline stretching from Hervey Bay to Bundaberg and through to Gladstone, Rockhampton right up the Capricorn Coast.

Bucket list islands of Lady Elliot, Lady Musgrave and Heron are a must visit offering “big” marine life interactions and seabird sanctuaries.

The increasingly popular Great Keppel Islands, including sustainable stays on tiny Pumpkin Island are located off the Rockhampton Coast.

The Southern Great Barrier Reef offers excellent opportunities to snorkel and dive with Manta Rays and Bundaberg’s Mon Repos Conservation Park is home to the largest loggerhead turtle nesting grounds in the southern hemisphere.

Travel Highlights
  • Lady Elliot Island  – Overnight on this ecotourism success story and ‘home of the manta ray
  • Lady Musgrave Island – Daily tours depart Bundaberg for pristine snorkel, dive and walk experience
  • Turtle Express – Take a tour from Bundaberg to witness turtle nesting and hatching (November to March)
  • Wilson Island – Offering an exclusive, romantic and sustainable castaway experience hosting just 18 guest per night.
Travel Tips
  • Mon Repos Turtle Encounters get booked out in holiday periods, book in advance!
  • Lady Elliot Island can be visited from Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Brisbane and Gold Coast
  • Sunset Safaris offer a 3 Day 2 Night Great Barrier Reef adventures from Brisbane
How to get to Southern Great Barrier Reef Region
  • Bundaberg Regional Airport (BDB): Virgin Australia and Qantas fly direct daily from Brisbane
  • Bundaberg Regional Airport (BDB): Virgin Australia and Qantas fly direct daily from Brisbane
  • Self-driving: Brisbane to Bundaberg is a 4 hour drive
  • Train Services: Queensland Rail’s Tilt Train offers fast daily services between Brisbane and Bundaberg
  • Bus Services from Brisbane/Gold Coast: Greyhound and Premier Motors offer daily connections and bus passes
  • Bus Services from Sydney: Greyhound and Premier Motors offer daily connections and bus passes
  • Bus Services from Cairns: Greyhound and Premier Motors offer daily connections and bus passes

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