Sweeping from Lady Elliott in the south to beyond Haggerstone Island in the north are the islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Some are tiny specks, others little more than sandy cay swirls, crowded with seabirds, whilst several are densely vegetated and encased in rock. Dip below the surface and you’ll find tufts of brilliant blue, vibrant green brain coral and swirling tentacles, the tips of which glow like lights on a Christmas tree.
Washed by the warm waters of the south-west Pacific Ocean this perfect environment is considered to be in such pristine condition that it is protected by the UNESCO World Heritage Trust to ensure that its future beauty is maintained.
Out of 2,000 islands less than 20 accommodate visitors, and standards range from remote luxury resorts to basic camp sites. Alternatively, you can visit a number of islands on a cruise or by hiring a yacht.
Places to visit in the Great Barrier Reef
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Great Barrier Reef, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring the Great Barrier Reef
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Great Barrier Reef, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of the Great Barrier Reef
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around the Great Barrier Reef
Accommodation choices for the Great Barrier Reef
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Great Barrier Reef. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.