Sweeping from Lady Elliot in the south to beyond Haggerstone Island in the north lies Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Some isles are tiny specks, others little more than sandy cays crowded with seabirds, while several are rocky and densely vegetated. Below the surface, you’ll find vibrant green brain coral and swirling tentacles, their tips glowing like lights on a Christmas tree, and marine life ranging from whale sharks (at certain times of year) to turtles, dolphins, and a huge variety of fish. Having swam, scuba-dived, sailed, snorkeled and island-hopped the Great Barrier Reef, our Australia specialists can help you decide how best to explore this wonder of the world, whose scale can seem overwhelming at first.
Out of the reef’s 2,000 islands, fewer than 20 accommodate overnight guests, with choices ranging from remote luxury resorts to simple campsites. Our specialists will explain the differences between islands and point you toward options like Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, which is popular with yachters and has many good facilities as well as seclusion, or the out-and-out luxury of far-flung Lizard Island. Alternatively, you can visit a number of islands on a cruise, or by hiring a yacht. Whichever your preferences, our team will help you refine your trip to the Great Barrier Reef, based on your priorities.
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.