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Great Barrier Reef  Whitsundays - Australia

Stretching more than 2000km along the Queensland coastline and covering 35 million hectares, the Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef. It is home to an abundance of marine wildlife - including more than 1500 brilliantly coloured species of tropical fish, 4000 species of molluscs, 400 species of sponge and 300 species of hard corals. Rated as an area of outstanding universal value means this site receives World Heritage status.

Extensive seagrass beds provide a home for the dugong, a mammal species internationally listed as endangered. The reef also contains nesting grounds of world significance for the endangered green and loggerhead turtles. It is also a breeding area for humpback whales that migrate from the Antarctic to the reef to give birth to their young in the warm waters.

The great Barrier Reef’s islands and cays support bird species by the hundred, including reef herons, ospreys, frigate birds and sea eagles. The reef is also of cultural importance, containing many archaeological sites of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin. Some notable examples include Lizard and Hinchinbrook Islands with their spectacular galleries of rock paintings.

The Great Barrier Reef region deserves more than a day trip and a number of island resorts are located between the reef itself and the mainland.

Classic Resorts: Heron Island, Dunk Island Brampton Island Offer a diversity of experiences including family friendly adventures, great diving and relaxing beach holidays combined with comfortable resort surroundings.

Heron Island is located on a true coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef. Being an ecological resort, you will be fascinated by your natural surroundings and marvel at life on the reef. Underwater, you can explore a living garden of coral and may come across turtles, manta rays, colourful fish and other magnificent marine life.
Heron Island lies on the Tropic of Capricorn, 72 kilometres NE off the coast from Gladstone.

Dunk Island is Australia's most beautiful tropical rainforest island. Located on the Great Barrier Reef, Dunk offers an amazing variety of activities, facilities and experiences. It was known to the first inhabitants as "Coonanglebah" - the Island of Peace and Plenty.
Dunk Island is located approximately 4 kilometres off the Tropical North Queensland coast, midway between Townsville and Cairns.

A fun, tropical Whitsunday Island. Brampton Island is almost entirely national park with twelve golden sandy beaches and its own coral reef. Sitting at the southern entrance of the Whitsunday Passage, Brampton is a blue water, white sand tropical island. Enjoy exciting activities and fantastic snorkelling, or familiarise yourself with the walking tracks througout the island. Brampton Island is all about fun, relaxation and pure escapism.
Brampton Island is approximately 40km north east of Mackay

Premium Resorts: Bedarra, Lizard and Wilson Islands, all have something to offer "above and beyond" the classic resorts. They deliver personalised service, exquisite food and a host of activities in distinctly unique and intimate settings on the Great Barrier Reef.

Bedarra Island is an exclusive hideaway, catering for just 32 guests in 16 villas. Retreat into your secluded villa, explore hidden beaches in your own personal dinghy, relax over a private picnic, or enjoy a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Then sample local delicacies on the open-air terrace restaurant, with a freshly prepared menu every day.
Bedarra Island is located approximately 4 kilometres off the Tropical North Queensland coast, midway between Townsville and Cairns.

Wilson Island is a tiny coral cay and part of the Great Barrier Reef. Its pristine waters host an unimaginable variety of marine life including colourful coral and fish. With designer-inspired tents for just 12 guests, Wilson Island gives you the opportunity to connect with nature. Take up residence in a hammock for the afternoon or snorkel among the wonders of the coral gardens; you might even experience nesting turtles and their hatchlings.
Wilson Island is located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, approximately 72 kilometres north east off the coast of Gladstone and 15 kilometres from nearby Heron Island.

Lizard Island Located right on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, fringed with coral reefs and 24 powdery white beaches. Lizard Island is an idyllic retreat offering sensational diving, snorkelling right off the beach, inner and outer reef fishing, gourmet beach picnics and indulgent spa treatments. Featuring 40 elegant villas, Lizard Island is reserved for a fortunate few.
Lizard Island is located 240km north of Cairns and 27km off the coast of North Queensland.



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