Where is the Great Barrier Reef?

Some selected Cairns Great Barrier Reef Day Tours that won't dissappoint

Green Island Day Cruise - full or half day from $84
Swift Reef Cruise - Snorkelling & Scuba from $175

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the planets's largest reef ecosystem composed of over 2,900 separate reefs and over 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of over 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The Great Barrier Reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia.

Cairns is undoubtedly the most popular access point to the Great Barrier Reef, with options to suit just about everybody, however you may also access the reef from Townsville, Mackay, Rockhanmpton or Bundaberg. While located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park the Whitsunday Islands are not actually located on the Great Barrier Reef.


The Great Barrier Reef is the worlds only living structure that can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef ecosystem is built by billions of tiny creatures, known as coral polyps. This reef supports an amazing diversity of life and was awarded a World Heritage Listing in 1981. America's CNN recently labeled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is also a recognised state icon of Queensland.


A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to pretect the reef from the impact of human uses, such as fishing and tourism. Other environmental pressures on the reef and its ecosystem include farming runoff, climate change accompanied by mass coral bleaching, and cyclic population outbreaks of the crown-of-thorns starfish.

The Great Barrier Reef is an extremely popular destination for tourists from both Australia and the rest of the world, especially the northern sections accessed from Cairns and Port Douglas. Tourism is a very important economic activity for the region, generating $1 billion per year, and employing thousands of people.


Please note - The popular Islands on this map are not to scale


Swift Reef Cruise - Snorkel/Scuba Dive

3 Spectacular Great Barrier Reef locations, 5 Hours at the Reef, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Introductory Diving, Tropical Buffet Lunch, Snorkel Tour.         
Prices from $175 per adult.

Passions of Paradise - Snorkel / Sail / Dive

2 Great Reef locations in the one day, Michaelmas Cay & Paradise Reef, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Glass Bottom Boat, Buffet Lunch, Exciting sail home.     
Prices from $139 per adult.

Liveaboard Scuba Diving - FREE UPGRADES

Pay for 2 days / 1 night and you'll get to spend 3 days / 2 nights on the reef. Pay for 3 days / 2 night and you'll get to spend 4 days / 3 nights on the reef.
3 days / 2 nights from $370

Reef Encounter - Scuba/Snorkel/Intro Dive

One of Cairns Favourite Liveaboards. Onboard Spa. Snorkellers and Intro Divers welcome too. Great Value & Heaps of Fun.         
Prices from $370 per adult.

SS Yongala Wreck Diving - Day Trip

Consistently ranked as one of the Worlds Best Dive Sites.  The only commercially diveable Wreck Dive on the Great Barrier Reef. Everything is big – big fish, big schools, big wreck.
2 Dives from $226

PRO DIVE - 3 day / 2 nights

Quality Cairns Liveabnoard Scuba Diving. 11 dives in total including 2 night dives. Great Boat, Great Service, Great Cairns Scuba Diving.
3 days / 2 nights from $620

Mike Ball Dive - Fly / Dive Cod Hole

Dive the World Famous Cod Hole. All Diving north of Cooktown.          3 Days / 3 Nights , 12 Dives including 2 night dives. Pristine |Northern Ribbon Reefs. Low level scenic Flight Lizard Isl/Cairns.
3 days / 3 nights from $1547

Sonic Scuba Diving - Port Douglas

Upto 3 Dives on the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs. Cairns or Port Douglas departures. Best dives sites available on any day trip from Cairns
daytrip from $185



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