Great Barrier Reef Luxury Yachting Guide

One of Australia's most outstanding natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the exquisite beauty of the world's largest coral reef. Stretching a ribbon of kaleidoscopic colour between the mainland towns of Port Douglas and Bundaberg, the Great Barrier Reef offers a world of island beauty above the water and a deep-sea wonderland below.

Beneath the Pacific Ocean lies a genuine Eden of over 3000 individual reef systems, coral cays and an abundance of unique marine life. Above the water are hundreds of picturesque islands boasting some of the world’s most breathtaking sun-soaked, golden beaches. Sprawling off the north-east coast of Australia, it is no surprise the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

Reef Exploration
The Reef can be explored in a myriad of different ways, each one as captivating and awe-inspiring as the next. Scattered with beautiful islands and idyllic coral cays covering more than 300 000 square kilometres, the Great Barrier Reef makes for an excellent island hoping adventure.

The route on which you can cruise this ethereal paradise can be as varied as your imagination. Head from the opulent seaside town of Port Douglas to the secluded gem of Low Isles, or coast through the Whitsundays, stopping at the perfect anchorage points of Whitehaven Beach and Butterfly Bay for some spectacular diving.

The Whitsundays
Renowned as one of the world’s most spectacular sailing grounds, The Whitsundays are a bewitching blend of sublime landscapes, intriguing marine life and endlessly perfect anchorages. Smooth seas and line-of-sight-navigation make the Reef an idyllic cruising ground for any yachting party.

Islands
Boasting an impressive range of world-class resorts simply over-flowing with luxury offerings and exclusive services are Hayman, Heron, Bedarra and Lizard Islands. For a more nature-based escape, the islands of Green and Fitzroy in the north and Dunk, Opheus, Bedarra, and Hinchinbrook in the south are lush oases rich in fascinating rainforests.

Among the most famous of the islands scattering the Reef are; Daydream, a party paradise; Hamilton, a water-sports hub; South Molle, a honeymoon heaven; and Great Keppel Island, a sun-worshippers dream.

Diving and Snorkelling
There is no better way to view the true beauty of the Great Barrier Reef than to sink beneath its water with mask and flippers. Whether snorkelling or SCUBA diving, the fascinating drop offs, underwater tunnels and coral gardens of the Reef are truly remarkable, and the presence of whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, sea snakes and tropical fish only increase its allure.

North Queensland
The Queensland mainland that protects this natural miracle is as rich in wildlife and forest beauty as the Reef Is brimming with marine treasures and flourishing sea beds. Docking along the brilliant north coast brings close the unique experiences of exploring the canopy of the Daintree Rainforest, bushwalking in the spectacular Eungella National Park or visiting the laid-back coastal towns of Cairns, Townsville and Mackay.

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