Great Barrier Reef - Cruises & Flights

The reef itself is about 70 km from the mainland and about 45 km from the outer islands.

The Great Barrier Reef is so unique, over 2000km long, running along our coast. It is internationally recognised as a declared World Heritage Listed Area.

We daily have one cruise company visiting the Barrier Reef, being Cruise Whitsundays (operating 10+ years) utilising the famous Reefworld facility that has been in use for 20 years. Their boat goes through the Whitsunday Islands, but may only stop to pick up more guests at some resorts along the way – so you can not get off. You will not see Whitehaven Beach.

Cruise in large catamaran vessels that offer sophisticated floating pontoons upon arrival with fresh water change facilities, underwater viewing chambers, snorkelling, coral submarines and more. Optional extra’s are Scuba Diving and a 10 minute scenic helicopter flight to the famous Heart Reef. Includes bus pick-ups, lunch, morning and afternoon teas.

Cruises vary from 1 ½ to 2 ¾ hours to get to the reef and spend over about 4 hours out there.

Seaplane and helicopter flights take about 30 minutes to get to the reef from the mainland with the bonus of panoramic views over the Whitsundays, the added benefit of small groups of people and an all round shorter time frame – usually from a minimum 1 hour scenic or 3 hours if stopping on the reef.

As an alternative to the Great Barrier Reef the enriched Whitsunday Islands offer “fringing island reefs” that in areas around Hook and Hayman Islands are quite popular – however it must be said there is nothing quite like a day to the extraordinary World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef.

Location: Knuckle Reef
Cruise in comfort to Reefworld, where you can snorkel, coral view and dive these tropical waters and view the wonders of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef.
Starting From: AU $225

Tourism Whitsundays 74 Islands Logo