Southern Great Barrier Reef

Just 4 hours drive from Brisbane and stretching from Bundaberg through to Gladstone, Rockhampton and right up the Capricorn Coast, the Southern Great Barrier Reef is the official start of one of the world’s great wonders. Boasting colourful coral cays, authentic seaside towns and island jewels, the Southern Great Barrier Reef provides a pristine and picture perfect getaway.

  • Discover the beauty of one of the many island gems including Lady Elliot, Lady Musgrave, Heron, Wilson and Great Keppel Islands.
  • Experience world class snorkelling and dive locations, where you can get up close to resident marine life including hundreds of species of beautiful tropical fish, turtles and manta rays.
  • Go cruising and sailing around the islands and see the awe-inspiring reefs just waiting to be discovered. 

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    From AU$190.00 - 190.00
    Lady Musgrave Cruises, operating for over 20 years, travel daily to one of the seven natural wonders of the world - The Great Barrier Reef. Travel to Lady Musgrave Island and lagoon, a lagoon of approximately 3000 hectares with over 350 varieties of pristine colourful coral and 1300 species of tropical fish. Experience the only navigable lagoon and coral island on the Great Barrier Reef. Cruise in sheer comfort on the Spirit of 1770 and moor alongside the floating pontoon, Reef Sanctuary. Lady Musgrave lagoon is a true Coral Cay. Departing daily at 8.30am from the town of Seventeen Seventy, just over five hours drive from Brisbane, and the closest point by sea to Lady Musgrave Island, you can spend more time on the reef and less time travelling by sea. You will experience snorkelling, island walking, glass bottom boat, coral viewing, semi-submersible submarine tours, diving, fishing and fish feeding. Swim with turtles and in season view whales cruising to and from Seventeen Seventy. Lady Musgrave Island and her magical coral fringed lagoon are the perfect location to explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef first hand. Experience all the Southern Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

    Cochrane Artificial Reef Dive Site

    Bargara, Bundaberg Area
    Free Entry
    Cochrane Artificial Reef in Woongarra Marine Park offers a variety of sites just off the coast from Bargara, Elliot Heads or Riverview in the Bundaberg region. Explore the 33 metre wreck 'Ceratadus II' (Sand Dredge), two Mohawk aircraft, King Air aircraft, water tower and a huge concrete modules, pipes and other structures. There are manta rays, dolphins, pelagics, friendly estuary cod, family of grouper, coral trout, red emporer, mackeral, tuskfish, leopard sharks rays and numerous coral reef species.

    Topdeck Travel

    Multiple Locations
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    From AU$1195.00 - 2995.00
    Topdeck Travel do epic road trips throughout Australia for travellers between 18 and 39. They realise that everyone's different, which is why all trips include heaps of free time to play and explore. It's your trip, your way. Your trip includes all the must-see, must-do activities and top-notch local fare to recharge those batteries between stops, which means you can spend your money where it matters and they'll take care of the rest. You will travel in modern coaches, stay in unique accommodation and hang out with other young explorers bent on seeing the world. So whether you want to cruise along the great ocean road, go on a road trip through the outback or learn to surf on the east coast, Topdeck will make it happen.

    Executive Transfers Gladstone

    Gladstone, Gladstone Area
    From AU$120.00 - 120.00
    Tours around the Gladstone region, Southern Great Barrier Reef, Agnes Waters, Town of 1770, Bundaberg, Heron Island transfers, Lady Musgrave Island cruises, coffee cruises, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, accommodation transfers, airport transfers, Cruise Ship tours, Gladstone City highlight tours, Industry tours. Their aim is to provide their guests with a high quality service they can rely on to get them where they need to go on time every time, whether it is a tour or transfer utilising their high quality staff and luxurious European Mercedes vehicles.

    Freedom Fast Cats

    Multiple Locations
    From AU$55.00 - 138.00
    Freedom Fast Cats takes you through the spectacular Keppel Bay Islands; located at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef near the Tropic of Capricorn, and boasting some of the most pristine beaches, and unspoilt habitats the reef has to offer. Join the experienced crew for a memorable day exploring the Keppel bay Islands. They have a range of different cruising options to suit all ages. If you like a more laid back pace, sit back relax and soak up the scenery as you cruise the coves and beaches. For the more adventurous type they have glass bottom boat cruises, snorkelling and the famous boom-netting. Guaranteed to be a highlight of your visit to the Capricorn Coast!

    Australian Sunset Safaris

    Multiple Locations
    From AU$169.00 - 1104.00
    Picture yourself travelling in a four-wheel drive bus along Fraser Island's beaches and rainforest tracks, swimming in a crystal clear lake with a white sandy bottom. Or how about paddling in a completely transparent kayak over sunken Moreton Island ship wrecks, seeing an abundance of fish and colourful coral through the bottom of your kayak? Or maybe picture yourself stepping off a beautiful coral cay into turquoise water, snorkelling through mazes of brightly coloured coral, seeing big sea turtles swimming slowly by as you laze in the beautiful warm water of a coral lagoon. You can do it all with Australian Sunset Safaris, they make your dreams a reality at a price you can afford, without sacrificing quality and comfort. Australian Sunset Safaris operate from the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. They offer adventure tours to some of the most prestigious natural attractions in Queensland, ranging from one to six day adventure package tours. Queensland's ultimate Adventure tours covered at affordable prices. Come and see why Australian Sunset Safaris is the number one tour company for Fraser Island, Moreton Island and the Southern Great Barrier Reef! Tripadvisor Winner 2013, 2014 and 2015.

    Manta Ray Bommie Dive SIte

    Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
    Free Entry
    Manta Ray Bommie is not just one coral head, but a collection of bommies off the western side of Lady Musgrave Island. These bommies come in a range of sizes, in depths from 12 to 20 metres, with the biggest ones decorated with gorgonians, soft corals and sponges. Numerous reef fish populate these bommies, common being goatfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, sweetlips and parrotfish. Divers also regularly encounter turtles, stingrays and reef sharks in this area. But the main attraction is the manta rays that hover atop the largest of these bommies as they get cleaned by swarms of cleaner wrasse.

    Lady Musgrave Island Dive Sites

    Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
    Free Entry
    Lady Musgrave Island on the Great Barrier Reef is accessible from either Bundaberg or the Town of 1770. This 44 acre coral cay sits in a lagoon of approximately 3,000 acres with 14 world class dive sites: Manta Ray and Entrance Bombies, Napoleon's Wall and The Drop-off to name a few. Snorkel the shallows or dive coral gardens on the northern side and the extensive drop-off on the southern side. Divers and snorkellers may come face to face with manta rays, turtles, schooling fish, reef sharks, colourful reef fish, stingrays, and even sea snakes.

    Lighthouse Bommies Dive Site

    Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
    Free Entry
    Just off the western side of Lady Elliot Island is a group of small coral outcrops known as Lighthouse Bommies. Descend down the mooring line and drift onto the bommies to discover a vast array of marine life - batfish, stingrays, white-spotted shovelnose rays, green and loggerhead turtles, sea snakes, moray eels, coral trout, reef sharks, trevally, barracuda, and manta rays waiting to be groomed by cleaner wrasse. At times leopard sharks and tasselled wobbegong sharks can be found resting at these wonderful bommies.
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