Townsville North Queensland Great Barrier Reef

Townsville North Queensland has been keeping a few cards close to its chest, known only by the savvy locals who have been savouring the lack of crowds, 320 days of sunshine, and pristine conditions found in the central Great Barrier Reef.

From private helicopter rides to twilight ‘Sip and Sail’ cruises, to the self-guided snorkel trails off Magnetic Island, there are plenty of ways to explore the Great Barrier Reef when you base yourself in Townsville. Affectionately known as ‘the island’ to locals, Magnetic Island is the laidback home of around 2500 happy residents and an epically diverse natural landscape. But to truly appreciate her in all her forms, you’ve got to go beyond the bitumen and explore via land, sea and sky.

If eat, sleep, dive, repeat sounds like your kinda jam, you’ll be itching to book yourself on this camp and dive safari to Pelorus Island. (Never heard it? She’s one Townsville’s best-kept-secrets!).

If you’re keener than a parrotfish on coral to discover the underwater world, then getting your scuba certification at one of these locales should be top of the #lifegoals list. 

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Bedarra Island, Cassowary Coast Area
From AU$1390 - 2390
When you just want to retreat from the world, there is no better place to escape to than the all-inclusive haven of Bedarra. With just ten villas hidden amongst 45 hectares of tropical rainforest, Bedarra offers solitude, privacy and sublime views over the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef, with a maximum of 20 guests.

Peppers Blue on Blue Resort

Magnetic Island, Townsville Area
From AU$194 - 580
Experience the unique allure of one of Australia’s most relaxed escape destinations, Peppers Blue on Blue Resort on Magnetic Island. Just 20 minutes by ferry from Townsville, Magnetic Island is a blend of native Australian bushland, breathtaking beaches and sandy bays.
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