Cairns, Port Douglas & The Wild North Great Barrier Reef

Home to two World Heritage-listed natural wonders and boasting a unique environment where Australia's largest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns and Port Douglas are natural hotspots for tropical experiences and reef-based adventure. There’s enough reef, sun, and wildlife to keep you occupied for a lifetime.

  • Get a birds-eye view from a scenic helicopter flight and soar above the Daintree Rainforest and Ribbon Reefs before touching down on your very own sand cay on the outer-reef for a picnic lunch.
  • For the adventure of a lifetime, join a research expedition and swim with dwarf minke whales.
  • Go on a coral reef walkabout underwater and keep your hair dry! With tours available from Green Island and Moore Reef, it’s an amazing way to see coral creatures and marine life up close.
  • Take the plunge and learn to dive on the Great Barrier Reef. For the ultimate experience, combine your course with an all-inclusive liveaboard trip to the outer reefs and experience what rush hour traffic is like on the largest reef in the world.

The Wild North

For those who have already been there, done that and got the t-shirts, the reef’s Wild North offers endless opportunities to get in touch with your inner Bear Grylls.

  • Experience game fishing and discover the hidden cultural treasures of the Torres Strait Islands. The Great Barrier Reef off Cape York is also the place to be for truly amazing sport fishing, with northern bluefin tuna, dog-tooth tuna, yellowfin tuna, marlin, and huge Spanish mackerel up for grabs.
  • Feed the resident giant potato cods that weigh 150kg, witness a live shark feed on Osprey Reef or in the winter season watch pods of minke whales and dolphins as they frolic in the warm water.
  • Dive the world famous waters of the Cod Hole at Lizard Island and visit the remote Haggerstone Island, accessible only by air from a neighbouring Island.

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Bedarra

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.

Lizard Island Resort

Lizard Island, Cook Area
From AU$1949 - 6789
Lizard Island, Australia's northernmost island resort on the Great Barrier Reef, is truly secluded from the rest of the world and is located a one hour scenic flight over the reef from Cairns. With only one resort on the island hosting 40 rooms – it is the tranquility and natural beauty of the island that will first greet you.

Fitzroy Island Resort

Fitzroy Island,
From AU$155 - 410
Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise of rainforest and coral beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Australia, located only 29 kilometres off Cairns. Just 45 minutes by Fast Cat, Fitzroy Island Resort offers affordable 4.

Green Island Resort

Green Island, Cairns Area
From AU$720 - 820
Located 27 kilometres across the Coral Sea from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, the eco-sensitive Resort is luxury on the Great Barrier Reef. Nestled among the rainforest and secluded from the day visitor facilities, Green Island Resort offers a unique blend of luxurious accommodation and unparalleled access to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, lush rainforest, and a spectacular array of bird and marine life.
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