Infographic: Southern Great Barrier Reef Islands

The Southern Great Barrier Reef is the official start of the Great Barrier Reef, and 'Where Great Begins'. Starting at Bundaberg, through to Gladstone, and up to the Capricorn Coast, this region is a paradise of coral cay islands, coastal beach towns, and natural wilderness, that's only 4 hours drive from Brisbane. Use the infographic below to get to know this beautiful part of the world a little bit better or jump to the Southern Great Barrier Reef section to start your holiday planning.


Southern Great Barrier Reef Infographic

How to do the Southern Great Barrier Reef Islands

Getting there

Drive times from Brisbane
  • 4hr 20mins to Bundaberg
  • 6hr 45mins to Gladstone
  • 7hr 50mins to Rockhampton
Drive times from Emerald
  • 5hr 55mins to Bundaberg
  • 4hr to Gladstone
  • 2hr 55mins to Rockhampton
Drive times from Airlie Beach
  • 8hr 35mins to Bundaberg
  • 6hr 45mins to Gladstone
  • 5hr 20mins to Rockhampton
For airport, rail and bus travel information, select a destination: Bundaberg | Gladstone | Capricorn

Best times to visit

  • November to February is the best time on the Southern Great Barrier Reef regions with turtle nesting and hatching on the coast and islands!
  • Between May and August is peak time for Manta Rays but you can snorkel and dive with them all year round.
  • Between June and November the Humpback Whale migration happens along the Queensland Coast.
  • All year round, the Southern Great Barrier Reef has some of the best visibility for snorkelling and diving on the whole reef.

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