Townsville North Queensland Great Barrier Reef

Explore the secret side of the Great Barrier Reef from Townsville, home of some of the most intriguing reef experiences along the Queensland coast! With one of the world’s top 10 wreck dives and idyllic coral reef islands, there are plenty of adventures to brag about here.

  • Share the amazing history of the SS Yongala and scuba this 100-year-old wreck, which has been consistently rated as one of the top dive sites in the world. Its sheer size and incredible array of marine life has made it into a mecca for the experienced divers.
  • Visit the world’s largest “living coral” aquarium, Reef HQ, that is also home to a turtle hospital designed to rehabilitate sick and injured sea turtles.
  • Embark on a voyage of the sailing kind and explore the secluded and uncrowded islands of the tropics including Magnetic Island, the Palm Island group and the spectacular Orpheus Island.
  • Go on an adventure around the World Heritage listed Hinchinbrook Island and discover the remote beaches and waterfalls of the islands famous Thorsborne Trail.

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Nautilus Aviation

Multiple Locations
Nautilus Aviation has been operating as a privately-owned and operated luxury Helicopter charter company since 1993. With bases in Cairns, Townsville, Horn Island and Darwin their fleet is one of the largest and most versatile in Northern Australia.

Yongala Dive

Multiple Locations
Yongala Dive is a PADI Dive Resort offering a full range of Dive Courses, Dive Lodge and Day Trips to one of the world's top dive sites- the historic S.S. Yongala Wreck. In 1911 it sank without trace in a tragic cyclonic event.

Pleasure Divers Magnetic Island

Multiple Locations
Pleasure Divers Magnetic Island is Magnetic Island's longest running PADI and SSI dive center, offering courses and tours from beginner to professional. Pleasure Divers has been in operation for over 20 years.

Aquascene Charters - Magnetic Island

Multiple Locations
Established 12 years ago, Aquascene is a family owned and operated tour business that specialise in friendly, informative, personalised tours that combine snorkelling, fishing and exploring beautiful Magnetic Island.

Big Mama Sailing

Multiple Locations
Big Mama Sailing is owned and operated by a small family (Stu, Lisa, Fletcher and boat dog Coco). They offer a personalised and memorable sailing experience. They are based in Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island but are happy to pick up and drop off at Breakwater Marina, Townsville for private and large group bookings.

Eddy Reef Dive Site

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
Eddy Reef is located off Mission Beach and is accessible on day boats. Divers exploring this reef will find a maze of coral ridges in depths from 10 to 20 metres that are covered in some of the most beautiful corals – wide gorgonians, lovely pink whip corals and delicate soft corals.

SS Yongala Dive Site

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Situated near Cape Bowling Green off the coast between Townsville and Ayr, the SS Yongala is possibly the best wreck dive in the world. The ship, at 110 metres long, is one of the largest, most intact historic shipwrecks, as well as one of the most intriguing maritime mysteries - after sinking in 1911, the SS Yongala lay undiscovered for more than half a century.

Wheeler Reef Dive Site

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Wheeler Reef, on the Great Barrier Reef, is an easy boat trip from Townsville in North Queensland. The site offers some of the most pretty reefs for exploring by snorkelers as well as divers of all experience levels.

Lady Bowen Dive Site

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
The Lady Bowen was a 66 metre long schooner, which hit reef almost 48 kilometres from where she eventually sank, and now sits in the ocean as a reef herself, off the coast of Mission Beach. At over 100 years old and resting under 34 metres of water, the Lady Bowen dive site is now home to amazing coral formations and a plethora of colourful and friendly marine life.

Mudpickers Boat Hire

Townsville City, Townsville Area
From AU$150 - 350
Mudpickers is a locally-owned and family-run business. Operating from their base in Townsville, they share your passion for boating and pride themselves on their local knowledge and service. Hiring a boat is a fantastic and affordable way to spend the day with the family or a week away fishing with friends without the expense and maintenance involved with owning your own vessel.
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