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The 5 Great Barrier Reef Precincts

The Great Barrier Reef Precincts Stretching over 2300kms up the Queensland coastline,  the Great Barrier Reef is full of breathtaking experiences to suit every individual and is easily accessible from various points along the coastline. Offering world-class experiences at a world-class destination, the entire Great Barrier Reef is a playground just waiting to be explored.

Whether it's taking an Expedition Cruise through a marine wilderness, experiencing adrenaline pumping activities, learning about conservation, relaxing in stylish settings or uncrowded getaways, the Great Barrier Reef has something to offer everyone. 
Scuba diving and snorkelling, jet skiiing, bare boating, cruising and luxurious sailing – it's all here!

There are five distinctive precincts on the Great Barrier Reef, each offering a unique set of experiences. 

Learn more about each one below, or just click the links to jump to your section of interest.


Wild North

A Marine Wilderness Experience – the unspoilt and remote wilderness of the wild north provides for intrepid marine adventures from bountiful fishing, exploring untouched coral cays and meeting indigenous locals. The remoteness of the Great Barrier Reef coastline, islands and coral cays has a mystical quality here. Everything feels untouched, extraordinary and exciting.

Cairns & Port Douglas

Adventures in Nature – the region where world heritage rainforest and reef meet. Adventure is bought to you by nature and hero encounters include snorkelling with Minke Whales, live-aboard scuba dive expeditions, ocean kayaking, sea plane and heli charters, game fishing, helmet diving and a perennial favourite – the reef skydive from 14,000 feet. A region of many options. Read more...


History and learning – visit the World's Largest Aquarium, dive the historic S.S. Yongala Wreck, lend a hand at the Turtle Hospital, take wilderness walks and kayak around unspoilt islands. Townsville is a vibrant community with a long standing focus on research and nurturing the Great Barrier Reef. Read more...

Whitsundays and Mackay Precinct

Stylish Island & Sailing Adventures – this area is a sailing mecca, with richly varied and infinitely beautiful islands as the backdrop, and the calm, protected, warm waters of the Coral Sea. One of the most idyllic areas of the Great Barrier Reef, ready for you to explore. From your balcony you can see across the green-blue water right to the surrounding islands. Read more...

Southern Great Barrier Reef

Characters and Uncrowded Getaways – Feel like Robinson Crusoe in an untouched paradise. Meet the local characters in the quiet coastal towns and enjoy a getaway without the crowds. Watch the turtles hatch, surf off the largest reef in the world, take in some whale watching or experience a reef charter fishing adventure... it's all available in the Southern Great Barrier Reef precinct. Read more...


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