Where in the world would you be able to find one of the world’s top 10 wreck dives, raging rapids for white water rafting and idyllic coral reef islands, all in your backyard?
Just move your finger down the map to the lush farmlands just down the road (280 km) from Cairns and you will find Townsville, a vibrant tropical city where pristine reef meets rugged outback.
Brush up on your marine life know-how at the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium and learn more about the lives and ambitions of Queensland’s sea turtle population at Reef HQ’s turtle hospital.
If turtle pace is not your thing, we’re sure the world-famous SS Yongala shipwreck will have your compass spinning. Measuring 109m from bow to stern, this steamer provides lodging for a who’s who of marine creatures ranging from small coral fish to big pelagics.
So come in, get your shell waxed and relax at one of our resorts, and let us share our love and knowledge of our unique underwater world with you.
Share the amazing history of the SS Yongala and discover this 100 year old wreck with Adrenalin Dive. The Yongala went down in 28 metres of water after feeling the brunt of Poseidon's wrath on a fateful night in 1911.
Since then it has been consistently rated as one of the top dive sites in the world, and its sheer size and incredible array of marine life has made it into a mecca for the experienced diver.
Reef HQ is the worlds largest “living coral” aquarium and host to an amazing array of marine life. The facility is a working education centre and home of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
You will also find a new turtle hospital designed to rehabilitate sick and injured sea turtles, where you get the chance to be a part of the rehab and release experience.
Get together with a group of adventurous and active mates for a guided sea kayak adventure around the World Heritage listed Hinchinbrook Island.
Coral Sea Kayak offers a range of trips and you can explore the remote beaches and waterfalls of the islands famous Thorsbourne Trail.
Embark on a bareboat sailing adventure and explore the secluded and uncrowded islands of the tropics including Magnetic Island, the Palm Island group and the spectacular Orpheus Island.
Be the captain of your own voyage and let the wind carry you across paradise islands and pristine fringing reefs.