Great Barrier Reef: Places to Explore


  • Cairns

    Tourism is the lifeblood of Cairns (pronounced Caans). The city makes a perfect base for exploring the wild top half of Queensland, and tens of thousands of international travelers use it as a jumping-off... Read more

  • Magnetic Island

    More than half of Magnetic Island's 52 square km (20 square mi) is national parkland, laced with miles of walking trails and rising to a height of 1,640 feet on Mt. Cook. The terrain is punctuated with... Read more

  • North Coast Islands

  • North of Cairns

    The Captain Cook Highway runs from Cairns to Mossman, a relatively civilized stretch known mostly for the resort towns of Palm Cove and Port Douglas. Past the Daintree River, wildlife parks and sunny coastal... Read more

  • Townsville

    The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service has an office on Magnetic Island, but Townsville Enterprise's Flinders Mall and Museum of Tropical Queensland (MTQ) information kiosks, on the mainland, are the... Read more

  • The Whitsunday Islands

    The Whitsundays are a group of 74 islands situated within 161 km (100 mi) of each other and around 50 km (31 mi) from Shute Harbour, the principal mainland departure point, though some boats depart from... Read more