Islands of the Great Barrier Reef
There’s nothing like a magical escape to the Islands of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef – one of the most beautiful places on earth.
There are so many different islands to experience ranging from remote and luxurious through to eco-friendly and idyllic – each surrounded by the endless coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef.
Few natural wonders draw you into a paradise of perfect blue waters bursting with color and life. From your very first island sunset, you’ll feel the freedom to surrender to the natural beauty and discover the relaxation, romance and retreat of an island adventure. Sail away to explore one or many of over 900 islands and coral cays, and 1400 miles of wild and unique nature. There is nothing to compare to the amazement you will feel, surrounded by breathtaking colors of the coral and abundant marine life. The sun will warm you. Pristine water will sparkle in your eyes. Your life will be filled with awe.
From the exclusivity and unbridled luxury of your five-star resort to the back-to-nature simplicity of tented accommodation in a sublime natural setting, you will discover a whole new side of yourself. A side that will never want to leave the wonder-filled islands of Queensland, where Australia shines.
Weather: Seasons are reversed-December through February is summer; June through August is winter. In the tropical north of Queensland, daytime air temps vary from the 80s in winter to the 90s in summer.
Average Water Temp: Expect water temps in the mid-80s in summer throughout the central and northern Great Barrier Reef, but surprisingly cool mid-70s in winter.
Average Visibility: Water clarity inside the Great Barrier Reef is affected by tides and surge and averages 40 to 60 feet, with an occasional high of 100 feet. Outside the reef, visibility averages a reliable 50 to 100 feet and often soars to more than 200 feet out in the Coral Sea.
Currency: Australian dollar (A$).
Time: Queensland is 14 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, 17 ahead of Pacific Standard Time.
Direct Dial Code: 011-61.
Electricity: 220/240 volts, 50 cycles. An adapter socket may be necessary.
Entry Documents: A passport and visa are required.
Departure Tax: Departure tax is about $30, but it's usually included in airline ticket prices.