Choosing the best destination
To make things easier, we have grouped the Great Barrier Reef destinations into 3 areas:
- The Northern Great Barrier Reef (Cape York to Hinchinbrook Island)
- The Central Great Barrier Reef (Hinchinbrook Island to Mackay)
- The Southern Great Barrier Reef (Mackay to Bundaberg)
The Northern Great Barrier Reef is where you’ll find the more popular destinations like Cairns and Port Douglas. You can fly into Cairns from most major Australian cities, so for many people it’s the first port of call. This region also boasts some beautiful natural attractions on the mainland, like the Daintree Rainforest and the Atherton Tablelands. So if you want to see more than the Reef, the Northern region is a perfect choice.