Southern Great Barrier Reef and Islands

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's most iconic destinations for travellers.  Yet there are still parts of the reef where visitors can feel like intrepid explorers as if they were discovering places no one else has ever been.

The Southern Great Barrier Reef offers visitors the chance to see large hard coral reefs firsthand and join colourful fish, turtles and manta rays for a swim.

All of our Southern Great Barrier Reef islands (Lady Elliot Island and Lady Musgrave Island) offer reef within reach.  Reef walkers will discover jewel-bright starfish, sea urchins, clams and corals exposed at low tide.  Snorkel or Scuba Dive among iridescent coral gardens, teeming with abundant fish life and turtles.

Thousands of seabirds nest in rookeries on the Southern Great Barrier Reef islands.  Many rare birds have been attracted to these havens and Lady Elliot Island now has its own small colony of red-tailed tropic birds. Lady Musgrave Island is a day cruise away from Bundaberg Port Marina on-board Lady Musgrave Experience and a short cruise from the Town of 1770/Agnes Water. Lady Musgrave Island is unique as it is the only coral island on the Great Barrier Reef with a navigable lagoon.  


Divers are well catered for with dive facilities on the island and specialised dive boats from Bundaberg

Back on the mainland and in the coastal towns of Bargara, Coral Cove and Elliott Heads, volcanic action from millions of years ago, laid down an ideal bed for fringing coral reefs which can be seen on fine calm days by snorkelling only a metre or two from shore.

As an integral part of the marine ecosystem, the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Queensland National Parks.  Please ensure you play your part in conserving this world-class attraction. 

Stay, Play and Taste the Southern Great Barrier Reef and our Islands!