Featuring on many a ‘bucket list’ is a trip to Australia’s natural marine wonder, the Great Barrier Reef; an awesome sight that will stay with you forever.

A water lover's dream, you can take a dip in waters above the reef to snorkel and scuba dive; walk along the pristine stretches of white sand for beachcombing and feet-in-the-sand dining; island-hop on a yacht or seaplane flight; or simply recline in your superb island hotel with a cocktail and a view to die for.

To experience the Great Barrier Reef you can stay in one of the coastal regions nearby – like Cairns, Port Douglas and Mission Beach – and take day trips onto the reef. Or to truly immerse yourself in the natural wonder, you could stay on one of the many islands, such as the Whitsunday Islands, an archipelago of 74 tropical isles next to the reef, or with a stay on one of the main Great Barrier Reef Islands such as Lizard island.

Experiences not to be missed include a visit to the multi-award-winning Whitehaven Beach, the beauty of Heart Reef, watching turtles hatch on Heron Island (in season) and snorkelling in the reef off Magnetic Island.

Speak to our Travel Specialists for more ideas for your Great Barrier Reef Islands’ adventure and to learn more about our east coast Australia tours and hotels.

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Orpheus Island Lodge
Hotel

Orpheus Island Lodge

Australia
Queensland
Great Barrier Reef Islands
Why you'll love it here...
  • Your stay includes all gourmet meals, quality wines, beers and spirits and an all-inclusive mini-bar
  • Enjoy an inclusive daily curated experience such as an island cruise, snorkelling or nature-based guided activity
  • Make unlimited use of the motorised dinghies, paddle boards, kayaks, catamaran and snorkelling equipment
  • Take your pick from neighbouring island beaches for private beach picnics prepared by the chef
qualia
Hotel

qualia

Australia
Queensland
Great Barrier Reef Islands
Why you'll love it here...
  • You’ll have all the amenities of Hamilton Island on your doorstep at this exclusive adult-only haven
  • Experience complete privacy in each of the pavilions situated in natural Australian bushland with outstanding views
  • Laze on secluded local beaches with the personalised and complimentary beach drop-off and pick up service
  • Join one of qualia's signature food and wine experiences such as the ‘Talk & Taste’ sessions
Hamilton Island
Hotel

Hamilton Island

Australia
Queensland
Great Barrier Reef Islands

Hamilton Island is one of 74 tropical islands that make up the Whitsundays off the coast of central Queensland. The island is easily accessed by air with regular direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns or by water from the Australian resort town of Airlie Beach. The island is a holiday destination of its own, with 12 restaurants, bars, swimming pools and over 65 activities avail...

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort
Hotel

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

Australia
Queensland
Great Barrier Reef Islands

With its string of irresistible fine-dining restaurants, a heavenly holistic spa, watersports including underwater Seabob adventures, scuba, snorkelling and jet ski, plus several swimming pools that look out towards the ocean, you can see why. The hotel itself is split into three distinct – though equally enticing – accommodation options: the Lagoon, Pool and Beach Wings which will see you either...

Lizard Island
Hotel

Lizard Island

Australia
Queensland
Great Barrier Reef Islands
Why you'll love it here...
  • Experience renowned diving at the Cod Hole and swim with giant potato cod
  • Hike to Cooks Look for panoramic views of Lizard Island and the Coral Sea
  • Take a dinghy to spend a day on a secluded beach with a deluxe picnic
  • Snorkel directly off the beach to the Clam Garden and see spectacular giant clams
Bedarra Island Resort
Hotel

Bedarra Island Resort

Australia
Queensland
Great Barrier Reef Islands
Why you'll love it here...
  • Head for a romantic picnic on a nearby deserted island with a complimentary chef-prepared gourmet hamper
  • Share this adults-only private island with a maximum of just 22 guests for the ultimate exclusivity
  • Enjoy spectacular ocean views from all 11 villas, hidden sanctuaries dotted amongst the tropical rainforest
  • Relax with all-inclusive meals, beverages and island activities including sea kayaks, motorised dinghies and rainforest walks
Inspiring Australia
Group Tour

Inspiring Australia

Australia
New South Wales
Sydney
+6 others
12 nights from £8,089 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • Travel in a small group of up to 20 people on this luxury guided escorted tour
  • Visit Aboriginal communities and guides who provide an insight into their culture, tradition, and their relationship with the land – including medicines derived from the forest itself
  • Visit Australia's most iconic attractions including the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and Sydney Harbour
  • Discover the natural beauty of New South Wales' Blue Mountains and it's award-winning wines in the Hunter Valley
Ultimate Sydney, Rock & Reef
Itinerary

Ultimate Sydney, Rock & Reef

Australia
New South Wales
Sydney
+5 others
11 nights from £9,489 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • Take in the beauty of Sydney Harbour aboard a 52-foot luxury motor cruiser
  • Discover Australia's unique wildlife on a full day private tour to New South Wales Southern Highlands
  • Stay in a luxury tented pavilion at Longitude 131° and discover the magic of Uluru and Kata Tjuta
  • Discover your own private beach, enjoy exquisite cuisine and explore the Great Barrier Reefs underwater world at Lizard Island
South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland Highlights
Self-Drive

South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland Highlights

Australia
New South Wales
Sydney
+6 others
13 nights from £4,005 per person
Itinerary Highlights
  • Discover the island's wildlife - sea lions, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and if you are lucky even echidnas and goannas
  • Cruise around Sydney's spectacular harbour on a 52-foot motor yacht and explore the beautiful Blue Mountains on a small group tour
  • Take a cruise around the Whitsundays, relax on the soft white sands of Whitehaven Beach
  • Snorkel over the mesmerising Great Barrier Reef and explore the ancient rainforests of Daintree National park and Cape Tribulation

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