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Ngaro underwater marine sculpture trail

The Whitsunday Reef Recovery and Public Art Project involves collaboration between government, industry, scientists, artists, indigenous and community for the design and installation of underwater marine art and coral reef restoration.

One of the major objectives of this project is to provide new tourism experiences which will further enhance visitor experience and education. With the art pieces having a marine wildlife theme, we believe they will provoke conversation and deeper consideration of the marine environment, indigenous culture, coral reef restoration and sustainability. 



Maori wrasse or Humphead Maori Wrasse, Cheilinus undulatus is the largest member of the family Labridae, reaching up to 2 metres (six feet long) in the male species, and up to three feet in females. Although widespread on coral reefs in the Indo-west-central Pacific, Humphead Maori Wrasse are uncommon throughout their range. The species is very susceptible to fishing pressure, and as a result, it is CITES-listed and is considered Endangered by the IUCN. This species is fully protected (no fishing) in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It is very friendly and approachable to snorkellors and SCUBA divers at popular tourism sites and fish feeding locations in the Whitsundays.




2.7m x 3.85m x 0.6m

GPS Coordinates: S20.04365 E148.88150


Anthozoa is a megalithic reimagining of the life source of the reef - the minuscule coral polyp, scaled up 5000 times. From the Greek words ánthos ‘flower’ and zóa ‘animals’ comes Anthozoa, a class of marine invertebrates which includes anemones, stony corals, soft corals and gorgonians.


Arts Based Collective- Jessa Lloyd, Caitlin

Reilly, Kate Ford, 

Concrete, 3.8m x 3.8m x 5m

GPS Coordinates: To be advised 


Mantas are found in warm temperate, subtropical andtropical waters. They are pelagic (surface dwelling) species. Mantas have triangular pectoral fins, horn-shaped cephalic fins and a large, forward-facing mouth. Mantas may visit cleaning stations for the removal of parasites. Like whales, they breach for unknown reasons. Brian collaborated with traditional owner Nicky Bidu Prior to emboss a traditional pattern. If you’re lucky enough to spot a Manta on the Reef and snap a photo of its underbelly, email your picture to Eye on the Reef and\or Project Manta to contribute to their ongoing research and monitoring program.



Concrete and stainless steel

2m x 1.7m x 0.3m (2)

GPS Coordinates: S20.06105 E148.95601


Turtle Dream is a Hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, a critically endangered species. Hawksbill turtles are easily distinguished from other sea turtles by their sharp curving beak, and the saw-like appearance of its shell margins. The Ngaro indigenous name for Hawksbill turtle is Maeyila. The sculpture is created from 800 individual pieces that were hand shaped, welded and polished by the artist and his son Colin. The Artist feels this work is a pinnacle of his long public art career, symbolising the passion that many people have for the reef, marine species, oceans and planet.

Turtle Dream

Photo credit: @riptidecreative


Stainless steel

6.5m x 6m x 2m

GPS Coordinates: S20.08338 E148.88167 


The indigenous name for Manta Ray is Manguna. Common name “Manta” is Portuguese and Spanish for mantle (cloak or blanket). Adriaan collaborated with traditional owner Arthur Gabey to fashion a surface design with a traditional Ngaro theme of a dreamtime story. The design includes 74 different sized circles which represent the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. There are serpents on the Manta Rays wings and its “U” shapes are the Aboriginal symbol for people. Mantas are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Areas where Mantas congregate are popular with SCUBA diving and snorkelling tourists.




3.8m x 3.8m x 1.2m

GPS Coordinates: S20.06096 E148.95596 


Bywa is a traditional language word from the dialect of Kala Lagaw Ya from the Western Islands in Torres Strait. When translated in English it means ‘waterspout’. According to mythology waterspouts are the vessels that carry marine animals up into the heavens for the spirits and ancestors to feed on. Waterspouts are a rare natural phenomenon Robinson’s Bwya is rich with marine animals common to Bowen waters - Turtle, Coral trout, Mangrove jack, Trevally, Parrotfish, Surgeonfish, Butterflyfish, Sergeant major, Tropical rock lobster, Stingray, Epaulette shark and Wobbegong shark.



Concrete and stainless steel

1.3m x 1.3 x 3.4m

Located at Horseshoe Bay, Bowen


Video provided courtesy of Riptide Creative

The Tourism Recovery Fund (TRF) is a $7M initiative, jointly funded through the Australian and Queensland Governments, to help the tourism sector recover following the devastating impact of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie to the Whitsunday region in March 2017. The objective of the TRF is to facilitate recovery, rebuild and/or create new tourism experiences and infrastructure that will drive demand, improve quality, and increase tourism expenditure, with flow-on economic benefits across the tourism supply chain.



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