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The Whitsundays is the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef, not only located in the heart of this natural wonder, but also home to the world-famous Heart Reef.

The World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the largest living structure. It is visible from outer space and stretches over 2000 km in length along the Queensland coast in Australia.

A vast interplay of ecosystems and their inhabitants, the reef is home to around 600 types of hard and soft corals. Hard corals form the ‘backbone’ of the reef, providing a living home for a huge range of marine animals, from fish and molluscs to plankton and algae. The annual coral spawning is an incredible sight: think of it as an underwater snowstorm, when millions of coral release eggs and sperm into the sea to reproduce, ensuring the survival of the reef. Because of its natural beauty, the Great Barrier Reef has become one of the world’s most sought after tourist destinations.

The Whitsundays is the perfect base to explore this aquatic wonderland. Visitors to the Great Barrier Reef can enjoy this bucket-list experience in many different ways including, day tours to the outer reef which include snorkelling and scuba diving. For those that prefer to stay dry but want to get up close and enjoy the reef views there is an underwater viewing chamber, glass-bottom boat, and coral semi-submersible. For some, one day just isn’t enough, Cruise Whitsundays offers you the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience under the stars with ReefSleep and ReefSuites. You can also enjoy this amazing structure from the air on fixed-wing aircraft, seaplane, or helicopter tours.

There is a reef experience for everyone.

Heart Reef

Heart Reef is a stunning natural composition of coral in the perfect shape of a heart. The magical naturally formed Heart Reef is located near Hardy Reef on the Great Barrier Reef in The Whitsundays is best viewed from the air. Heart Reef was discovered in 1975 by a local pilot and is now an internationally-recognised attraction of the Whitsundays.

Take a seaplane or helicopter flight to admire this beautiful sight, some visitors to the region use the opportunity to ask that all-important question over the region's most romantic natural icon.

Tours in and around the Great Barrier Reef

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