Reef and Islands

Australia is the sixth largest country in the world and is the only one of the top six completely surrounded by water. The Australian coastline covers some 25,000 kilometres. It is surrounded by many thousands of small fringing islands and numerous larger ones. Almost 40 per cent of the total coastline length of Australia is comprised of island coastlines.

Be captivated by the allure, excitement and magic of Australia's islands and reefs.

Australia's coastlines and islands play an important role in defining the charcter of the country and the images of sun drenched beaches, wild seas, pristine blue lagoons and colourful reefs are vivid portraits of the beauty of this island nation.

Discover pristine, remote picnic spots and secluded beaches on a romantic journey by air, land or sea. Relax on beautiful beaches, snorkel or dive on coral reefs and delight in dramatic coastal cliffs and singing sands.

The Great Barrier Reef stretches some 1200km along the tropical north Queensland coast and is one of the seven wonders of the natural world and a world heritage listed, natural inspiration. One of Australia's most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world's largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space. Stay: Two outstanding island retreats offer a base from which to discover the diversity and beauty of the reef. Lizard Island - remote reef idyll, and qualia - a place of deep sensory sophistication. Find out more...

Ningaloo Reef is located off the west coast of Australia, approximately 1200 km north of Perth. The reef is 260 km long and is Australia's largest fringing coral reef and the only large reef positioned very close to mainland Australia. The coastal reef and inshore waters of Ningaloo Reef provide one of Australia’s great marine experiences, while the limestone back-drop of the Cape Range hides deep gorges of spectacular beauty. Ningaloo is lauded as being the best place in the world to swim with whale sharks. Stay: Where the Outback meets the reef, Ningaloo is one of Australia's great undiscovered treasures. Home to luxe coastal camp Sal Salis, this is the best place in the world to swim with whale sharks. Find out more...

Kangaroo Island is Australia's third largest island, located just 15km off the South Australian coast. It is a pristine wilderness - a place that offers protection to substantial populations of native Australian animals, a place of beauty and a place of escape. Kangaroo Island (or ‘KI' as the locals call it) is also big and surprisingly diverse. Traverse its 155km length to discover soaring cliffs, dense forest, towering sand dunes, wetlands and endless stretches of bone white beach. Stay:The island, in the Great Southern Ocean is home to Southern Ocean Lodge, one of Australia's outstanding luxe wilderness lodges, offering the ultimate Kangaroo Island experience. Find out more...

Lord Howe Island is the closest island getaway to Sydney, less than two hours flying from either Sydney or Brisbane off Australia's east coast. It is one of just four island groups to be inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list for the global significance of its natural beauty and heritage. It’s a timeless natural paradise, where the pace is relaxed. The crystal lagoon is bordered by the world’s most southerly coral reef where just a few steps off the beach it is possible to snorkel among colourful tropical and sub-tropical fish, turtles and other marine life. Or head further off-shore to SCUBA dive on world-class sites. There are bushwalks and more strenuous hikes, including Mt Gower, rated as one of the world’s best day walks. Stay: Often referred to as the last paradise on earth, Lord Howe Island is home to Capella Lodge, a contemporary luxe beach-style lodge offering an exclusive and unique island experience. Find out more...

 

Magpie Geese

A Diver’s Utopia
Three of the most outstanding coral reefs, all World Heritage Listed, are a dream discovery for divers and snorkelers of all ages. Find out more »

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