Discover the Great Barrier Reef with a Whitsundays cruise

Dive into crystalline water and stroll on pure white sand.

The Whitsundays are a national treasure. Located two hours north of Mackay and two-and-a-half-hours south of Townsville, the islands are about mid-way up the Queensland coast.

Highlights include:

Heart Reef

For all the lovers, you can’t miss viewing heart reef from the air. A heart-shaped reef has naturally formed on the outer Great Barrier Reef and is best viewed from a scenic flight.

Whitehaven Beach

It’s the perfect postcard destination, with 98 percent pure white silica sand. Named the #1 beach in Australia in Tripadvisor’s 2017 Travellers’ Choice Awards, it’s well worth a visit. Get there by yacht, boat or seaplane.

Great Barrier Reef

The Whitsundays are a prime gateway to explore the reef. Around the islands, there are plenty of spots on the fringing reef, perfect for diving and snorkelling. Two of the best snorkelling spots are Butterfly Bay on Hook Island and Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island.

Butterfly Bay offers snorkelling from right off the beach. There are plenty of coral outcrops, populated by colourful reef fish. Blue Pearl Bay is known for its marine life, including the Maori Wrasse.

Check out the Outer Reef by heading to the Reefworld Pontoon at Hardy Reef. You can snorkel and dive to your heart’s content, or even spend the night out on the reef on the Cruise Whitsundays pontoon.

Expect to see incredible fish life, including snapper, Queensland groper, coral trout, trevally and more. There are also barracuda, sea turtles and reef sharks.

Leave your everyday hassles behind and cruise away on a seven night P&O Cruise discovering the beauty of the barrier reef as you sail from Brisbane to North Queensland. For more information visit RACQ Travel or contact one of our friendly travel consultants on 1300 096 166.

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