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The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's wonders and the Southern Great Barrier Reef runs from the Capricorn Coast and Yeppoon in the north, down through the Gladstone and Discovery Coast region to Bundaberg and the Coral Coast in the south, which is only four hours' drive from the states capital Brisbane.
Stay and relax on one of the world’s greatest wonders. Island such as Lady Elliot, Lady Musgrave, Heron, Wilson and Great Keppel are jewels in the Southern Great Barrier Reef crown and offer a great range of day trips and accommodation right on the reef. Most of the islands are coral cays and the magnificent coral displays are just a step away into the water off the beach and their cool, clear waters provide excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling or scuba diving with all kind of marine life. It is also a great place to get up close and personal with the gentle giants of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, the resident Manta Rays. With wings spanning up to seven meters, don’t miss this experience on Lady Elliot Island, listed by PADI Dive as one of the Top 5 Manta Dive Destinations of the world. To find out more, take a look at our Southern Great Barrier Reef Island and Dive Trail brochure.
The Southern Great Barrier Reef is renowned for its turtle population whether they are swimming around the corals of one of our many islands or at the world famous Mon Repos beach near Bundaberg. Experience the cycle of life and one of the true wonders of the natural world as hundreds of marine turtles return to the beach every year to nest. Witness their hatchlings make their perilous journey back to the sea. The area places host to a number of other creatures, with whales passing through these waters, coral fish and migratory birds in abundance.
On the coast there are small beach townships to stay at and explore. Many of these are unspoilt and remind us of past holidays when life was simpler. Fishing is a popular pastime, off shore or on beaches, as well as estuaries, rivers and lakes. Take a drive along the Capricorn Coast, taking in the beautiful vistas across to the Keppel Islands and stop in at Yeppoon for a walk along the esplanade. Further south the Discovery Coast is home to the twin towns of Agnes Water & 1770, where you can hit the surf or visit the historic spot where Captain Cook first stepped on to Queensland soil. If it's cute you're after, you can't go past the birth of baby turtles at Mon Repos National Park on the Coral Coast between November and February.