We've already found Nemo, and now with Disney-Pixar's latest release on June 16 we will be Finding Dory!
We have an insider tip that she's hiding somewhere on the Southern Great Barrier Reef! With the latest Qantas Seat Sale from 16-27 June and short flights from all major capital cities to Bundaberg, Gladstone and Rockhampton, right now there's no better time to be setting off to help 'Find Dory' on your own Southern Great Barrier Reef adventure.
We have included below our recommended Top 5 Island Escapes for you to base yourself at while you explore the reef
We all love Hamilton Island and the Whitsunday’s, but there are many other islands off the coast of Queensland that have picturesque, private beaches for you to explore.
The Southern Great Barrier Reef region is a part of Queensland that is untapped and full of hidden gems that most people have never thought of exploring. In just a two hour flight you could be sitting on a private beach with a cocktail in hand enjoying a week of tranquillity and serenity.
So to make it easy we have picked the top 5 island escapes you may not have heard of but need to visit now!
Turtle Street Curtis Island
Curtis Island offers stunning unspoilt beaches, intimate north - facing bays, sparkling ocean, the Great Barrier Reef, wilderness, wetlands as well as an outback-style cattle station and remains one of the hidden secrets of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
It is this combination of these diverse attributes and natural beauty which make Turtle Street absolutely unique in Australia and perhaps even the world. As it is situated under the Tropic of Capricorn, the climate is far less humid in summer than further north and it escapes the chill of south-east Queensland in the winter.
The combination of beaches, wilderness, "outback" and reef all in one place can’t be found anywhere else in Australia.
Catamaran sailing along the eastern coastline
For more information: http://www.southerngreatbarrierreef.com.au/destinations/curtis-island
Great Keppel Island
Situated just north of the Tropic of Capricorn and on Australia’s heritage listed Southern Great Barrier Reef, Great Keppel Island is an island paradise where you will find 17 pristine white sandy beaches and acres of bushland scattered with winding walking trails.
Just a 30 minute ferry ride to Great Keppel Island, there is so much to see and do in this beautiful part of the world.
For more information: http://www.southerngreatbarrierreef.com.au/destinations/great-keppel-island
Start your day with a beautiful sunrise and end it with a spectacular sunset on Heron Island. This exclusive island is for guests only (no day-trippers) and is ideally positioned to take you back to nature. As part of the Southern Great Barrier Reef region in Northern Queensland,Heron Island is situated so close to the Great Barrier Reef, you can simply dive off the island and snorkel with a myriad of colourful coral and reef fish in seconds.
At Heron Island, you’ll sense early on that you are very much a guest of the natural environment, so there is a bounty of activities for any nature lover.
How to get there:
1 hour flight from Brisbane to Gladstone and from there you can travel by seaplane or via boat.
For more information: http://www.southerngreatbarrierreef.com.au/destinations/heron-island
Lady Elliot Island
For anyone wanting a digital detox, Lady Elliot Island is the place for you as it allows you to switch off and explore the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. The island is situated in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region and is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef.
For more information: http://www.southerngreatbarrierreef.com.au/destinations/lady-elliot-island
Lady Musgrave Island Camping
Lady Musgrave Island is an uninhabited coral cay in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region, one of the world’s greatest natural phenomenons and a World Heritage Listed Marine Park. Lady Musgrave Lagoon’s amazing colours and beauty are unsurpassed anywhere in the world, boasting an abundance of coral, fish and turtles.
For more information: http://www.southerngreatbarrierreef.com.au/destinations/lady-musgrave-island
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