Islands of the Southern Great Barrier Reef

Islands of the Southern Great Barrier Reef

The Southern Great Barrier Reef is the official start of the Great Barrier Reef, and 'Where Great Begins'. Starting at Bundaberg, through to Gladstone, and up to the Capricorn Coast, this region is a paradise of coral cay islands, coastal beach towns, and natural wilderness, that's only 4 hours drive from Brisbane. Use the infographic below to get to know this beautiful part of the world a little bit better or jump to the Southern Great Barrier Reef section to start your holiday planning.


How to do the Southern Great Barrier Reef Islands

Getting thereDrive times from Brisbane

4hr 20mins to Bundaberg6hr 45mins to Gladstone7hr 50mins to Rockhampton

Drive times from Emerald

5hr 55mins to Bundaberg4hr to Gladstone2hr 55mins to Rockhampton

Drive times from Airlie Beach

8hr 35mins to Bundaberg6hr 45mins to Gladstone5hr 20mins to Rockhampton

Best times to visit
November to February is the best time on the Southern Great Barrier Reef regions with turtle nesting and hatching on the coast and islands!

Between May and August is peak time for Manta Rays but you can snorkel and dive with them all year round.

Between June and November the Humpback Whale migration happens along the Queensland Coast.

All year round, the Southern Great Barrier Reef has some of the best visibility for snorkelling and diving on the whole reef.


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