A new value for money travel pass will put the Southern Great Barrier Reef within easy grasp of young travellers thanks to the Working Holidayer Pass currently up for grabs.
The pass includes one way travel to Queensland and unlimited travel within the state on Greyhound Australia coaches (including along the coastline following the Great Barrier Reef), plus a $200 Backpacker Deals voucher to put towards a bucket list experience – all for the introductory price of $299.
And with 3 Southern Great Barrier Reef destinations and 11 jump off points along the 2,300km UNESCO World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef, there’s a once in a lifetime underwater experience only a cruise, sail, fast boat ride, flight or dive away.
Pop into the coastal town of Yeppoon near Rockhampton, and venture across the water to Great Keppel Island. Uncover the intricacies of the largest living organism on the planet with Keppel Dive and Snorkel’s new Reef Ranger Tour, pairing guests with Master Reef Guides and Eye on the Reef staff to get hands-on monitoring the Great Barrier Reef. Aside from a being instrumental in helping protect the Reef, $2.50 from every tour ticket is donated to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre or Keppel Turtle Fund to aid turtle rehabilitation and protection, making this one totally feel-good holiday.
Gladstone takes pride in being Australia’s northern most surfing beach and a key jump off point for epic island stays. Take a 30-minute helicopter flight or a two-hour ferry to Heron Island and you’ll find a tiny jewel rising from the water. Think soft white sand, year-round swimming and stretches of coral gardens. World famous for its shallow-water scuba diving and snorkelling, Heron Island has more than 20 dive sites only a short boat ride from the resort. It’s so good famous oceanographer, Jacques Costeau ranked Heron Island as one of his top ten dive sites in the world.
Home to the famous Bundaberg Rum and the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, visitors to Bundaberg can spend a night 100km out to sea, under the stars onboard the new Lady Musgrave HQ. As the Reef’s second and newest underwater pontoon-style accommodation, the pontoon offers two major drawcards: the eight queen size canopy beds come with canvas walls that roll up to reveal sprawling views of the Lady Musgrave Island lagoon while the underwater observatory bunks cater for dive groups keen to explore remote and untouched sites. Lady Musgrave HQ treads lightly with a zero-carbon footprint thanks to being 100% wind and solar powered. The Master Reef Guides on board also deliver vital educational and citizen science initiatives. During turtle season (November to March) the calm waters and coral bommies of the Lady Musgrave Island lagoon turn into a turtle highway, providing ample opportunity to snorkel alongside a terrapin or two.
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