Great Barrier Reef’s first underwater accommodation

Great Barrier Reef

As if a stunning reef was not enough to excite locals and tourists, two of Queensland’s iconic Great Barrier Reef destinations are geared up up for new underwater art discoveries and the opening of Australia’s first underwater accommodation!

 

In a Great Barrier Reef first, The Whitsundays has unveiled a series of underwater sculptures – a Maori Wrasse at Blue Pearl Bay off Hayman Island, two different Manta Ray sculptures at Manta Ray Bay off Hook Island, and a Turtle at Langford Spit.

Six Australian artists were chosen to have their sculptures submerged and on display in various key locations throughout the marine park with two more sculptures still to be revealed. The next instalment will be an enormous creation called creation ‘Anthozoa’ which is a 4-metre-high concrete single coral polyp, to be installed at Blue Pearl Bay in late September.

And in a first for the Southern Hemisphere, the announcement of the Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) created by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor will be installed within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (near the coast of Townsville) aiming to drive awareness to the importance of the Great Barrier Reef. The works will be installed across numerous locations such as Magnetic Island and Palm Island, showcasing partially and fully submerged sculptures.

The first of several artworks, Ocean Siren, will be revealed this December at the Strand in Townsville and is modelled on a local Aboriginal girl that will change colour in response to changing water temperatures. Furthermore, a Coral Greenhouse sculpture is planned for the John Brewer Reef site offering a world-class dive and snorkel experience.

But if you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with one of the seven wonders of the natural world – Cruise Whitsundays have recently launched Australia’s first underwater accommodation located on the Great Barrier Reef!

Cruise Whitsundays – Reefsuites

Imagine floor to ceiling views of the spectacular underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef – all from the comfort of your bed! Opening this summer will be Australia’s first underwater accommodation, Reefsuites, by the team at Cruise Whitsunday’s Heart Pontoon in The Whitsundays.

  • Arrive at your unique accommodation via a scenic cruise through the Whitsundays Islands to the outer reef
  • Two private, underwater rooms available (king double or twin single options)
  • All meals and beverages, including breakfast, morning and afternoon teas and dinner
  • Spectacular dining experience under the stars
  • Activities at the reef including a private guided snorkelling tour and semi-submarine tour

Tracy Burrows101 Posts

    If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel magazine platform for cost effective, luxury, unusual and extraordinary but mostly immersive travel ideas around the globe. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona Magazine (South African Airways inflight magazine). Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment comes from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. So thank you for inspiring me, and for joining our journey!

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