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 Burrows114 Posts

    Tracy Burrows is the founder of the Out There Global platform featuring both cost effective and luxury best cultural vacation ideas & experiences from around the world. From Jan 2014 – Dec 2016 she managed the blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). She was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and a contributing writer at Sawubona Magazine (South African Airways inflight magazine), and Africa Geographic. Prior to her career she obtained a tourism research, and marketing degree, and also graduated from a 2 year ‘Management in Development Program’ in San Diego California. She also acquired a qualification in journalism and media and since it’s been all about culture, adventure and multi media! Her nourishment comes from all those who have impacted her, including: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey, and we hope you enjoy finding an immersive experience and the culture & adventure in the destination! Aside from Out There Global Magazine, Tracy has also run a Public Relations, and SEO business since 2010 for small business.


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