The Outer Reef is just 26 kilometres (16 miles) from Port Douglas which makes accessing the world's largest living structure incredibly quick and easy. Pristine islands, secluded coral cays, flamboyant coral gardens and schools of exotic fish life can be discovered in a multitude of ways. Drive one-hour north of Cairns international airport and you'll be ready to slip straight into the Port Douglas lifestyle and experience all the reef has to offer.
Idyllic Low Isles calls to those who want to drift into the relaxed pace of a tropical lifestyle. Enjoy an easy one hour sail on a luxury catamaran or 20 minute jet boat ride with Reef Sprinter before anchoring in a sheltered lagoon. Owing to its status as a turtle sanctuary, Low Isles boasts a pristine inner reef that blossoms with colourful giant clams and brilliant soft corals. Bury your toes in the soft white sand, explore the history of the lighthouse and research centre before relaxing under a shady cabana.
After a leisurely breakfast at one of the cafés on Macrossan St, board the Wavedancer catamaran with Tropical Journeys. A full day with lunch provided, you’ll have plenty of time to get adventurous or simply laze on the deck. Best of all, there is a maximum of 23 guests ensuring a personalised reef experience every time.
Had a late start? Depart the Reef Marina at 1pm to enjoy the adults-only afternoon with Sailaway. Take a guided snorkel tour or the glass bottom boat before sipping on champagne, devouring sumptuous canapes and take in the setting sun as you glide into the harbour at 6:30pm.
Those with a deep respect for our natural environment and the fragile eco-system, are rewarded with a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) tour around Woody Is. Windswell guides small groups on an intimate tour spotting turtles, rays, sharks and other marine life.