How to have a low-impact holiday on the Great Barrier Reef

 View of ocean from pool area of Elysian Retreat in the Whitsunday Islands © Elysian Retreat/Nathan White

Elysian Retreat, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland © Elysian Retreat/Nathan White

Look for a sustainability policy

Tourism providers committed to conserving the environment typically spell out the details of how they’re working to achieve this on their websites. 

Snorkelers swim above coral off Lady Musgrave Island in the Great Barrier Reef © Tourism and Events Queensland

Lady Musgrave Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

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Sailaway Reef & Island Tours sailboat cruising off the coast of Port Douglas © Tourism Australia

Sailaway Reef & Island Tours, Port Douglas, Queensland © Tourism Australia

Sign up for reef school

Based in Cairns, Reef Teach hosts marine biologist talks that foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the Great Barrier Reef.

Couple learning how to hunt mud crabs during a Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tour on Cooya Beach © Tourism and Events Queensland

Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours, Cooya Beach, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Getting Around Tip

Exploring the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef coast by car? Consider hiring an electric vehicle, as there are free charging stations at major attractions such as the Cairns Esplanade and Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre.

Dive into the Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s marine life at Lady Elliot Island © Grumpy Turtle

Turtle hatchling at waters edge on beach at Mon Repos in Queensland © Jewels Lynch/Tourism Events Queensland

Mon Repos, Bundaberg, Queensland © Jewels Lynch/Tourism Events Queensland