Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

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. 

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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

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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.

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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