Southern Great Barrier Reef

The Southern Great Barrier Reef destination  comprises the tourism regions of Capricorn, Gladstone and Bundaberg North Burnett and boasts stunning landscapes and twenty-five national parks.

Capricorn is the northern gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef and straddles the Tropic of Capricorn, stretching from the Central Highlands in the west, to Rockhampton, the Capricorn Coast, the Keppel Group of 17 Islands  in the east. From stunning sandstone wilderness gorges, sapphire fossicking and farm stays, from rainforest to reef, the diversity of this region is breathtaking.

The Gladstone Region is the centre of the Southern Great Barrier Reef and gateway to Heron, Wilson, Lady Musgrave and the Capricorn Bunker Group of Islands. In the middle of the region is the city of Gladstone, known for being the ‘engine room of Queensland’. To the south, there is the natural surrounds of the Discovery Coast including the white secluded beaches of Agnes Water and birthplace of Queensland in the Town of 1770, and to the southwest is the spectacular Boyne Valley and Sandstone Wilderness.

Located at the southernmost gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, with coral reef fringing rocky shorelines and Lady Elliot and Lady Musgrave Islands only a hop, skip and jump away, the Bundaberg region is also home to the largest loggerhead turtle rookery in the southern hemisphere, with the only ranger guided turtle experience on the Australian east coast. With the iconic drinks of Bundaberg, an abundance of fresh local produce grown all year round throughout the Bundaberg and North Burnett and passionate local chefs plating it up on their menus, the Bundaberg Region is a welcoming and friendly region an easy four-hour drive from Brisbane.

Capricorn Region, Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd and Bundaberg Tourism are the region’s official regional tourism organisations as recognised by the Queensland Government.

The Southern Great Barrier Reef Hero Experiences have been developed to deliver the region’s long-term tourism vision and brand promise. The Hero Experience themes are:

  • Southern Great Barrier Reef
  • Turtles
  • Regional Character
  • Regional Flavours
  • Fishing
  • Beach Culture

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