Southern Great Barrier Reefs (Gladstone – Hervey Bay)

The Southern Great Barrier Reef includes the Capricorn Coast and Fraser Coast regions.

The Capricorn Coast includes the Keppel Islands, which offers excellent diving.

The Great Keppel Group is conveniently located just ten kilometres from the Queensland coast of Yeppoon.   While the visibility is not as good as the Great Barrier Reef, it hosts much marine life.

Heron Island is part of the Capricorn Coast and has long been a diving mecca on this true island cay.   During the summer, thousands of green and loggerhead turtles lay their eggs.

Lady Elliott guests are spoilt with Manta Rays with reports from divers diving with up to 40 manta rays at a time.

This location is located 85 kilometres northeast of Bundaberg, the most southern part of the Great Barrier Reef.

Southern Great Barrier Reef locations

  • Great Keppel Island Reef
  • Heron Reef/Island
  • Wistari Reef
  • Lady Musgrave Reef
  • One Tree Island Reef
  • Fitzroy Island Reef
  • Hoskyn Islands Reef
  • Burkitts Reef
  • Cochrane Artificial Reef
  • Hoffman’s Rocks
  • Lady Elliott Island Reef
  • Anchor Bommie
  • Lighthouse Bommies
  • Maori Wrasse Bommie
  • The  Three Pyramids
  • Second Reef

Further up the Queensland coast, you can explore the Whitsunday reefs.