Hardy Reef in the Beautiful Whitsunday Islands

  • Location  Latitude: 19.745928, Longitude:  149.182583
  • Depth Range : 0-20 metres
  • Visibility: 8 to 18 metres.
  • Access Boat, seaplane or helicopter
  • Rating: Novice to expertise
  • Size: 13 kilometres long.

Hardy Reef

Hardy Reef is located 78.3 kilometres east of the Queensland coast from Airlie Beach.  Visitors usually travel by boat, which takes approximately three hours.

Helicopters and seaplanes also take visitors to Hardy Reef.

Visitors can start their trip to Hardy Reef from Airlie Beach, Daydream Island, or Hamilton Island.

Once you reach Hardy Reef,

The 70-metre Reef wall is ideal for rookie divers and snorkelers.  You will find the largest Reef pontoon in Australia, “Reef World’.

Hard and soft coral and friendly marine life are along the reef walls.  Visitors can enjoy the day and overnight stays on this multi-activity pontoon.

Cruise Whitsundays operate this Reef pontoon, a must-do when visiting the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.

Visitors can also stay overnight on a reefsleep package for 24 guests.

Reef-World offers snorkelling, scuba diving, and semi-submersible tours for visitors.


Snorkelling over the colourful coral gardens at this location is a treat.  Divinely bright reef fish dart in and out of the coral and are wonderful to watch.

Scuba diving

Scuba divers will love the pristine Reef walls that drop down 30 metres.  This location makes a great drift dive.

Semi-submarine tours

Visitors can enjoy a tour of the underwater coral reef in a semi-submarine environment without getting their hair wet. Here, they will find brightly coloured coral reefs, clams, and tropical fish.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Life

Microreef critters include nudibranchs, spider shells and flatworms.

Lovers of colourful marine life will be delighted with butterflyfish, clown triggerfish and angelfish.

There are nice mackerel, trevally and Reef sharks along the Reef wall.

Most divers will also see sea turtles along Hardy Reef.


Hardy Reef has spectacular, colourful, soft, and hard corals.

Here, you will find small coral bommies that provide homes for anemones. Visitors can also see boulder corals, staghorn corals, and black coral trees.

While in the water, watch for gorgonian fans and an abundance of soft corals.

Hardy Reef Map

While you are in the Whitsundays, don’t miss visiting Whitehaven Beach.

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