Hardy Reef

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

Hardy Reef is Off the coast of Airlie Beach. The 70-metre reef wall is ideal for rookie divers and snorkelers checking out the hard and soft coral and friendly marine life.  It boasts the largest floating pontoon in Australia, and visitors can make overnight stays.

Cruise Whitsundays operate this reef pontoon, and it is a must-do when visiting the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.

Visitors can also stay overnight on a reefsleep package, an option available to a maximum of 24 guests.


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

Scuba diving

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

Great Barrier Reef Marine Life

Micro reef critters include nudibranchs, spider shells and flatworms.

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

Along the reef wall, there are nice mackerel, trevally and reef sharks.

Most divers also see sea turtles along Hardy Reef.


Hardy Reef has spectacular colourful soft and hard corals.

Small bommies provide homes for anemones.  Massive Boulder corals, staghorn corals and black coral trees are amongst the exciting coral gardens at this beautiful location.

Along the reef wall, keep an eye out for gorgonian fans and an abundance of soft corals.

Hardy Reef Map

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