Townsville North Queensland Great Barrier Reef

Townsville North Queensland has been keeping a few cards close to its chest, known only by the savvy locals who have been savouring the lack of crowds, 320 days of sunshine, and pristine conditions found in the central Great Barrier Reef.

From private helicopter rides to twilight ‘Sip and Sail’ cruises, to the self-guided snorkel trails off Magnetic Island, there are plenty of ways to explore the Great Barrier Reef when you base yourself in Townsville. Affectionately known as ‘the island’ to locals, Magnetic Island is the laidback home of around 2500 happy residents and an epically diverse natural landscape. But to truly appreciate her in all her forms, you’ve got to go beyond the bitumen and explore via land, sea and sky.

If eat, sleep, dive, repeat sounds like your kinda jam, you’ll be itching to book yourself on this camp and dive safari to Pelorus Island. (Never heard it? She’s one Townsville’s best-kept-secrets!).

If you’re keener than a parrotfish on coral to discover the underwater world, then getting your scuba certification at one of these locales should be top of the #lifegoals list. 



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Yongala Dive

Multiple Locations
Yongala Dive is a PADI Dive Resort offering a full range of Dive Courses, Dive Lodge and Day Trips to one of the world's top dive sites- the historic S.S. Yongala Wreck. In 1911 it sank without trace in a tragic cyclonic event.

Aquascene Magnetic Island

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Come on an adventure with Aquascene as they share with you this beautiful Island they have called their home for over 30 years. One of Queensland's Signature Tour Experiences, Aquascene are renowned for their exceptional tour experience.

Big Mama Sailing

Multiple Locations
Big Mama Sailing is owned and operated by a small family (Stu, Lisa, Fletcher and boat dog Coco). They offer a personalised and memorable sailing experience for up to 12 guests maximum. They are based in Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island but are happy to pick up and drop off at Breakwater Marina, Townsville for private charters and group bookings of six or more guests.

Mission Beach Dive

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Welcome to Mission Beach Dive where they will create your Outer Great Barrier Reef Experience! They can help you whether you wish to take your family snorkelling, a couples special dive or snorkel charter, advance your dive training and more.

Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive

Multiple Locations
Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive is one of Townsville's longest established dive training and marine tourism operators. They specialise in providing snorkelling and diving trips as well as training of divers as part of a full dive service.

Pleasure Divers Magnetic Island

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Pleasure Divers Magnetic Island is Magnetic Island's longest running PADI and SSI dive center, offering courses and tours from beginner to professional. Pleasure Divers has been in operation for over 20 years.

Savannah Way

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Explore five World Heritage areas on a journey through Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia on Australia's adventure drive, the Savannah Way. This trek across the top of Australia starts in the tropical city of Cairns where you can visit the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest, and takes you to Broome's spectacular Cable Beach.

Pro Dive Magnetic Island

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Welcome to Magnetic Island’s premier PADI and SSI dive centre. The only dive shop on Magnetic Island with a boat, offering the full dive experience. They offer both SSI and PADI courses and are an official SSI Instructor Training Centre!

Keeper Reef Dive Site

Townsville, Townsville Area
Free Entry
Located off Townsville, Keeper Reef offers a wonderful dive for those that love to explore healthy coral gardens. It is easy to get lost at this dive site as the coral gardens are divided by ridges and bommies, creating a coral maze.

Lady Bowen Dive Site

Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area
Free Entry
The Lady Bowen was a 66 metre long schooner, which hit reef almost 48 kilometres from where she eventually sank, and now sits in the ocean as a reef herself, off the coast of Mission Beach. At over 100 years old and resting under 34 metres of water, the Lady Bowen dive site is now home to amazing coral formations and a plethora of colourful and friendly marine life.
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