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Great Barrier Reef Tours from Townsville

Great Barrier Reef Tours from Townsville

The coastal Queensland town of Townsville attracts adventurous divers from across the globe thanks its close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. Using the town as your base camp puts memorable diving, snorkeling, and sailing adventures within easy reach. Here's what you need to know about Great Barrier Reef tours from Townsville.


  • SS Yongala, which sunk in 1911, is one of the Great Barrier Reef’s best dive sites. Colorful tropical fish, giant stingrays, and sea turtles swim through the wreckage.

  • Shallower waters make Lodestone Reef, in the Outer Barrier Reef, suitable for novice divers and snorkelers, while also offering adventure to experienced divers.

  • Those who prefer to stay on dry land can take a boat trip (by ferry or private yacht) to Magnetic Island, the only self-contained island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

  • You can charter a yacht from Townsville to sail around Magnetic Island for a few hours around sunset.

Things to Know

If you are a certified diver, be sure to bring proof of certification.

Most diving/snorkeling tours are full day—tours typically run between seven and nine hours long.

Lunch, as well as morning and afternoon tea, is included on most full-day tours.