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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.

Highlights

  • 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.

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Magnetic Island Round-Trip Ferry From Townsville

Magnetic Island Round-Trip Ferry From Townsville

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Explore the beaches, bays and National parks of Magnetic Island with round-trip transport by catamaran from Townsville. Your flexible ferry tickets can be used any time within a month, so you can spend as long as you want swimming and snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; hiking through the parklands; or partying at the island resorts.  
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.39
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Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Townsville or Magnetic Island

Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Townsville or Magnetic Island

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Check an item off your bucket list by snorkeling or scuba diving on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. On this tour from either Townsville or Magnetic Island, you’ll take a custom-built boat with a professional crew to Lodestone Reef, home to stingrays, sea turtles, reef sharks, tropical fish and more. Lunch, drinks and equipment are included. You have three options when booking: snorkeling, two certified dives or an introductory dive with an experienced instructor.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$212.20
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Scuba Dive the S.S. Yongala Wreck on the Great Barrier Reef.

Scuba Dive the S.S. Yongala Wreck on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Looking for a new underwater challenge? Embark on an unforgettable full-day scuba diving adventure in the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, open only to certified divers. Dive amid schools of tropical fish, manta rays and sea snakes; explore the remarkably preserved SS Yongala shipwreck and spot sea turtles and whale sharks. This small-group tour has a maximum of 21 participants and includes two open-water dives, lunch on-board and transport from either Townsville or Magnetic Island.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$231.56
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$231.56