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Gold Coast Artificial Dive Attraction - Wonder Reef

Project overview

We’ve invested $2.5 million through the Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund and partnered with Gold Coast City Council to create a site that will be perfect for dive enthusiasts.

Located 2.5 kilometres offshore, the purpose-built reef will create eco-experiences for divers with a key benefit being its ease of accessibility, just a 10-minute boat trip from the Gold Coast Seaway.

Built in Maryborough and Brisbane, Wonder Reef includes nine buoyant sculptural reef structures reaching 20 metres above the sea floor. Each reef structure is gravity anchored to the seabed by a reef foundation weighing more than 70 tonnes.

The reef will have a low environmental impact thanks to its location on a sandy seabed and is designed to accelerate growth and attract a rich diversity of sea life.

Due to open mid-2022, Wonder Reef will offer a unique underwater attraction on the Gold Coast.

Benefits

  • Forecast to support 18 construction and 82 operational jobs

  • Expected to attract an additional 16,600 visitors annually

  • Forecast to grow the local economy by $2.04 million each year

Last updated: 23 Mar 2022