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Whitsundays underwater tourism

Project overview

The project includes the design, creation and installation of six art pieces (sculptures)  delivered with funding from the Tourism Recovery Fund. The sculptures will educate visitors about reef ecology and encourage marine rehabilitation, while offering an in-water recreational experience.

The sculptures include:

  • a mauri wrasse at Blue Pearl Bay off Hayman Island (artist Adriaan Vanderlugt)
  • a manta ray with indigenous markings at Manta Ray Bay off Hook Island (artist Adriaan Vanderlugt)
  • a manta ray sculpture at Manta Ray Bay off Hook Island (artist Brian Robinson)
  • a sculpture title Bywa depicting a Dreamtime story about the reef located at Horseshoe Bay (artist Brian Robinson)
  • a turtle at Langford Bird Reef (artist Col Henry)
  • a 20,000 times size sculpture of a single coral polyp at Blue Pearl Bay called Anthozoa  (artist Jessa Lloyd) anticipated to be installed first quarter of 2020.


  • Attract visitors to the Whitsundays

  • Provide new marine tourism experiences

  • Encourage marine (coral growth) rehabilitation

Assisting recovery of the Great Barrier Reef

This video covers coral gardening and the underwater art project.


  • “To have a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park first in our backyard is a huge coup for the Whitsunday region. We believe this new tourism offering will be a great drawcard for visitors looking to experience something new. The success of this project is down to the strong collaboration at all levels of government a partnership between Federal, State and Local government as well as the incredible effort by Reef Ecologic. This collaboration has ensured this landmark project has been brought to fruition”

    Allen Grundy, Chair, Tourism Whitsundays

Last updated: 11 Feb 2020