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Project overview

Reefworld by Cruise Whitsundays offers panoramic views of the Reef, under clear Queensland skies.

Permanently moored 39 nautical miles from Airlie Beach at Hardy Reef, the pontoon measures 12 metres by 45 metres.

With our support, up to 300 visitors a day can enjoy a range of reef activities including:

  • underwater observatory access
  • semi-submersible tours
  • scuba diving, and
  • snorkelling.

After hours, guests can sleep underwater with tropical fish or above deck under the stars:

  • Two Reefsuites - premium king suite or a two-single-bed suite, glass-walled ensuite
  • Cosy swags on the pontoon top level for up to 24 guests.

To rejuvenate the local environment, more than 4000 pieces of coral were sustainably removed from old moorings and replanted onto the existing reef wall. This is the largest natural coral transplant to take place on the Great Barrier Reef.


  • Support 10 construction and 35 operational jobs.

  • Estimated to attract an additional 60,000 visitors annually.

  • Estimated to grow the local economy by $23 million annually.


  • “Cruise Whitsundays is very proud to invite travellers from around the world to experience the Great Barrier Reef from a completely new perspective. The new Reefsuites will combine unrivalled access to a World Heritage listed destination with quality hospitality and a unique food and wine experience.

    The pontoon itself will have new interactive experiences providing education and inspiration for guests and shining a spotlight on the unique natural environment that is our incredible backyard.”

    Luke Walker, Chief Operating Officer, Cruise Whitsundays

Last updated: 15 Jul 2023