Surrounded by the stunning Great Barrier Reef, much of the Queensland Islands appeal is their proximity to the world's largest and most beautiful coral reef. Spread across more than 2,000 km, this underwater wonder of the world can even been seen from space.
The reef is teeming with an unbelievable variety of marine life including roughly 1500 kinds of tropical fish ranging from mackerel to manta rays, angelfish to butterfly fish, surgeon fish to cod and many more. The reef is also home to 3 species of turtle, the renowned green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles. There are also 4,000 species of shellfish that inhabit the coral reef including crabs, sea urchins, shrimp, sea stars, soft corals, sea cucumbers, sea anemones, sponges, worms and sea fans.
A World Heritage listed wonder, the natural marine eco-system of the Great Barrier Reef is best explored by snorkelling and scuba diving this unique attraction allowing you to get up close and personal with the marine life. There are also underwater observatories, semi submersibles and glass bottom boats for those who want to experience the beauty of the reef from the comfort of dry land or vessel.
The other major drawcards of the Queensland Islands are the stunning National Parks situated on each island. The coastline is studded with glorious National Parks that are made even more dazzling set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Barrier Reef.
A great deal of Heron Island is made up of National Park with only a small section of the northern side of the island reserved for the resort to minimise environmental impact. Hayman Island is smaller in size at only 4 square km and therefore offers plenty of walking tracks to explore the island and enjoy the spectacular scenery.
Long Island on the other hand is almost completely National Park with just a small area interrupted by tourist development and the remainder a stunning combination of lush rainforest and bushland walking trails. Orpheus Island is not only home to some of the most magnificent National Park it also features a fantastic range of wildlife.
Nearby Dunk Island enjoys resort accommodation surrounded by fantastic rainforest and plenty of walking trails while Fitzroy Island offers walking trails which boast some of the most amazing views across the islands and the crystal waters of the Coral Sea.
Green Island is renowned as a natural haven with spectacular scenery and an extensive array of wildlife including a wide range of bird species ranging from Egrets, Sea Eagles, Doves, Ospreys and many more all of which can be seen on one of the naturalist guided walks available on the island.