The Great Barrier Reef is an awe-inspiring natural wonder of the world, largely unaffected by Australia’s hot climate and lack of rainfall. This area of stunning beauty has remained relatively untouched by man’s impact.
Coral reefs are home to an abundance of marine life. You can spot turtles, rays and fish while snorkeling.
1. Lizard Island Resort
Lizard Island Resort is Australia’s northernmost resort, situated right on the Great Barrier Reef and bordered by 24 powdery white beaches. Surrounded by national park lands, it features 40 luxury beach suites as well as an award-winning spa.
Snorkel the vibrant coral gardens, colorful tropical fish and giant clams at your leisure. Diving opportunities abound, including the iconic Cod Hole where divers will come face-to-face with an enormous yet curious Potato Cod who will inspect you with childlike wonder.
At this resort, guests can enjoy bushwalking, sailing, fishing or glass bottom boat tours. Plus the hotel provides massages, yoga and meditation classes.
Lizard Island Resort offers an idyllic retreat from the digital world with just a few rooms and no phone reception. Plus, their day spa provides a range of rejuvenating treatments using exclusive La Biosthetique skincare for an individualized spa experience.
2. Orpheus Island Lodge
Orpheus Island Lodge is a private, luxury island hideaway surrounded by the vibrant corals of the Great Barrier Reef. Accessible only by helicopter, it offers an array of unforgettable experiences including its daily curated Orpheus experience.
Each renovated beachfront suite embraces the natural environment with light, contemporary decor and stunning sea views. Room amenities include air-conditioning, Bose sound system, private patio area and free Wi-Fi connection.
Guests at this resort have access to its indoor pool, spa and massage facilities during their stay. Other amenities include a poolside bar and library for added enjoyment.
Gwandalan Island is also home to the Gwandalan Day Spa, offering indigenous-inspired treatments.
Orpheus is an ideal spot for snorkeling and diving, boasting stunning coral gardens and an array of species. You can even take a guided walk through the marine park or go on a sunset cruise to enjoy stunning views from above.
3. Daydream Island Resort
Daydream Island Resort is an idyllic tropical haven situated in the Great Barrier Reef. Surrounded by pristine coral reef, it makes for an ideal snorkeling and diving getaway to the Whitsunday Islands.
This resort’s tropical climate and stunning setting make it the ideal getaway for couples, families or groups looking to unwind and take in the natural splendor of the Great Barrier Reef. Guests enjoy a range of activities on-site, including the unique ‘Living Reef’ aquarium with live coral and vibrant fish.
Daydream Island boasts an array of dining options, from the Inkstone Kitchen & Bar to Graze Restaurant in the main atrium. For something truly exotic, Infinity Restaurant features a teppanyaki suite for an unforgettable experience.
4. Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas
The luxurious Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa is an excellent destination for snorkeling and diving on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Guests have direct access to its own beach, skybridge access to Marina Mirage, and tropical grounds centered around interconnecting saltwater lagoon pools.
This resort is a popular honeymoon and family getaway. It offers various room types and features, like its private beach, outdoor pool, and Jacuzzi.
Its rooms and suites are modern, featuring light wood furnishings and appointments. They come equipped with flat-screen TVs as well as iPod docking stations for added entertainment.
The hotel provides a selection of dining options, such as Lagoons Restaurant and Feast Restaurant. Its vending machines provide 24-hour refreshments, while 24-hour room service is also available.