The Great Barrier Reef - A World Phenomenum

Brisbane and Area.
Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and located in the south east corner of the state between the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. The city covers the largest area of any city in the world and straddles the Brisbane River. Semi mountainous, it is overlooked by Mt Coot-tha which is capped with television stations and antennae. Offshore is Moreton Island and the large international airport is just north east of the city centre.
Bundaberg and the Coral Coast
Bundaberg is famous for its rum production, but it is also the capital of a large coastal touring area.
Capricorn Region
The Capricorn region takes its name from its location on the Tropic of Capricorn with Rockhampton as the principal city in the area. In the bottom section of the Great Barrier Reef it has wonderful beaches and is a major sugar cane producer.
Fraser Coast & South Burnett
Including Fraser Island and the major resort towns of Hervey Bay and Maryborough, the Fraser Coast is a popular holiday destination.
Gladstone Region
Gladstone is a coastal strip of Queensland centred on the town and including a large number of popular islands in the Great Barrier Reef.
The Gold Coast
The Gold Coast lies along the coast 100km south of Brisbane via a fast expressway. It is renowned for its string of beaches, major attractions like Movie World and Sea World, and an exciting atmosphere which attracts visitors from Australia and all across the world.
Mackay Region
Mackay is located roughly half-way between Brisbane and Cairns and is the stepping off point to Brampton Island. Thousands of hectares os sugar-cane surround the towns and the beaches at Bucasia, just north of town are popular tourist attractions.
Outback Queensland
Outback Queensland is all that area west of the Great Dividing Range which runs parallel to the coast for the length of Queensland and Australia. It includes the towns of Mt Isa, Longreach, Winton, Birdsville and Normanton. Historic and rugged outback settlements serving station properties, many the size of most European countries. A fascinating area of great diversity.
Southern Downs
The Southern Downs is a rich agricultural and livestock area south west of Brisbane and including massive cotton farms like Cubbie Station, wine producing areas like Stanthorpe and vast wheat and grain properties..
Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast is among Australia's most popular coastal resort areas and is located some 150km north of Brisbane around Noosa, Maroochydore and Caloundra.
Toowoomba and Golden West
Toowoomba is a major city west of Brisbane and the centre for a large grain producing area.
Torres Strait Islands
The Torres Strait Islands are off the northern tip of Cape York and accessible by barge or air from Cairns. The principle islands are Thursday Island and Horn Island. Permits may be required to access some areas.
Townsville Region
Townsville is a stepping off point for many of the islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
Tropical North
The Tropical North encompasses Cairns on the coast, Cape Yorke the Savannah Country around Normanton and Burketown and the northern islands and resorts of the Great Barrier Reef.
Whitsunday Region
The Whitsunday Island of the Great Barrier Reef are significant enough to warrant their own tour area. Here you will find all the major islands of the reef including Hamilton, Orpheus, Dunk, South Molle and of course Whitsunday Island. These are services by air, launch and helicopter from Proserpine on the coast.
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world and stretches most of the east coast of Queensland. It contains hundreds of islands, reefs, cays, and beaches and is one of Australia's most popular destinations.