The Great Barrier Reef is a treasure for the entire world and especially for Australia. The tourism dollars that the reef generates are far and wide. There are so many different types of holiday adventures you can take on the reef. We have highlighted a few adventures so far including touring the port cities to the Great Barrier Reef, Great Barrier Reef Excursions, the Great Barrier Reef with Kids, the Whitsunday Islands, Cairns Getaways, and no doubt there will be more. Today’s post is all about some of the islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
Orpheus Island Coral Sea Infinity Pool Photo Credit: Orpheus.com.au
Orpheus Island Ocean Front Accommodations Photo Credit: Orpheus.com.au
Orpheus Island High End Service Photo Credit: Orpheus.com.au
Orpheus Island is just 80 km north of Townsville, one of the main port cities to the Great Barrier Reef located in central Queensland. The island is a tropical jungle hideaway that stretches 11 km across and only accommodates 28 guests. On the island you can relax in the luxury accommodations, lie on the beach, and renew in the spa. The waters of the Coral Sea surrounding Orpheus Island are one of the most coveted fishing spots in the entire Great Barrier Reef. Similarly, it is a diver’s heaven because the main dive spot near the island has 1,100 of the 1,500 species of fish in the Great Barrier Reef.
Hiring a Car in Townsville
Townsville Car Rental Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au
Even though you would take a boat charter or flight to Orpheus Island, you will still need a rental car to tour around Townsville, which is an amazing city that you shouldn’t skip over. There are two car hire locations in Townsville that you can choose from: the car rental location in Townsville city or rent a car right from the Townsville Airport. Touring around Townsville in your own rental car is the best way to see all the sights on your own schedule. Click through the links to get your car rental rate quote, Budget has the best car rental rates and service in Queensland.
Haggerstone Island Layout Photo Credit: HaggerstoneIsland.com
Helicopter Tours Photo Credit: HaggerstoneIsland.com
Aerial view of Haggerstone Island Jetty Photo Credit: HaggerstoneIsland.com
Haggerstone Island is probably one of the most remote island getaways on the Great Barrier Reef. It is only accessible by taking a flight from Cairns to Hicks Island, 660 km away. Then take a 20 minute boat transfer from Hicks Island to Haggerstone Island in the far north reaches of the Great Barrier Reef. Haggerstone Island is run by a couple, Roy and Anne Turner, who have built the accommodations there and play host to all guests since 1985. The seas and reef around Haggerstone are untouched and unexplored. The island accommodates up to about 12 people at a time in the 4 different huts or houses build by Roy. The island’s accommodations have hot and cold running water, queen sized beds, refrigeration, gas cooking facilities, sinks, 12/240 volt power, showers, toilets, lounge and deck areas, and laundry service. While there, you can catch your own meals and pair it with the fresh grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs on the island. Activities include beach combing, swimming, boating, bird watching, and helicopter tours. You can go skin diving or snorkeling here all year round and enjoy the safety of the lagoons just off Haggerstone’s beach.
Renting a Car in Cairns
Cairns Car Rental Map Photo Credit: Budget.com.au
Cairns is the largest port city in the Far North of Queensland and makes points on the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef accessible. There are two car hire locations in Cairns. If you fly into the Cairns Airport, you can rent a car there. Cairns City also has a car rental location. Even though you would not be driving to locations on the Great Barrier Reef, you will want to have a car to get around and see all of the different sights in the city including the Daintree Rainforest and national parks nearby. Ask your car rental agent for local tips for holiday destinations in Cairns and surrounds.
Brampton Island Photo Credit: GreatBarrierReef.org
Brampton Island Photo Credit: MackayRegion.com
Brampton Island Snorkelling Photo Credit: Brampton-Island-Whitsundays.com.au
Brampton Island is one of the more private island getaways of the Great Barrier Reef in the Whitsunday Islands region near Mackay. The tropical gardens on the island are viewed from some of the rooms or from the resorts health spa, The Sea Spa. The island is a place where you can choose to relax and do almost nothing at all or experience and exhilarating adventure at sea boating, jet skiing, swimming, fishing, etc. Of course, most holiday goers on the island choose to do a combination of booth, the beautiful beaches are right outside your hotel room and you can snorkel right off the beach.
Mackay Car Hire Service
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Mackay is known for its sugar production; coincidentally you can enjoy a really sweet vacation here. It is a vacation paradise on the mainland just as the Whitsunday Islands and Brampton Island are an island holiday paradise. Mackay is one of the southernmost port cities on the Great Barrier Reef. There are two car rental locations in Mackay; you can hire a car in the Mackay city location or at the Mackay airport car rental location. Some of the must see places near Mackay include Hillsborough National Park and the Eungella National Park in the Pioneer Valley; it is the best place in the world to see the platypus. You will want your own vehicle to travel around Mackay and see the sights there when you aren’t island hopping.
Great Keppel Island
Great Keppel Island Aerial View Photo Credit: GKHolidayVillage.com.au
Great Keppel Island Beach Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Great Keppel Island Shelving Beach Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Great Keppel Island is just a 30 minute boat or plane charter from the mainland. Adjacent to Rockhampton or Yepoon, this island getaway boasts 17 white sand beaches to relax or play on. The island is quite large at close to 1500 hectares and is a sanctuary for the native flora, fauna, and over 100 species of birds included Australia’s famed kookaburras. The waters of the Coral Sea surrounding the island are rich with corals, fish, and marine life. There are several different resort or accommodation options if you are staying on the island including a variety of options from budget tents to glamping to luxury suites.
Hiring a Car in Rockhampton
Rockhampton Car Rental Locations Map Photo Credit: Google Maps
Rockhampton is the southernmost port city to the Great Barrier Reef. There are two car hire locations in Rockhampton; you can hire a car in Rockhampton City or visit the car rental location at the Rockhampton Airport. Also close by is the Yeppoon, where you can hire a car in the coastal city of Yeppoon. Rockhampton gives you close access to beautiful spots in the Great Barrier Reef such as Keppel Bay Islands National Park, Curtis Island National Park, and popular dive spots. On the mainland, you can visit Mount Archer National Park, Capricorn Caves, the Fitzroy River, plus great Aboriginal culture tours among many other exciting adventures. When you hire a car with Budget, our experienced and friendly staff will make sure that you get the best car for your travel needs and all the safety advice necessary for touring Queensland.