Home ACCOMMODATION Sleeping on the Reef under the Stars – Whitsundays

Sleeping on the Reef under the Stars – Whitsundays

by Fiona Harper

Fiona_Harper_Image_05701 Sleeping on the reef never sounded that appealing. Until now. Located at Hardy Reef, 40 nautical miles (approx 70km) from the Whitsundays coast, Reefsleep has been named Australia’s best unique accommodation multiple times and offers two days and one night’s accommodation at a permanently moored pontoon on the Great Barrier Reef. Sleeping under the stars in comfy swags you’ll be lulled to sleep by the lapping of the tide.

Cruise Whitsundays Executive Director Chris Jacobs said exciting changes had been made to an already great product.

“We are relaunching Reefsleep as an even more unique experience with the opportunity to sleep underneath the stars in a swag, 40 miles from land on THE Great Barrier Reef,” Mr Jacobs said.“And for a really special experience we have also introduced night-time Scuba Diving as an optional activity – which is a spectacular encounter of the reef as it comes to life in the dark of the night,”

“Reefsleep guests have a full range of activities including snorkelling, swimming, exploring the reef via semi submersible and enjoying the facilities of Reefworld all on offer exclusively for them after the day trip guests leave and before they arrive the next morning,” he said.

Fiona_Harper_Image_05765“Guests are treated to amazing “quiet time” aboard the pontoon with only their fellow guests (up to 12), our crew, the fish, the turtles and maybe even whales as company!”“With so few guests this is an intimate taste of life on the Great Barrier Reef – one that few get to experience.”

Hardy Reef is one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef along the Queensland coast, home to hundreds of species of fish and coral including a resident Maori Wrasse who lives at the Reefworld pontoon. Reefsleep guests travel onboard a large, luxury vessel to the reef from Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island, Daydream Island or Long Island Resorts along with other day guests.

Two full days of exploring the Great Barrier Reef from the Reefworld pontoon are included, as well as optional activities including massage, scenic helicopter flights to nearby Heart Reef and Scuba Diving.

“Our Reefsleep hosts make sure guests get the most out of their stay, and let’s not forget their culinary skills with a big hearty breakfast and a gourmet barbecue in the evening,” Mr Jacobs said.

“Children as young as ten are able to accompany their parents on the most amazing sleep over they’ll ever have, making Reefsleep a memorable experience for people of all ages,” he said.

All meals, travel and accommodation are included for $399 per person sleeping in single or double swags. The swags are fully weather and waterproof, with a comfortable mattress on which guests can lie on and look up through the clear panel to the stars above, or unzip and leave the top open for a truly ‘under the stars’ experience. An air conditioned private double room is also available if sleeping under the stars is not quite your cup of tea.

Nemo looks forward to welcoming guests back to the Great Barrier Reefsleep!

More Info: Cruise Whitsundays

You may also like


Andy Tope November 22, 2013 - 7:22 am

Sounds amazing Fiona. I wonder, how much does it cost?

Fiona Harper November 30, 2013 - 9:18 pm

Hi Andy prices start from $145pp per night – more info here http://www.awesomeoz.com/gbra_prices.aspx

Comments are closed.

Travel Boating Lifestyle is managed by Fiona Harper

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters on which we live, work and travel. As people who seek meaning and knowledge through storytelling, we recognise that the First Peoples of this land have been doing so for over 60,000 years. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.