Great Barrier Reef: still a living wonder!

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is alive and well worth seeing on a yacht charter downunder. It is one of the world's natural wonders, huge and colourful and there is so much to see and do. And your very own luxury charter yacht is the ideal way to see this incredible UNESCO Heritage Site.

Despite global media coverage of the recent bleaching damage to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the experts at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) state that damage was limited to the northern tip of this massive natural wonder and thousands of square kilometres remain in top condition.

The Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's natural wonders, is a living, breathing and resilient structure which sits on a shelf, 150 metres deep – a geological feature of the north-east coast of Queensland. And it's absolutely massive! It's not something that even on a superyacht you can sail around in a day or two. At 350,000-square-kilometres, it's larger than Italy.

The most recent bleaching, due to hot air temperatures impacted the Reef north of Cook Town. The impact gradually diminishes towards Townsville, the mid-point of the Reef, while further south, there is no evidence of bleaching at all.

The charter market and tourism are the main industry in far north Queensland, and generally have a positive impact. More than two million tourists per year visit the Reef and the tourism industry is a global leader in sustainable coral reef tourism.

Leaving from Cairns, charter itineraries that take in the islands and Reef are the choice of guests whose ideal experience involves scuba diving, snorkelling, or taking to the water in submersibles to experience the profusion of coloured corals teeming with marine life in the azure waters. Guests can also see the majesty and extent of the Reef from above on a seaplane or chopper jaunt between coral cays and idyllic, deserted white-sand beaches.

Among the most popular destinations for divers are Hastings Reef, which abounds in anemones, clumps of staghorn coral, giant clams, schools of Butterfly, Angel fish and Cod, as well as brilliantly hued polyps.

Osprey Reef is a submerged atoll which covers around 195 square kilometres, with a central lagoon only 30 metres deep and boasts thriving communities of soft corals, Nautilus and various species of sharks.

To the north of Cairns and Port Douglas lie the Ribbon Reefs, a 120-kilometre string of 10 individual coral reefs, considered home to some of the best dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef.
Cathedral Reef boasts fascinating caves and pinnacles, while Opal Reef, a shallow, crescent shaped reef near the edge of the continental shelf, is renowned for its clear water and diverse marine life.

Then there's pristine Agincourt Reef on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef.

Scientists and researchers at AIMS, GBRMPA and James Cook University are working together with international agencies to address the natural and man-made hazards that threaten the health of the Great Barrier Reef: cyclones, water quality, climate change, coastal development and unsustainable fishing.

The work of GBRMPA and AIMS is focused on protecting the parts of the Reef that have good coral cover and the water quality around the currents that take their spawn – key to nurturing the next generation on all the reefs around it.

By far the greatest challenge long-term is climate change, according to the experts. Summers are getting hotter and hotter, more extreme than ever before, and winter too broke temperature records. Corals fare better in the natural cycle of winter and summer. In a normal cool winter, bacteria and diseases die back.

This is a global trend, affecting the entire world's coral reefs. Australia's Great Barrier Reef is no exception and it will take a worldwide effort to protect and preserve them.

Click here for more information about this incredible UNESCO Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef

For details about, and a personalised quote for, the luxury charter yachts available here please contact the charter experts at the Luxury Charter Group. 

Disclaimer: The information about luxury yachts displayed on this page is merely informational and these yachts are not necessarily available for yacht charter or for sale, nor are they represented or marketed in anyway by Luxury Charter Group. This web page and the superyacht information contained herein is not contractual. All yacht specifications and information is displayed in good faith but Luxury Charter Group does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the current accuracy, completeness, validity, or usefulness of any superyacht information and/or images displayed. All boat information is subject to change without prior notice and may not be current.

Related Blog Posts

Guide to Luxury Motor Yacht Charters in the Caribbean

Guide to Luxury Motor Yacht Charters in the Caribbean

The Caribbean, with its azure waters, lush islands, and vibrant culture, offers an unparalleled setting for luxury yacht charters. Chartering a crewed luxury motor yacht in these idyllic islands provides a unique way to explore this beautiful region and offers an experience that combines the ultimate in privacy and superb personalised service. Learn more...

Why Use a Luxury Charter Broker: LCG Works For You!

Why Use a Luxury Charter Broker: LCG Works For You!

Embarking on a luxury yacht charter is an unparalleled experience that promises adventure and relaxation. In today's digital age, it's easy to find information about yacht charters online. So, you may wonder, why should you engage a yacht charter broker? The answer lies in the benefits we offer and the risks we help you avoid. Learn more...

Luxury Yacht Charters in the Mediterranean: A Foodie Adventure

Luxury Yacht Charters in the Mediterranean: A Foodie Adventure

A luxury yacht charter is not just a maritime adventure; it's an exploration of the region's rich and diverse culinary landscape. Each destination unfolds its unique gastronomic treasures, and your yacht becomes a floating gourmet haven. Indulge in the freshest local ingredients in fabulous restaurants ashore or expertly prepared by onboard chefs, as you cruise through a tapestry of tastes that reflect the essence of the Mediterranean. Learn more...

Ultimate Guide to Group Yacht Charters in Croatia

Ultimate Guide to Group Yacht Charters in Croatia

When it comes to vacationing with a group of people, whether it be family or friends, few experiences can match the luxury, exclusivity and ease of a crewed yacht charter in Croatia. With modern high volume motorsailers and motor yachts capable of accommodating up to 24 guests, crystal-clear waters and picturesque coastal towns and islands, Croatia is the perfect destination for a memorable getaway. Learn more...


8 Good Reasons to Book with Luxury Charter Group

We are the luxury charter experts and have been excelling in this space for 30 years, or a combined total of 140 years! Our clients’ feedback assures us that our experience, expertise and dedication are the main reasons they rely on us, why they rebook time and again and refer their friends and contacts to us.


  1. Personalised service: we take care of the details
  2. We deliver exceptional charter experiences
  3. Up-to-date charter yacht knowledge
  4. Personal experience of the destinations
  5. Unbiased independent advice
  6. Global operations base
  7. Financial security
  8. Secure charter contracts

We ensure planning your charter is easy and enjoyable

Why you should choose us...