Australia's first underwater hotel is now open at the Great Barrier Reef
You can now experience sleeping under the sea at the Great Barrier Reef at Reefsuites on your next family holiday to Australia with your older children. Reefsuites opened on 1 December and are located on the refurbished pontoon which is part of Reefworld at Hardy Reef. The refurbishment of the $10 million Reefworld pontoon by Cruise Whitsundays was supported by the Queensland Government’s Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
To get to Reefsuites you cruise from Airlie Beach through the Whitsunday Islands to Heart Reef and then you get stay overnight at the all inclusive Reefsuites underwater accommodation when all of the day trippers have gone home.
Cruise from Airlie Beach through the Whitsunday Islands to Heart Reef for snorkeling and then stay overnight at the all inclusive Reefsuites underwater accommodation.
You can sit back, relax and watch as the reef comes to life through the floor to ceiling windows. Your underwater ensuite will even have a view out to the ocean.
The Reefsuites look out onto Hardy Reef which is still recovering from mild coral bleaching and damage from Cyclone Debbie in 2017. Although the see if black at night you will still be able to see the marine life as the water will be lit with a light. However you will only be able to see the reef during the daytime. Checkout is not until 2:30pm so you can enjoy watching the fish from your room during the day.
There are only 2 Reefsuite rooms ( each can be configured as twin or double rooms) with both rooms sleeping 4 people in total. Children need to be at least 10 years old to stay at Reefsuites, making it a perfect experience for your teens or teens. All meals including breakfast, morning and afternoon tea and dinner and beverages (excluding cocktails) are included. The one downside is that this experience is not cheap for a family as room starts at AUD $799 per person per night for 2 people in a room or AUD $1,199 for one person in a room.
If the Reefsuites are too expensive, then Reefsleep which are swag tents on the main deck of the pontoon may be a better option for your family. Swags cost $595 for 2 people sharing or $795 per person for 1 person sharing a shag and include all meals. Children need to be a little older to stay at Reefsleep and must be at least 12 years old. There is a maximum of 30 guests at Reefsleep each night on the Reefworld pontoon.
How to get there
The two nearest airports are in the nearby town of Proserpine and on Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays. International flights arriving into Australia’s major cities can connect with domestic flights to the Whitsundays.
The Whitsunday Coast Airport is located in Proserpine, with daily direct services from Brisbane, twice weekly flights from Sydney and Melbourne and connecting flights from all major Australian cities with Jetstar and Virgin Australia. From the Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine) it is just a short 30 minute drive into Airlie Beach.
The Great Barrier Reef Airport is located on Hamilton Island, with daily direct services from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns with Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas Link. A scheduled ferry service connects all arriving and departing flights from Hamilton Island Airport with Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach.
The catamaran cruise transfer leaves from both Port of Airlie and Hamilton Island to to take you to Reefsuites and Reefsleep.