Welcome to ReefFree, the only way to explore, compare and book your tours for Australia’s breathtaking Great Barrier Reef.
Who are we?
ReefFree is a handpicked selection of unforgettable Great Barrier Reef tours and experiences. But we don’t just list every possible tour out there; we list only the best possible.
We know our stuff. As an Australian business with both local and international staff who have actually been to the Great Barrier Reef and are passionate about sharing our knowledge and experiences with others, we are THE place to go if you want to visit the Great Barrier Reef.
Here at ReefFree, we want you to have the most relevant information, useful tools, and knowledgeable support so you end up with the ideal Great Barrier Reef tour for you. No matter what your appetite, there is something for you. Filter and compare tours on your own based on preferred activities, destinations, departure cities and more, or call us on 1800 088 511 at any stage in your process and let one of our stellar staff help you.
We are your reef-savvy local guides. And the best part: our help is free.
Why book with us?
We’re in Australia and we’ve been there. Australia is known for its spectacular natural wonders, like the ecologically rich and visually stunning Great Barrier Reef. ReefFree is a proudly Australian part of the AdventureFree group servicing Australia’s adventure tourism industry and promoting whale watching tours, Fraser Island tours, outback adventures, and sailing experiences. We’ve been to those destinations and tried the tours, so we know what we’re talking about.
After all, we love our country; we want you to, too.
We offer free, knowledgeable and personalised support. Think of us as your very own service to help with your decision making and booking. Unlike many travel sites, we know the tours inside and out, so our staff can take care of individual and group needs and things like accessibility concerns, tricky itineraries, or competing interests. And if you need to make changes, no worries!
We understand the uncertainties when booking for a destination you’ve never been to; our team is here to make sure the practical matters are under control, so you can focus on getting excited about the magic ahead! And if you’ve been to the Great Barrier Reef before, let us help you pick another amazing reef adventure.
We’re transparent. There are no booking or credit card fees, we have an independent rating system and customer reviews, and we make sure there are no hidden costs so you have the information you need to confidently make an informed choice.
We give you control. You can search and compare to find the tour(s) that meet your specific needs. Browse and book on your own or take advantage of our experts, who are available over the phone 1800 088 511 (Australia) or +61 7 3852 2575 (international) 6am to 10pm AEST. Alternatively, you can contact us online or send us your questions over live chat.
Why visit the Great Barrier Reef?
Because Australia has the biggliest reef around. We really do. At approximately 344,400km2, the Great Barrier Reef is so large it can be seen from outer space. To put that into perspective, it’s larger than the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Switzerland combined, or roughly as large as Japan, Germany or Italy, or about half the size of Texas.
Located in the Coral Sea off the north Queensland coast, and comprising some 3,000 coral reefs and 600 continental islands, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is home to an incredibly diverse ecosystem that stretches around 2,300km (about the length of the North American west coast from Vancouver to the Mexican border). If you drove the length of the Great Barrier Reef following the coastline, it would take you around 43 hours from Bundaberg in the south to Bamaga in the the north.
So it is definitely not a destination you can squeeze in as a day trip from, say, Sydney (which is about 1766km away as the crow flies, if you’re wondering). To get the most out of the reef, you’ll want to stay at one of the major cities along the north Queensland coast such as Cairns, Airlie Beach or Bundaberg or, even better, stay on one of the many beautiful islands themselves.
Just imagine coasting out to and from one of the 100+ islands offering everything from a castaway-style remote island adventure to an all-in resort escape. Take a day. Take two or more. Bask in the sunshine on a deck in the middle of the reef. Spot marine mammals (like dolphins or the vulnerable dugong) and turtles from a sailing boat. Immerse yourself snorkeling and come face to face with colorful corals and curious fish (like Nemo’s Ocellaris Clownfish and Dory’s Blue Tang).
Or go deeper and scuba dive around the wrecks and ancient outer reefs. Stay dry and marvel at the underwater world in a glass-bottom boat, or take to the sky with a jaw-dropping scenic flight that will really put the reef’s scale and beauty into perspective. Sip a cocktail and watch the sun set from a soft, sandy perch. Feast on a delectable buffet of fresh seafood after swimming in crystal clear waters.
Here is just a taste of the tours on offer:
- Enjoy 2 leisure-filled days and a unique night sleeping out on the reef and under the stars aboard the Reefworld Pontoon.
- From Airlie Beach, you can take a 1-day Hook Island/Hill Inlet Lookout/Whitehaven Beach inflatable speed boat trip where you’ll get to swim, snorkel, relax, walk, eat and marvel at Whitehaven’s blinding white sand.
- Explore the best of both water and land on a 2-day tour from Cairns that includes a day around Moore Reef (where you can swim, snorkel, helmet or scuba dive, ride in a glass-bottom boat or just relax on deck) and a day experiencing the Kuranda Heritage Railway and a breathtaking ride through the rainforest on the Kuranda Skyrail.
No matter where you want to go, how much time you have, or what activities you’re interested in, there is a piece of this stunning reef and its fascinating inhabitants waiting for you. So go ahead, look through our library of future magical moments for yourself and then let us help you create the perfect Great Barrier Reef adventure!
Phone: 1800 088 511 (within Australia) or +61 7 3852 2575 (for international callers) from 6am to 10pm AEST