There’s no denying that the Great Barrier Reef is Australian tourism’s supermodel: ridiculously beautiful, on the covers of magazines around the world, and a dead-set drawcard for admirers. It’s an obvious holiday must-do, of course. So here’s a different way to experience it: sleep on it. Yep, sleep on the reef.

Cruise Whitsundays operates Reefsleep at Reefworld, a permanently-moored floating pontoon on Hardy Reef, about 40 nautical miles off the coast. You’ll join others on the way out there for a day of snorkelling and exploring. But the magic continues after 3pm, when the daytrippers toddle off back to the mainland, and your small group (maximum 12 guests) is left in the silent splendour of the reef, minus the crowds. You’ll have the sunset to yourself, enjoy a barbecue dinner, and witness an incredible blanket of stars before rugging up in your swag to fall sound asleep under the wide Queensland sky. Not enough? There are also optional activities such as night-time scuba diving, massages, and scenic helicopter flights.

The details

Reefsleep packages include two days of exploring the Great Barrier Reef, all meals, travel to the pontoon and one night accommodation, for $399 per person. The minimum age for Reefsleep is 10 years old.

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