A playground at the reef
'Heart Pontoon' is our pontoon at The Great Barrier Reef, moored 40 nautical miles from land. It provides a fun, interactive and safe way to explore the underwater world of Hardy Reef below
Reefworld pontoon sits above colourful Hardy Reef, one of the many thousand small reefs that make up the Great Barrier Reef. A coral wall, home to an ecosystem of magnificent corals and marine life, runs adjacent to the pontoon. Hundreds of fish species at Hardy will surprise and delight you - especially the giant groper!
Giving the reef that magical feel is an intricate garden of hard and soft coral thriving in sheltered lagoons. The bright colours and amusing antics of anemone, parrotfish and sometime even turtles and reef sharks, captivate all. It is common to see tusk fish, cuttlefish, morays, barracudas, unicorn fish, surgeonfish, angelfish, starfish, feather stars and much more!
Where is Hardy Reef?
Hardy Reef is part of the Great Barrier Reef, off the Whitsundays coast of Australia. Formed millions of years ago, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth. It is so large that it can be viewed from outer space. The magnificent structure that curves up the coast of Queensland is made up of 2,900 individual reefs!
It takes about 2 hours to get to Hardy Reef depending on the weather and sea conditions. It may be a 2 hour journey, but most see it as a 2 hour sight-seeing adventure. At certain times of year, you can turn it into a whale spotting trip!
There is undercover seating and tables, sun decks for topping up the tan, freshwater showers, change rooms and full access to the air conditioned comfort of our reef vessel.
Sun deck with shaded areas
Swimming and snorkelling zones
Rest stations in the water
Changing rooms & fresh water showers
Air conditioned lounges onboard reef vessel
Reef experts on site
Activity options are endless
Reefworld is purpose built for exploring the Great Barrier Reef in as many ways as possible! There are a choice of areas to relax but more importantly, a great range of activities for discovering Hardy Reef! The pontoon is shallower waters with protection from the surrounding sea conditions and the best coral only a short distance away.
Highlights & Inclusions
- Unbelievable snorkelling with all gear provided
- Guided snorkelling tours*
- Learn to dive and certified diving*
- Scenic helicopter flights*
- An innovative and spacious reef pontoon
- Underwater viewing chamber
- Activities for the kids
- All you can eat buffet lunch
- Morning and afternoon tea
- Presentations by reef experts
- FREE wetsuit usage
- Sun deck for topping up your tan
What to bring
- Swimwear and towel
- Protective clothing, hat and sunscreen lotion
- Your camera and a sense of fun!
- Light jacket / sweater for windy or cool days
- Money / credit card for optional purchases such as dives, massages or a heli flight
Groups & Events
Did you know you can get MARRIED at Hardy Reef!? Or if you're looking to host large groups for other events, we have a reef site tailored for organised groups and cruise ship visitors called Knuckle Reef Lagoon. Find out more.