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The Whitsundays is certainly a blessed part of the world, known as a portal to many natural wonders.
‘It’s more beautiful in real life. A must see. (In fact) everything about the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef is incredible.’ – Trip Advisor, 15 May 2015
This review is referring about the Heart Reef.
This review is from one person, one of millions of travellers from around the world, who have had the desire to see this miraculous natural wonder for themselves.If you haven’t heard of this breathtaking icon, then you must read about it, if not SEE IT.
True to its name, Heart Reef has naturally conformed into a shape of a heart overtime, and now sits under the surface within the Great Barrier Reef, off the Queensland coast in Australia.
However, with the Great Barrier Reef stretching more than 344,400 square kilometres within the Pacific Ocean, Heart Reef, in reality, is a minuet coral formation in contrast. Though its size certainly doesn’t detract from the Heart’s beauty.
So where is this glittering icon actually located?
Geographically speaking it is 19°46'0" S 149°15'0" E, which sits within a much larger reef which is Hardy Reef – a suspended lagoon which is approximately 60 kilometres from the Airlie Beach mainland.
Hardy Reef itself is a significant site within the barrier reef, not just its close proximity to the mainland, but it is also the home of some of the best coral reef formations and marine species. Because of this, this reef is a tourism hotspot and the home of the Reefworld pontoon from which tours and activities, including snorkelling and scuba diving, are available.
But though Hardy Reef is accessible, the Heart Reef is not. That’s right, there are many misconceptions that the Heart Reef is reachable by boat and avid tourists-alike.
Due to its extraordinary status, Heart Reef is protected with no snorkelling and scuba diving permitted, however it can still be seen, admired and experienced by air and it is a very popular and much-appreciated site with a handful of commercial helicopters and seaplanes running scenic flights around the location daily.
These all operate and leave from an airport on the Airlie Beach mainland, and bookings must be made early. A scenic flight to the Heart Reef can also be coupled with a fly over other Whitsunday attractions, including the islands, Shute Harbour, and most commonly Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet.
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