Cities near Great Barrier Reef

Cairns (Australians pronounce it as "Cans"), is the main city for reef tours. It has a huge number of hotels and tour operators for all budgets.

Port Douglas is an upmarket resort town located just north of Cairns.

Airlie Beach (Proserpine) is a small town north of Port Douglas and offers great sailing tours around the numerous islands.

Townsville is the largest city in Far North Queensland.

Tourist Info

The Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Tourist Info Centre is here.  

Port Douglas Tourist Info Centre is here.

The Great Barrier Reef is a National Park.  Their website  is here.