One of the most loveable reefs to see in the Great Barrier Reef.

Heart Reef is perhaps one of the most romantic reefs to see due to the heart shape the reef has. The heart shape was created by the coral forming naturally over time. Heart Reef is in the Whitsundays region and is in the inner part of the Great Barrier Reef, close to Hook Island.

What to do

Heart Reef is very protected meaning you can’t snorkel or dive at the reef. With that being said, there are other ways to see the reef and places you can visit that are close to the reef!

  • Scenic flights

    The best way to see Heart Reef is from a scenic flight in a helicopter or a seaplane. You will get a bird’s eye view of Heart Reef and spot the heart shape! From up above you’ll see the different shades of blue from the water and other parts of the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Hardy Reef

    Heart Reef is in Hardy Reef which is close to the Whitsundays. Hardy Reef is home to all kinds of different size fish, including the giant Maori wrasse. You may also come across the spectacular sea turtles or even a reef shark. You can spot some of these marine lives when you go snorkelling or diving!

  • Whitsundays

    The Whitsundays offer a tropical paradise that is surrounded by the beautiful blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Go snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, relax at Airlie Beach, or sail around the Whitsunday Islands.

Heart Reef Map