Local tour operators dive into Wonder Reef

Two Gold Coast dive tour operators have been selected for the city’s newest tourist attraction due to open on 8 June, coinciding with World Ocean Day.

Bookings are now open for experienced divers to discover this unique underwater world with tour operators – Gold Coast Dive Adventures and Queensland Scuba Dive.

“This one-of-a-kind diving attraction will attract divers from around the world,” said Mayor Tom Tate.

“It’s going to put the Gold Coast on the map for top diving experiences and I’m pleased to see two local businesses joining us on the journey.”

Wonder Reef is located about 2.5 kilometres offshore from Philip Park, The Spit, at a depth of 30 metres, and featuring nine world-first buoyant sculptural reef flutes.

 Gold Coast Dive Adventures is based at Runaway Bay Marina and will offer scuba diving / freediving tours.

“We are excited to be a part of putting the Gold Coast on the international stage of extraordinary dive locations,” said Harry Cottrell, CEO of Gold Coast Dive Adventures.

Queensland Scuba Diving is based at Mariners Cove Marina, Main Beach and will offer tours for PADI certified divers and bundled experiences.

“With the opening of Wonder Reef in addition to the existing Wavebreak Island dive site, the Gold Coast now caters to all scuba diving levels and experience,” said Dave Abrahams from Queensland Scuba Diving.

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said, “Wonder Reef is tipped to top the bucket lists of divers around the world and is part of our commitment to helping Gold Coast tourism build back better.

“This is another great addition to the world-class visitor experiences that make the Gold Coast the world’s favourite Australian holiday playground destination.”

Member for Gaven and Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said Wonder Reef’s potential as a diving attraction was exciting.

“Wonder Reef is a Queensland-made triumph of innovation and science with real coral plantings thriving and adding a kaleidoscope of underwater colour,” Ms Scanlon said.

“With operators locked in and the website taking bookings, it’s game on for Wonder Reef on the Gold Coast.”

The new website was recently launched to give locals and visitors a glimpse at the world-class dive site. Visit wonderreef.com.au

 

Published: May 24, 2022