Heart Reef, Airlie Beach

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In the Great Barrier Reef, a composition of coral shaped into a heart forms Heart Reef, which you can see from the air. Take ride on a seaplane or helicopter for the best views. It is not possible to swim at the Heart Reef due to its protected status. Our Airlie Beach holiday planner makes visiting Heart Reef and other Airlie Beach attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Took a Scenic Flight tour with GSL Aviation. The staff were very experienced and put us at ease quickly as far as fears of propellor planes go. The tour was very informative, everyone had the chance t...  more »
  • The Heart Reef is simply amazing. I did the scenic flight over the reef and it just looks like a painting.  more »
  • With a seaplane over the Great Barrier Reef. And, of course, is the Heart Reef. It is very small compared with the rest of the reef, but very special, because it is in the form of a heart. Sure, mark you get the chance.
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As the jumping-off point for the Whitsunday Islands, Arlie Beach boasts a selection of hostels specifically catering to backpackers. Centrally located inns offer a low-cost option mere minutes from popular bars and restaurants. If you're looking for something quieter, consider one of the area's motels or rental apartments, many of which offer fully equipped kitchens, secure parking, and free Wi-Fi, just a walk away from good shopping and dining opportunities in central Arlie Beach. 
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