About the reef

THE great barrier reef

Welcome to the Great Barrier Reef! Stretching across 2,300 KM of pristine coastline from Fraser Island in balmy Southern Queensland all the way to Cape York and beyond in tropical Far North Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is a world heritage listed area of colourful coral gardens, abundant marine life and over 900 unspoilt islands waiting to be explored. 

From snorkelling to scuba diving or a leisurely helicopter flight to fully appreciate its awesome scale, Sunlover Reef Cruises and our expert team of locals will take you beyond the postcards to experience this marine wonder in all its glory.

Guests from all over the world can also choose from a variety of optional extras including certified or introductory dives with professional scuba diving instructors, qualified Marine Biologists and Seawalker helmet diving, Sunlover Reef Cruises offers many options for our guests to discover the beauty and diversity of the Great Barrier Reef.

turtle rehabilitation

The Centre was started in 2002, when a need was identified for a facility to house injured and sick marine turtles brought in from the Great Barrier Reef. The centre was first started at Undersea World Aquarium and the Pier Market Place. Two marine biologists Jennie Gilbert and Paul Barnes volunteered to look after these animals. This facility was closed when the Pier was sold, and the CTRC was faced with a sick turtle not ready for release and nowhere for the turtle to be housed.

In 2004 Sunlover Reef Cruises came to the rescue and generously donated a small portion of land at Tingara Street, Cairns to the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre to build a rehabilitation facility to nurse sick and injured turtles back to health.

Since the commencement of the centre at Tingara Street there have been over 150 sick and injured animals many which have been in CTRC’s care for up to 24 months before being well enough to be released back into the wild.

THE great barrier reef

Welcome to the Great Barrier Reef! Stretching across 2,300 KM of pristine coastline from Fraser Island in balmy Southern Queensland all the way to Cape York and beyond in tropical Far North Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is a world heritage listed area of colourful coral gardens, abundant marine life and over 900 unspoilt islands waiting to be explored. 

From snorkelling to scuba diving or a leisurely helicopter flight to fully appreciate its awesome scale, Sunlover Reef Cruises and our expert team of locals will take you beyond the postcards to experience this marine wonder in all its glory.

Guests from all over the world can also choose from a variety of optional extras including certified or introductory dives with professional scuba diving instructors, qualified Marine Biologists and Seawalker helmet diving, Sunlover Reef Cruises offers many options for our guests to discover the beauty and diversity of the Great Barrier Reef.