Super-yachts are a great way to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef. On these high value, luxury vessels you can access most of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Different rules apply depending whether you are involved in private recreational use or providing commercial charters using a super-yacht in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Commercial charters include elements of your operation that provide transport, accommodation or services for paying guests or tourists.
Private recreational use of super-yachts
Where you can go
As a recreational user you may access most of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. You do need to be aware of three things zoning, the size of your super-yacht, and the activities you do.
In some areas of the Marine Park there are special management strategies in place to manage use. As some of these rules apply to vessel and group size, they will relate to you.
- Super-yachts less than or equal to 35 metres in overall length
- Super-yachts between 35 and 70 metres in overall length
- Super-yachts over 70 metres in overall length
What activities you do
For each zone there is a range of activities that may or may not be undertaken (for example, no fishing in the Marine National Park (green) Zone). Use the zoning maps to check that your activities match the zoning for that area.Some specific recreational activities may have special rules:
In addition to the management arrangements for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, other rules may also apply to the operation of your super-yacht in Queensland waters.
If you use helicopters or semi-submersibles, please contact the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
If you're heading out on the water, don't forget your free Zoning Map so you know where you can go and what you can do.
We're delighted to celebrate the 40 years of the managing the Great Barrier Reef.
Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing animals, plants, and habitats.
Everyone has a role to play in protecting our Great Barrier Reef. Find out what you can do to help protect this great Australian icon.
If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625)
A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.