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About Bookings Online

To get started
You will need to be recognised as an authorised contact and obtain a password to log in with. If you need help with this process, contact details are listed below.

When making a booking for tourism operators:

  • Use the calendar to see if the planning area, sensitive location or designated or superyacht anchorage is available for the period you are interested in.
  • Bookings Online will display all the Marine Parks permits for which you may want to make a booking in a drop down menu. If you have multiple permits choose the relevant permit.
  • Bookings Online will display all operations or vehicles (vessels, aircraft or ships) under that permit in a drop down menu. If you have multiple options, you will need to choose the relevant option.
  • Bookings Online will display all the options for planning areas, sensitive locations and designated or superyacht anchorages in drop down menus for you to select. Links to maps for these areas are listed below.
  • Choose the date, and for designated or superyacht anchorages, the time slot you wish to book the anchorage. Click check booking for availability and then save to make the booking.
   Bookings Online will automatically:
  • Advise you of the number of booking days you have remaining to a planning area for the last 365 days if booking to the Cairns and Hinchinbrook Planning Areas or 1 January - 31 December (calendar year) if booking to the Whitsunday Planning Area.
  • Indicate if the sensitive location is available for booking on that day.
  • Indicate if the designated or superyacht anchorage is available at that time.
  • Send you a confirmation email after making your booking.
  • Provide you with access to personalised reports which can help you manage your bookings.

When making an anchorage booking for recreational superyachts:

  • Please email: bookings@gbrmpa.gov.au to obtain log in and password details.
  • In the email you will need to provide your name, contact details as well as the vessel name and length.
  • If you are travelling from international waters, you will need to provide your Control Permit from Australian Border Force.
  • Bookings Online will display all the options for designated or superyacht anchorages in drop down menus for you to select. Links to maps for these areas are listed below.
  • Choose the date, and for designated or superyacht anchorage, the time slot you wish to reserve the anchorage for. Click check booking for availability and then save to make the reservation.
   Bookings Online will automatically:
  • Indicate if the anchorage is available at that time.
  • Send you a confirmation email after making your reservation.

Further information and maps:

If you need help

Check the Bookings Online User Manual – the answer may be there, or alternatively send your booking queries to bookings@gbrmpa.gov.au or phone (07) 4750 0700 (during business hours).