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Welcome to Bookings Online

Bookings Online has been developed to provide you with a user-friendly, online platform to make and manage your bookings to the Planning Areas, Sensitive Locations and all anchorages.

As a recreational visitor using a superyacht greater than 35 metres there are certain requirements to ensure you operate in a manner that protects the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Reservations of anchorages provide guaranteed access to parts of the Planning Areas for a specified period. Further information on operating superyachts in the Marine Parks is accessible on our website https://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/access-and-use/visit-the-great-barrier-reef/super-yachts2

As a permit holder, or authorised contact, you contribute directly to the protection of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park by ensuring that you operate according to your Marine Parks permit.

Your Marine Parks permit will state whether you need to book to:
  • Access the Cairns, Hinchinbrook or Whitsunday Planning Areas. Most tourism operators can book to the Cairns and Hinchinbrook Planning Areas for up to 50 days in any 365-day period or to the Whitsunday Planning Area for up to 50 days in a calendar year (1 January - 31 December).
  • Access a Sensitive Location within the Cairns or Hinchinbrook Planning Areas. The number of bookings that can be made for a specific location on any one day varies by location.
  • Access a designated anchorage. Generally, only one cruise ship or large vessel is allowed at an anchorage at a time.

A booking provides tourism and cruise ship operations guaranteed access to Planning Areas and Sensitive Locations within Planning Areas and designated anchorages for a specific period of time.

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