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Gold Coast’s Wonder Reef a world-first

Anchored approximately 2.5 kilometres offshore from Philip Park, The Spit on Queensland’s Gold Coast is the world-first artistically designed buoyant reef, Wonder Reef.

Opened this year, Wonder Reef is already attracting divers to experience this unique underwater attraction. Designed by Australian artist Daniel Templeton, this installation explores the themes of movement, repetition and time to create a living art reef that captures the imagination and attention of divers, art-lovers, architects, eco-tourists, engineers and scientists throughout the world.

Photo Credit: Wonder Reef Gold Coast

The newest addition to the Gold Coast Dive Trail, the nine underwater sculptures, towering almost 22 metres above the sea floor, move like giant kelp. Each structure is anchored to the seafloor and the varying depths of the reef make it ideal for a range of diver levels. Divers can witness the ever-changing ecosystem, the deeper you dive this vertical drop dive.  Explore swim-throughs with Indian scad bait fish, giant gold-spotted rock cods, Queensland groupers, and sequined mulloway and admire the flourishing coral as it evolves over time.

Templeton describes the nine large-scale vertical underwater sculptures as “beacons of optimism and invention”, which is reflective of the Gold Coast’s bold and creative persona.

How to book Wonder Reef

Photo Credit: Wonder Reef Gold Coast

Gold Coast Dive Adventures is currently operating tours to dive Wonder Reef. Priced from $165AUD for a double dive, this experience is one not to be missed on the Gold Coast.

Visit their website to find out more, at

Kate Webster

Kate Webster is the founder and owner of Captured Travel Media. She is a world traveller, ocean lover and conservation warrior who is determined to make every moment count for not only herself, but the world around her. An editor and travel journalist, Kate travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the people and places she visits. She is a passionate conservation advocate, sustainable traveller and always travels with reason and cause.