The Cairns region of the Great Barrier Reef is set to welcome its first new pontoon and will be based at the horseshoe-shaped Moore Reef.
New Pontoon on Dreamtime Island, the Great Barrier Reef
The Cairns region of the Great Barrier Reef is set to welcome its first new pontoon in more than a decade. Australian adventure and leisure tourism company, Experience Co., received a $3 million grant from the Queensland Government for the project. With the working title Dreamtime Island, the platform will be based at the horseshoe-shaped Moore Reef, 45km offshore, and will have a floor to ceiling underwater observatory and a purpose-built laboratory. The two-storey structure will be able to fit up to 700 people a day, split into two departures with a maximum of up to 350 passengers on the pontoon at any one time. Powered by wind and solar power where possible, the new pontoon will be an extension of Experience Co.’s Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel tour, a one-day, all-inclusive experience led by Indigenous rangers who provide a local interpretation of the Reef. Onboard accommodation will be available for marine scientists to use the facility for major reef events such as coral spawning and other research projects. It is due to launch in early 2022.