Forty years ago Air Whitsunday pilot John Ramsden took off on one of his daily scenic flights over the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef when he made a new discovery – a natural coral formation in the shape of a heart. Nestled in Hardy Reef lagoon, Heart Reef has become world-famous and is a true icon of the Whitsundays, the 74 islands that lay right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The name Heart Reef was first used in an advertisement for Valentine’s Day in 1975. Today, thousands of visitors flock to the Whitsundays each year to get a glimpse of this unique icon.

We say happy birthday and hope that many more travel enthusiasts get to discover this beautiful piece of nature. Read more about the region in one of our travel stories on the Whitsundays.


photo credentials: The Whitsundays Queenland, Hamilton Island