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Aquis Resort at the Great Barrier Reef Project

Project overview*

EIS status EIS active
Description Redevelopment of 343 ha of rural land into a large-scale integrated tourism resort.
Proponent Aquis Resort at the Great Barrier Reef Pty Ltd
Location/s 13 kilometres north of Cairns and 3 kilometres south of Yorkeys Knob. Map
Local government/s Cairns Regional Council
Investment $4.2 billion
Key features
  • 9 luxury hotels with a total of 3750 rooms
  • 1200 apartments and 135 villas
  • 13,500 m2 of high-end retail shopping
  • international-class casino
  • one of the world's largest aquariums
  • 2 x 2,500-seat theatres
  • 13 ha reef lagoon
  • 65 ha lake surrounding the built form
  • 18-hole golf course
  • 25,000-seat sports stadium
  • 45,000 m2 convention and exhibition centre
  • 1800 staff-accommodation units
  • cultural heritage centre
    (project does not include a residential component)
Expected completion 2018
  • 9300 (construction)
  • 10,000 (operational)

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

Date Activity
Currently EIS being prepared by proponent.
2 October 2013 Terms of reference (PDF icon 229 KB) released.
12 August 2013 to
9 September 2013
Draft terms of reference for EIS public consultation.
1 August 2013 Gazettal of 'coordinated project' declaration.
26 July 2013 Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 2.6 MB), submitted.

Read more about the EIS process.

Further information

For more information, visit the Aquis Resort at the Great Barrier Reef website.

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Last updated on Friday, 04 October 2013