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Great Barrier Reef Welcomes Underwater Hotel

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A new underwater hotel is coming to the Great Barrier Reef.

The three level pontoon will be moored off Lady Musgrave Island, allowing guests to sleep under the surface of the ocean.  

Up to 24 people will be able to stay at the hotel at one time.  It will set you back $550 a night.  

Tourism Minister Kate Jones visited Bundaberg on Tuesday to deliver the news, saying it is expected to open in time for next year's Easter holidays.

"This brand new pontoon will open up new tourism experiences for those who are not confident snorkelling or diving on the reef," Ms Jones told media.  

"This $2 million pontoon will include the world's first ever hotel on the great barrier reef.

"There will be a capacity for up to 24 people to stay and experience the great barrier reef and sleep with the fishes."

"We know that this will create a splash right around the world as people globally want to come and see our greatest tourism icon, The Great Barrier Reef," Mr Jones said.

"We know that tourism is already worth more than a billion dollars to the southern barrier reef and we want to see this continue to grow because it means more jobs locally."