Photographer Adam Rikys calls Heart Island pontoon ‘world’s best boat shed’ in TikTok video

Is this the most beautiful boat shed in the world? Travelers rave about a pontoon moored in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef

  • A boat shed in the Great Barrier Reef has been voted the best in the world
  • The Barn is Heart Island’s private pontoon and helipad at Heart Reef
  • Helicopters land there and passengers board a boat to explore the lagoon
  • Travelers have been amazed at the sight since it was featured in a TikTok video










A boat shed, moored in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef’s most beautiful stretch, has been voted ‘best in the world’.

The Barn is Heart Island’s private pontoon and helipad at Heart Reef, a spectacular composition of coral that has naturally formed into a heart shape on the iconic Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland.

Passengers travel there on a 30-minute helicopter ride from the mainland and disembark to board a boat that will take them to explore the lagoon.

Travelers have marveled at the barn floating in the ocean since it was featured in a video uploaded to TikTok by Sydney photographer Adam Rikys.

The barn is Heart Island's private pontoon and helipad at Heart Reef (pictured), a spectacular composition of coral that has naturally formed into a heart shape on the iconic Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland

A boat shed (left) moored in the middle of the most beautiful stretch of the Great Barrier Reef has been voted ‘best in the world’

Heart Reef, off the Whitsunday Coast in Queensland

Heart Reef, off the Whitsunday Coast in Queensland

The clip, which has racked up 33,000 “likes” since it was posted on July 18, quickly sparked bewilderment.

“Bring me here, oh my god,” one wrote.

Another tagged her friend and said, “Can we please go here?”

And it’s not the first video by Mr Rikys to capture the imagination of starving Australians deprived of overseas holidays since the country closed its international borders at the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020.

Passengers travel to the boathouse on a 30-minute helicopter ride from the mainland and disembark to board a boat that takes them to explore the lagoon

Passengers travel to the boathouse on a 30-minute helicopter ride from the mainland and disembark to board a boat that takes them to explore the lagoon

Travelers have marveled at the barn floating in the ocean since it was featured in a video uploaded to TikTok by Sydney photographer Adam Rikys

Travelers have marveled at the barn floating in the ocean since it was featured in a video uploaded to TikTok by Sydney photographer Adam Rikys

Earlier this month, images of a secluded beach on the northern tip of Western Australia had hundreds of people putting it at the top of their bucket list.

Turquoise Bay has captivated travelers ever since it was featured in a TikTok video by the photographer and blogger who regularly highlights off-the-beaten-path destinations on his social media accounts.

The beach, 1310 kilometers north of Perth, was voted the sixth most beautiful beach in the world in February as part of TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards – and it’s easy to see why.

The glistening waters of the bay offer world-class snorkeling, with coral, fish, turtles and other intriguing marine life clearly visible just yards from the white sand beaches.

Turquoise Bay (pictured) has captivated travelers since it was featured in a TikTok video by Sydney photographer Adam Rikys

Turquoise Bay (pictured) has captivated travelers since it was featured in a TikTok video by Sydney photographer Adam Rikys

The beach served as the backdrop for a recent Ark Swimwear campaign featuring top Australian models, including Natalie Roser (right)

The beach served as the backdrop for a recent Ark Swimwear campaign featuring top Australian models, including Natalie Roser (right)

The beach served as the backdrop for a recent Ark Swimwear campaign featuring top Australian models, including Natalie Roser.

However, the bay is often plagued by strong currents, so anyone wishing to dive into the sea is advised to exercise caution.

The video of Mr Rikys from the beach, which has been viewed 15,200 times since it was posted online on July 17, quickly received much praise.

“Ah, that’s just beautiful,” a woman replied.

A second said, ‘We go here every year and it never gets boring.’

Another called it ‘the best beach I’ve ever been to’.

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