Imagine living atop a coral garden beside a sand cay in a billowing reef home on the Great Barrier Reef. You feel the pull of the unknown when you peek over the edge of the coral shelf and take in your neighborhood–home to 600 types of soft and hard corals, 100 species of jellyfish, 3,000 varieties of molluscs, 500 species of worms, 1,625 types of fish, 133 varieties of sharks and rays, and more than 30 species of whales and dolphins. And somewhere, beneath you, is the most famous Blue Tang in the world.

In July 2016, Airbnb will welcome one lucky family to experience the magic and wonder of one of the most spectacular places on Earth. You can experience the rich, unrivaled beauty of the Reef, and see firsthand what it’s like to live in a coral garden.




One of Australia’s most influential chefs, Neil Perry, will cook with local North Queensland produce and treat you to a late lunch on the cay. Later, you’ll accompany your host, Pascal, on a dive to take in the awe of the marine life and tour the private coral gardens with a renowned marine biologist. Above all, you’ll witness the complex fragility and human impact on this natural wonder–to help counter this impact, Airbnb will plant wetland plants for every guest visiting the region for the remainder of 2016.

And though you might not find every fish you’re looking for – the neighbourhood is larger than Italy!–you might just discover the power of belonging, and what it means to be at home anywhere in the world.
How can you be the lucky winner to experience this larger-than-life Night At? Just tell us a little about yourself, and why you belong on the Great Barrier Reef.


How to Enter Contest:

Participants who have reached the age of 21 at the time of participation, may enter the Contest from 9 June 2016 at 5 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time until 30 June 2016 at 11:59 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time by following the process below. Submissions must be received through the below process by the close of the Contest to be eligible.



To participate in the Contest and to try to win the prize described below, you have to:
1. Sign in with an Airbnb account
2. Go to the Night at The Great Barrier Reef listing page
3. Click on the “Enter to Win” button and respond to the following:
“Tell us a little about yourself and why you and 3 guests belong on the Great Barrier Reef.”
4.In the form provided, write your story addressing the question above, between 50 characters and 500 characters in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, or between 50 characters and 300 characters in Chinese (Simplified or Traditional), Japanese or Korean (the “ Submission”).





When you submit a submission for this Contest, you agree with the Official Rules below.

Sponsor: The Sponsor of this Contest (“Contest”) is Airbnb Australia Pty Limited (ACN: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)), Level 4, 60 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010, Australia (“Airbnb”).

The Submission must be sent from the email account associated with the participant’s Airbnb account to be verified and reviewed. Each participant can only participate once and you represent that you are 21 years of age or older. Airbnb is not responsible for computer or network problems, problems with servers, problems with email accounts or the failure to receive any Submission for any reason whatsoever. By entering the Contest, participants agree, on their behalf and if applicable any guest that as a winner they are permitted to share the prize with, that they may be contacted by Airbnb in relation to the Contest and agree to take part in any publicity that occurs as a result of the Contest and grant Airbnb and their Partner and their agents the right to use their name and/or image and/or town/country of residence.

Eligibility: The Contest is not open to residents from: Crimea Region of Ukraine, North Korea, Syria, Iran, Sudan, any country subject to embargo by the United States, or the Province of Quebec, or any jurisdiction where the Contest would be prohibited or restricted by law. This means that you are not allowed to participate if you reside in one of these jurisdictions. The Contest is for residents of all other countries of the world and by entering participants agree that the individual winners will be selected from all entries received from these countries. Directors, officers, employees, independent contractors and agents of Partner and Airbnb, or their subsidiaries or affiliates, and the members of their immediate families or households, are not eligible.

Winner Selection. One (1) participant will be selected from the Submissions. The winner will be chosen entirely on merit, based on the following criteria applied by a panel of judges:

– Originality and creativity of the submitted story. Does it surprise and delight us?
– Spirit of the submission. How does your submission answer the question about why you and 3 guests belong on the Great Barrier Reef?

The panel of judges will be comprised of members of the marketing teams of Airbnb and/or authorized personnel or consultants chosen by Airbnb. The judges’ decisions are final and binding. If substantially similar Submissions are submitted by different entrants, judges will select only the best version of that idea, as determined by the judges in their sole discretion.

Prohibited Content: Submissions/content must be the original work of the participant and not have been previously published, or entered in any other competition, and must not violate the rights of any other party, including but not limited to intellectual property rights or rights of privacy, publicity or other moral rights. Submissions must NOT contain: (a) advertising or commercial content for any party other than Airbnb or Partner; (b) content that endorses/promotes illegal or harmful activity; (c) violent, profane, vulgar, obscene, defamatory or otherwise objectionable material; (d) adult material; or (e) defamatory content. The Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any participant who violates these prohibitions or any other provision of these Official Rules, or that the Sponsors deem inappropriate for any reason, in their sole discretion.

License: By submitting a Submission, participants grant each of Airbnb and Partner a perpetual (or for the term of the protection granted by the relevant intellectual property rights), worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to transform, edit, modify, reproduce, distribute, transmit, publish, broadcast, perform, display, or otherwise use the submitted story, in whole or in part, with or without modifications, in any form or medium (including but not limited to: internet, any printed medium distributed via press, billposting, point of sale advertising, flyers, leaflets…), whether now existing or later developed, for entertainment, promotional and/or advertising purposes and/or any other purpose. To the greatest extent permitted by law, participants agree not to invoke any so-called moral rights in relation to their submissions (including without limitation the right to be identified as the creator of the work and the right to object to derogatory treatment of the work). For the avoidance of doubt, the license referred to in this paragraph is a fully paid-up license. By entering, you guarantee that your entry is original as referred to above, and that you have all necessary rights to provide the entry and to grant to Airbnb the rights set out in these Official Rules, as well as the consent of any person identified, depicted or referred to in the entry. You will indemnify and hold Airbnb harmless for any breach of these provisions. Only the winners will receive a prize according to the next paragraph: ‘Prize’.

Prize: Each winner will receive, in recognition of their personal writing talent and as full and comprehensive consideration for the License described above, the following prize for himself/herself and three (3) eligible immediate family members:

  • Return trip to Cairns, Australia for all non-Cairns residents – Economy class for four (4) people.
  • One night’s accommodation at the Airbnb listing on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Airbnb accommodation in Cairns on 12 and 14 July 2016
  • Snorkel tour with a marine biologist
  • Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef for all guests aged 12 and above, and where guests are deemed eligible to dive by the nominated dive instructor.
  • Lunch on a coral sand island
  • Transfers from Cairns to Normanby Island

The prize described here above does not include: Visa fees, airport transfers from the winner’s home to/from their airport or train station, any meals (except for any meals which are expressly included in the prize description), any expenses (except for any expenses or spending money which are expressly included in the prize description).

Participants represent that they are available to travel to (i) Cairns from 12 to 14 July 2016 (both dates inclusive) and (ii) The Great Barrier Reef to be there on 13 and 14 July 2016. Participants must have a valid passport (or EU Identity Card) to travel to Australia during the period of the trip to redeem the prize. The total value of the prize is approximately 30,000 USD (or the equivalent in local currency) including a return trip to Cairns, Australia for all the non-residents of Cairns, Australia. The Sponsors are allowed to ask for a written confirmation or proof of the place of residence and age of the winner(s) and any guest(s) they are permitted to share the prize with before awarding the prize. No substitution or transfer of the prize is permitted. The prize may not be redeemed for cash. If due to circumstances beyond Airbnb’s or Partner’s control, Airbnb or Partner are unable to provide the stated prize, Airbnb and Partner reserve the right to award, as substitute, a prize of equal or higher value.

Notification/Announcement of Winner: The winner(s) will be selected on 4 July 2016 and will be notified by phone and email via the Airbnb message centre within 24 hours. Each winner must confirm their acceptance of the Prize in writing within 24 hours of such notification. The Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any winner who does not confirm acceptance of the Prize in accordance with these Official Rules, and reserves the right to select an alternative winner in such event. In the event of a dispute about the identity of a winner, the Sponsors will award the prize to the authorized account holder of the Airbnb account from which the winning entry was sent. The Sponsors may publicly announce the name of the winner within 30 days of the close of the Contest, including through social media channels such as (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) (@airbnb) and (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN)

Prize Conditions: Save as may be required by any applicable mandatory laws, the prize is provided as-is with no express or implied warranty or guarantee. This Contest is subject to applicable local laws and regulations, including but not limited to tax laws. The winner is solely responsible for any taxes applicable to or resulting from the award of the prize, and the Sponsors will have no obligation for any taxes that may be payable. Sponsors may require the winner, and where applicable, the winner’s guest, to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and a publicity release permitting the Sponsors to use the winner’s name, image and winning Submission in promotional materials where permitted by law and subject to applicable rules. Refusal or inability to sign and return such forms within 72 hours of receipt may result in disqualification and awarding of prize to an alternate winner. The winner and guest represent they will behave as good citizens during their stay at The Great Barrier Reef and that they will cooperate with the security personnel that will be present at The Great Barrier Reef during the stay.

General Liability Release: By entering this Contest, participants release the Sponsors and their agents from any liability whatsoever, on any theory, and waive all claims and causes of action arising from or related to this Contest and/or fulfillment and/or use of the Prize, to the extent permitted by applicable law. However, nothing in these Official Rules limits or excludes any person’s or entity’s liability for death or personal injury caused by their negligence or any other liability which may not as a matter of law be limited.

Data: By entering the Contest and submitting a Submission and any other personal information, participants are expressly consenting to the processing of their personal information by the Sponsors for the purpose of the Contest or any associated publicity by Airbnb or Partner. Airbnb’s privacy policy will apply. Airbnb may share the Submissions with Partner and third party prize providers for Contest administration and prize fulfillment purposes.

Interpretation and Disputes: Participants agree: (a) to be bound by these Official Rules and all decisions of the judges, which are final and binding; (b) that any disputes shall be governed by the laws applicable in the state of New South Wales (or by mandatory local laws, if applicable), and shall be resolved only in the courts located in New South Wales (or in mandatory local jurisdiction, if applicable), without resort to any form of class action or other form of collective action, to the extent permitted by applicable law; and (c) that they consent and waive any objection to the jurisdiction of said courts for any such disputes.

Miscellaneous: The Contest is void where prohibited. If any provision or part-provision of these Official Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, it shall be deemed modified to the minimum extent necessary to make it valid, legal and enforceable. If such modification is not possible, the relevant provision or part-provision shall be deemed deleted. Any modification to or deletion of a provision or part-provision under this clause shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the rest of these Official Rules. To the extent permitted by applicable law, the Sponsors may suspend, modify or terminate the Contest if they believe, in their sole discretion, that malfunction, error, disruption or damage is impairing or will impair the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, in which case the prizes will be awarded among the eligible entries received that were unaffected by the problem, if possible. With reference to the Italian participants please note that this Contest does not constitute a “Manifestazione a Premio” under the provisions of D.P.R. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) because winners are selected and prizes are assigned to them on the basis of their personal writing talent and consequently the exception described under Article 6, par. 1, letter a) of the above mentioned decree shall apply. With reference to the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean participants, please note that the local language version of these Official Rules is for reference only, and the English version shall prevail.


House Rules

• No clownfish jokes.
• Protect the anemones.
• Speak like a whale.
• Try to find the giant clam.
• Spot all 13 resident sea turtles.
• If you fall out of bed, don’t forget your mask.
• Don’t bark at the seals.

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