The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral formation in the world and a ‘must-do’ for any tourist visiting Australia. All up, the reef stretches over 3000 kilometres along North Queensland’s coastline, beginning from just above Bundaberg right up to the tip of Cape York.

Most tourist hubs along the North Queensland coast will offer day cruises out to the Barrier Reef. The most popular holiday spots to visit the Barrier Reef from include Cairns, Townsville, Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach, all of which are easily reached by domestic flights from Australia’s major cities and offer a wide range of accommodation options.

The Barrier Reef’s impressive size is matched by its fascinating inhabitants including more than 400 different types of coral and 1500 species of tropical fish, as well as dolphins, whales, turtles and even endangered dugongs. As a result, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most popular snorkelling spots.

Snorkelling is a truly great way to see the reef for people of any age. Many Australian children have wonderful memories of colourful fish and fascinating sea creatures, better then any 3D movie they have seen. Floating devices are provided for those who want the extra support. There are a large variety of companies that take you on snorkelling trips and many of the islands of the Great Barrier Reef will offer snorkelling day trips for their guests. Make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen on your back, as even though the water is warm it will be colder than your body and you won’t feel yourself being burnt.

In addition to snorkel cruises, The Great Barrier Reef is also a perfect destination for scuba-diving, sailing and bird watching.

If you have never been scuba-diving then don’t worry, you can have lessons and go in pairs. You will usually be able to practice in a swimming pool or shallow water before going out to the deep water. Just to make sure you feel ok. Scuba-diving gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the wonderful creatures of the sea. However if you are not keen on this, you will see more than enough while snorkelling on the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef.


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