Visit Great Barrier Reef
Visit the Great Barrier Reef
Visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, it joins Sydney and Uluru in the triple whammy of must-see sights in Australia. So grab your snorkel, dive under the water, explore it in a semi sub or even soar above it on a seaplane. To visit we recommend starting in Cairns or Port Douglas and spending anything from a day to a week there.
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Topping many a bucket list, the Great Barrier Reef is a world famous attraction, its 2,300km length dotted with islands, reefs, colourful corals and myriad fish. Most come to this region of tropical north Queensland to dive and snorkel among underwater wonders, but boat trips, scenic flights, island hopping trips and pure relaxation are all equally enjoyable. Whatever your Australia plans, we highly recommend setting aside a few days to explore the warm water and fine sand beaches of this World Heritage site.
Did you know?
At 2,300km long and with an area of 344,400 square kilometres, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest single structure made by living organisms on planet earth.
The Great Barrier Reef is home to a huge range of wildlife, including six species of turtle, 5,000 types of mollusc, 215 species of bird and more than 1,500 species of fish.
The reef is made up of over 900 islands, including the popular Whitsunday Islands, and Lady Elliot Island, the southernmost of the lot.
The Great Barrier Reef is thought to be home to around 10,000 dugongs, who feast on the seagrass that grows on the seafloor.
How to get around
Unless you’re content with just observing the Great Barrier Reef from the air, by far the best way to explore the islands and corals is by boat. Voyages set sail from Cairns, considered the gateway to the reef, as well as Airlie Beach, Port Douglas, Mission Beach and Yeppoon, and can be anything from quick day visits to multiday cruises and liveaboard diving trips. Riding the waves is all part of the fun, so whether you’re on a sail boat, speedboat or cruise ship, think of it less as a mode of transport and more as an additional activity.