Visit Great Barrier Reef

people snorkelling above a turtle in Nigaloo Reef at the Great Barrier Reef
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.

For more advice or to start planning your Great Barrier Reef holiday today, talk to one of our Australia Experts on 0800 707 6010.

World class diving

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?

Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef

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. 

Clown fish

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.

Whitsunday Islands from above

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

Sunset on the Whitsunday Islands

Set sail

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. 

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Experience the Great Barrier Reef with the Experts

At Round the World Experts we have a dedicated team of Australia Experts who will not only help you make the most of your time in the Great Barrier Reef, but tailor-make an itinerary including tropical north Queensland, based on your interests and requirements. For more Great Barrier Reef holiday ideas, talk to our team today.

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