The Great Barrier Reef Attractions, Things to do

One of Australia's most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world's largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches.

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, and pulling away from it, and viewing it from a greater distance, you can understand why. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space.

The Reef can be reached through airways or by waterways. There are regular flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, and Melbourne to Hamilton Islands and Lizard Islands.

The Cairns Australia is the getaway to the Great Barrier Reef. The great barrier reef offers spectacular display of marine wildlife and appealing natural colors that makes it's one of the unique and popular tourist destinations in the world. A rich variety of landscapes and seascapes, including rugged mountains with dense and diverse vegetation and adjacent fringing reefs, provide spectacular scenery.

The city of Cairns is few minutes away from barrier reef and it's an ideal location for short trips to the reef. Some of the world's best, unusual diving and snorkeling expeditions are minutes drive from the city of Cairns. Numerous reef tour companies are waiting to offer diving and snorkeling choices for the discerning traveller. The Cairns Great Barrier Reef is an exiting tourist location to be explored by many and it has continued to enthralled visitors of all ages who explore it.

Cairns Great Barrier Reef is one of the most spectacular coral reef systems in the world. Diving, snorkeling, sailing, cruising and island trotting are major attractions on offer.

Any discerning traveller can explore a fascinating underwater world, an exclusive habitat for 6,600 species of flora and fauna, 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 species of mollusks and 400 types of coral. Many people who dive on the Great Barrier Reef have expressed that this was a truly remarkable experience that they never had it before.

The beautiful coral reefs, exotic and colorful fish, crystal clear tropical warm waters and the hot sun will make your visit a glorious and an exciting one. Whether you are interested in paddling on knee deep waters surrounded by small colorful fish or deep diving among giant tropical colorful fish, the Cairns Great Barrier Reef is a great place to visit. Similarly, the experienced divers will be able to see the exclusive range of corals and wildlife, while the tourists new to diving will be taken on a memorable trip that will give them an experience for future exciting dives.

There are many as 30 boat tours depart daily from Cairns and Port Douglas for the Great Barrier Reef and the surrounding islands. Most notable part is many visitors get bewildered on which boat tour to be selected! There are many exciting tours to be chosen.

Cairns Great Barrier Reef tours offer many choices for the traveller looking for excitement or his or her likings and experience. The range of activities on offer varies from snorkeling, to certified scuba diving to live aboard diving including multi lingual and professional lessons.

For those who wish explore Great Barrier Reef's ocean floor while staying dry, can select spacious pontoons, semi submersible or glass bottom vessels, helmet dives, motorized underwater scooters and many more. These have become very popular attractions among tourists looking for excitement without getting themselves wet at the Great Barrier Reef. Above all, these tour opportunities help you to capture great holiday photos.

When you visit Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, never miss visiting any of the 17 tropical islands which are known as the pearls of Great Barrier Reef. You can select either uninhabited, secluded retreats or escaping to a tropical lively island resort with many day trippers, beach camps and many other excitements. Visit and explore and it will definitely be a memorable visit in your life time.

On a Diving expedition, you may have many things to see. Apart from seeing many underwater exotic marine life, there are more than 30 ship wrecks nearby great barrier

reef, which have significant historic value. Also, the Great Barrier Reef has a cultural and historic significance as past Aboriginal groups had a strong spiritual connection with the ecosystem. Such evidence can be seen when you visit spectacular galleries of rock paintings in Lizard and Hinchinbrook Islands. You can see many lighthouses constructed by early explorers to Great Barrier Reef. One of the lighthouses that has historical importance is the one at "Lady Elliot Island" built in 1866 and still functioning today.

Many Cairns Great Barrier Reef Trips are available for the visitor. As we know, any visitor is different and his likings and expectations are different to another. Be informed, there are numerous great barrier reef trips are on offer and one may find it exciting to choose which one to suit the experience he or she wanted to have.

Visitors can take a day trip to one of those islands from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, flying by seaplane directly to the Reef itself. There’s plenty of time to snorkel or dive on the reef and visit with marine biologist and expert guides to learn more about The Reef. In one day you can see the reef from above and below!

Some of the exciting Great Barrier Reef Trips or attraction available for the discerning tourist are:

Reef Trips to families with small children or for Non-Swimmers

  • Introductory Diving trips
  • Obtain a Dive Certificate
  • Visiting a Tropical Island and relaxing
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours with snorkeling
  • Private trip on a Luxurious Vessel
  • Explore Great Barrier Reef over Air in a helicopter.
  • Reef Trips with full or half day
  • Various Tour Packages coupled with Reef Trips

Whitsunday Islands
Bordered by the Great Barrier Reef in the calm waters of the Coral Sea, the 74 tropical islands of the Whitsundays lie midway along Australia's Queensland coast.

A visit to the Whitsundays offers something for everyone from a fun-filled, adventure-packed family holiday to a luxurious romantic escape for two. With so much natural beauty on our doorstep you can snorkel or scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef, soak up the sun on Whitehaven Beach or sail around the Whitsunday Islands.

Eco Jet Safari, Airlie Beach
Eco Jet Safari is the latest adventure tour in the Northern Whitsundays. Unique, thrilling, educational, and eco friendly. Drive your own jet ski through the beautiful waterways and secluded beaches with professional crew guiding you. Opportunity to see dugongs, Manta Rays, dolphins, turtles, whales in their natural environment.

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island
Uninhabited Whitsunday Island is home to this beautiful beach, one of the world's most spectacular.

Fraser Island
Fraser Island is one of Australia’s great natural environments and is recognized by the United Nations as part of our World Heritage.

Lake McKenzie
A beautiful, blue lake surrounded by pure white sands

Green Island
The hot spring located here is a prime attraction.

Lady Musgrave Island
If you love water adventure games then it is the best place to fulfill your wish.

Reef Fishing
Cairns is the closest major port to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, arguably the greatest fish attractor on earth. Reef fishing is commonly called "Bottom Bouncing" where anglers use heavy 60-100lb handline techniques to target such prized eating fish as coral trout, red emperor, sweetlip and nannygai. You may also drift a ganged pillie (small baitfish) for spanish mackerel, great light tackle sportfish and excellent on the chew as well.

Day Charters & Extended Charters are available daily from Cairns and Port Douglas.

Snorkelers and Reef, Green Island, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, North Queensland, Australia

The Cairns Great Barrier Reef is truly remarkable tourist destination for all the ages and tour to this wonderland will be a memorable one.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands
You must not 'take' protected fish species in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park unless you have a Marine Parks permit.

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