Exploring The Great Barrier Reef

Want to do something truly special and mind-blowing? What you need is a trip to the Great Barrier Reef on the coast of Queensland, Australia, in the Coral Sea. Once you start exploring this magnificent World Heritage area, you’ll see the distinction between ‘special’ and ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences.

 

What Is The Great Barrier Reef?

 

The Great Barrier Reef is actually a compilation of over 2,900 individual reefs, stretching over 2000 kilometers on the Queensland Coast. About 900 islands are strewn around the reef area, of which 100 are inhabited. Some of these islands make great destinations for travel, such as the Green Island, Great Keppel Island, Bedarra Island and Haggerstone Island. The Great Barrier Reef is so huge, that it can be identified as the single-most largest reef body from the very moon, and that’s saying something!

 

Explore The White Sand Beaches

 

On the Reef, you’ll find many international-class, untouched white beaches. These beaches are unspoilt mostly because the entire area is eco-protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. While this caps tourism, you can still visit a few of these beaches, such as the Whitehaven Beach Whitsunday Islands, QLD

 

Enjoy Various Activities On The Reef

  • Snorkeling, Diving and Other Water Sports: The Great Barrier Reef has many award-winning dive sites, just begging to be explored by snorkel enthusiasts. Coral cay Heron Island has plenty of harmless sharks, manta rays, turtles, and plenty of colorful reef inhabitants. Explore the continental shelf at the Agincourt Reef and check out the shipwrecks of Llewellyn from Mackay and SS Yongala at Magnetic Island. Do watch crabs corals, mollusks and sea stars at Capricorn, Bunker and Fitzroy Reefs near Gladstone. Make it a point to visit Dunk Island, which is a great destination for kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing and golf.
  • Take Nature Walks: Heron Island is also a turtle nesting area, so it makes for great nature walks. Go on a guided reef walk at low tide to explore beach ecology. Watch exotic Reef birds on birdlife walks; it’s easy to spot birds, as buildings don’t go higher than the tree line. On Lady Musgrave Island, you can set up your turtle watch between November and March, when the green turtles hatch their eggs. You can also watch migrating humpback whales.
  • Explore Marine Life: Take a Reef cruise in a glass-bottomed boat and check out technicolor coral and marine life underneath. You can do this from a number of locations, such as Port Douglas, Cairns, Bundaberg, Townsville, Rockhampton, Mackay and so on. Better still; sign up with a dive school to explore underwater tunnels and caves. The extent of marine life in the Great Barrier Reef is unbelievable – this region is home to 500 species of tropical fish alone. That apart, there are hundreds of various kinds of sea urchins, starfish, mollusks, crustaceans, sponges, whales, dolphins, manatees  and much more.

 

Visit The Most Beautiful Spots

  • Low Isles: This is a secluded little gem which was discovered by Captain Cook in 1770. It is idyllic, unspoilt and built of beautiful coral, a tropical paradise with clear lagoon waters, wide beaches and great marine life.
  • Whitsunday Islands: Be sure to visit the picturesque Whitehaven Beach, Cid Harbor and Butterfly Bay at Whitsunday Islands. If possible, take a helicopter flight over Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef and the spectacular Heart Reef which is best seen from air. Be sure to check out the Black, Langford and Bird Island reefs on the way.
  • Daintree Rainforest: Take a cruise down the Daintree River, spotting nocturnal wildlife on the way. Visit Mossman Gorge at Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation’s Bloomfield Falls, where the rainforest literally plunges into the reef.
  • National Parks: Camp and bushwalk in the many national parks that stretch from Cape York to the Whitsunday Islands. Be sure to explore the misty Mackay Mountain gorges and rainforests at the Eungella National Park. Here you’ll find tall red gum trees and swamp mahoganies, thriving with rich wild and birdlife. Check out the great views at Tongue Bay on Whitsunday National Park and the ancient Ngaro rock art at Nara Inlet, Hook Island.

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