The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, AustraliaStretching out for more than 2500 kilometres in Queensland’s Coral Sea, the Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s most spectacular natural features and considered by many to be one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

It is also a World Heritage listed site.

If you are visiting the Whitsundays, and it’s at all possible you owe it to yourself to make the trip out to the Great Barrier Reef and experience it’s breath-taking beauty for yourself.

Most of the island resorts will be able to arrange a trip for you, but you will find the greatest selection of tours – and very competitive deals – on the mainland in Airlie Beach.

Operators like Cruise Whitsundays offer day trips out to the Great Barrier Reef on a 37 metre air-conditioned Wavepiercer that will get you there comfortably and good time. It is also possible to find two day tours that include overnight accommodation at Reefsleep.

While you are out at the reef you can view the amazing coral formations and colourful underwater life from the comfort of a glass bottom boat, a semi-submersible vessel or from a floating pontoon like the recently refurbished Reefworld located at Hardy Reef.

But for many visitors the most enjoyable way to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef is by snorkeling or scuba diving. What could be better than climbing into a wetsuit, entering the crystal clear water and witnessing the diverse marine life up close?

Another option is to book a scenic helicopter that will take you over the Whitsunday Islands and all the way out to the reef for some absolutely stunning birds-eye views.

Whatever way you decide to visit the reef, it is sure to become one of the highlights of your whole trip and one that you remember for many years to come – have fun!