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Great Barrier Reef

Visit the Great Barrier Reef

Introduction

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef and richest source of marine life as well as the only living thing visible from space. The islands and reefs of this breathtaking natural wonder lie within easy distance of the Queensland Coast and never cease to amaze visitors with their vibrant colours and abundance of marine life. Snorkellers and scuba divers will revel in the warm turquoise waters – home to hundreds of species of colourful coral and fish, rare sea turtles and manta rays, as well as reef sharks and dolphins.

With 900 islands, many of which are completely uninhabited, it's not difficult to find a slice of paradise. Relax on your very own private atoll, fringed with palm trees and multi-coloured coral gardens as you're served freshly caught seafood on the beach. Alternatively, take to the waters on a boat cruise to watch the sun set over the azure sea and its white sandy beaches. Whatever you do, be sure not to miss out on the abundance of marine-life be it through a glass-bottomed boat or up close at a secluded dive spot.

 

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Top itineraries in Great Barrier Reef

Hamilton Island, Australia

Sydney, the Whitsundays and Brisbane

16-day tailor-made journey from £2,275 pp incl. flights

Between the sights of Sydney and Brisbane, hop out to the Whitsundays to enjoy some island relaxation alongside hikes, cruises, kayak paddles and snorkelling trips.

Uluru / Ayers Rock, Northern Territory, Australia

Sydney, Uluru & the Great Barrier Reef

15-day tailor-made journey from £2,675 pp incl. flights

Discover the city sophistication of Sydney, the monolithic beauty and Aboriginal culture of Uluru and the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

Top places to stay in Great Barrier Reef

Hayman Island by InterContinental

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, Whitsundays

Contemporary resort

Enjoy five-star island luxury within touching distance of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. It's all paired with the best in gourmet dining, relaxing spa treatments and a full spread of immersive adventures.

Orpheus island resort pool

Orpheus Island Resort, Northern Great Barrier Reef

Accommodation

This secluded island resort accommodates just 28 guests in a collection of luxury rooms and suites and offers excellent opportunities to explore some of the most famous waters in the world.

Eco-cabins

Lady Elliot Island, Southern Great Barrier Reef

Accommodation

The unpretentious 41-room resort on tiny Lady Elliot Island provides one of the Great Barrier Reef’s most genuine eco-tourism experiences, where the spectacular nature of the place takes centre stage.

Jetty

Haggerstone Island, Northern Great Barrier Reef

Accommodation

Enjoy your very own Robinson Crusoe experience at this island resort in the upper reaches of the Great Barrier Reef.

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    The Best Beaches in the Whitsundays

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