Visit the Great Barrier Reef
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.
Top itineraries in Great Barrier Reef
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.
Discover a treasure trove of ancient rainforests, golden beaches and wildlife-rich wilderness as you drive the delights of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef.
Journey from Perth in the west to Alice Springs and Uluru in the Red Centre, before ending up at Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef on this superb escorted tour.
Top places to stay in Great Barrier Reef
For five star beach luxury within touching distance to one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, look no further than One&Only on Hayman Island.
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.
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.
Great Barrier Reef articles
It's well-known that Australia is blessed with sands, sun and surf but, with so much to choose from, it's easy to get lost. With this in mind, this is our definitive guide to Australia's best beach resorts, from the Great Barrier Reef to Kangaroo Island.
From the Gold Coast to the Tropical North, Queensland has over 7400km of coastline inhabited by hundreds of species of marine wildlife.
The 74 islands at the centre of the Great Barrier Reef are fast becoming the choice destination for travellers, with a host of fine resorts, facilities and an abundance of natural beauty. We reveal the best beaches on the Whitsundays to help you plan which one to visit.
The Great Barrier Reef takes one of 2016’s top travel spots as David Attenborough’s new BBC documentary gives it renewed publicity – here are our favourite islands on which to make base and enjoy the fabulous region.
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