The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most spectacular natural wonders on the earth and is blessed with breathtaking beauty, abundant marine life and plenty of vibrant reefs and coral cays. It is the world’s largest coral reef system and has featured as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Here, we list down some of the highlights of a trip to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Experience spectacular water activities
Holidaymakers can enjoy all sorts of activities in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Experience amazing snorkelling and scuba diving adventures and view the vivid underwater life along the reef. Travellers can also opt for aircraft or helicopter tours and cruise ship tours to enjoy the attractions of the area. One can also enjoy self-sailing on bare boats, whale watching and swimming alongside the dolphins.
Enjoy island hopping
The Great Barrier Reef runs across a long stretch of land, encompassing towns, cities and more than 100 islands. This makes island hopping an exciting and thrilling experience here. Explore the uniqueness of the Haggerstone Island or the exotic beauty of Brampton Island. Hop from the luxury retreat of Bedarra Island to the isolated haven of Lizard Island to the mountainous Hayman Island. These islands offer options for all travellers, including luxury seekers and budget travellers.
Sail to the Michaelmas Cay
Enjoy the fun of sailing to the stunning Michaelmas Cay. The cay offers splendid opportunity for a quite, cool swim or a thrilling diving and snorkelling experience for those who want to see the reef teeming with turtles and vibrant fish. The Michaelmas Cay is also a bird watcher’s paradise since it is inhabited by over 23 species of seabird, making it an important bird sanctuary on the Great Barrier Reef.
Enjoy the adventures of the rainforest
The region along the coastline of the Great Barrier Reef has some fantastic national parks from Cape York to the Whitsunday Islands. Apart from thrilling water sports, travellers can enjoy some engaging activities on the land as well. Collect unique experiences of trekking and camping within the lush surroundings of these national parks. Enjoy bushwalking via gorges and rainforests in the Eungella National Park or enjoy great views while trekking in the Whitsunday National Park.
Enjoy spotting koalas on the Magnetic Island, dive and swim along the Stingrays on the beaches of the Daydream Island. Hand-feed the playful baby stingrays, learn to handle starfish and sea cucumbers at the Daydream Island, and watch amazing turtle hatchings between November and March at the Heron Island. The entire region along the Great Barrier Reef is full of amazing wildlife, both marine and land animals.