The Great Barrier Reef - A Must Do When In Cairns

If you ever find yourself in Queensland, Australia, one of the things you should definitely visit is the Great Barrier Reef. Located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, this wonder of nature is the biggest coral reef system in the world, consisting of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, stretching over an area of almost 350,000 kilometers.

Being the worlds’ biggest single structure made by living organisms, the Reef is home to thousands of different types of plants, birds and marine life, and is actually the 7th largest thing that can be seen from space.
You can experience the majestic work of nature and explore the Reef first hand - there are many tours in Cairns that depart to the Great Barrier Reef on a daily basis.
Great Barrier Reef Day Trips:

You can experience the Reef in many different ways – you can travel by water, or, if you’re in a more adventurous mood – take the air balloon tour to see the beautiful landscape from above.
You can see the beautiful coral life from within if you choose to go snorkeling, or, if you don’t want to get wet, simply enjoy it from the comfort of a catamaran or a cruise.
Visiting places like the Green Island – a Coral Cay 27 kilometers offshore of Cairns - and other beautiful reefs across the coast of Queensland, you can see up close an amazing system that was created by nature.
 Great Barrier Reef Cruises:

If one day trip just isn’t enough – perhaps the Great Barrier Reef cruises are what you need. You can spend up to 7 days exploring the Great Barrier Reef in-depth – going to places like Lizard Island, Pelorus Island and Magnetic Island, along with everything the Reef has to offer.
On your way from Cairns to Tonwsville, you will learn about the wildlife from marine biologists, visit all the most picturesque places, go snorkeling and enjoy a wonderful time, getting to admire the full beauty of this natures’ wonder.

Island Day Trips:

The island day trips are a perfect choice for families or people who want to spend less time traveling and more time relaxing.
If you’re nervous about snorkeling, you can practice in shallow waters near one of the many islands that are part of the Great Barrier Reef. This is also perfect for your children, if you want a safe and relaxing trip.
You can spend the day beach combing, relaxing in the shallow waters or simply taking in the sun on the beach.
The Great Barrier Reef is truly one of the natures’ great works, and a must to visit not only as a sight to behold, but as a way to relax and have some fun on one of the havens of the earth.
There is just so much to see that you’ll certainly never get bored – whether on a cruise, snorkeling, or simply laying on the beach – the Great Barrier Reef has something for everybody to enjoy.

Hayley Woodward is a Melbourne based travel writer. Previously a resident of tropical north Queenslands tourist hub, Cairns, where she regularly enjoyed taking part in many of the Cairns day tours.


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