How To Visit the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most extraordinary things to see not just in Australia, but in the world. It is even stunning looking down from the plane when flying overhead. Visiting the Great Barrier Reef is an opportunity that should never be missed.

Many Great Barrier Reef tours and activities are offered, including day trips to the Great Barrier Reef such as the Great Barrier Reef Adventure with Green Island, Ocean Spirit Michaelmas Cay Cruise, and Outer Great Barrier Reef and Daintree, among many others.

If you enjoy cruises - note that the water around the Great Barrier Reef can be choppy, so if you are prone to sea-sickness, prepare yourself - there are a few from which to choose. There is a two-day/one-night cruise from Coral Sea Dreaming, a three-day/two-night Santa Maria cruise, as well as options of three, four, and seven cruises provided by Coral Princess Great Barrier Reef Cruises. Each cruise offers something a little different, from visits to Thetford, Moore, and Briggs; fantastic dive and snorkel locations; and ventures to Lizard Island, Magnetic Island, and Pelorus Island.

Hinterland and Outback tours are also available in the Great Barrier Reef area. Take the historical Cooktown Heritage Tour; the diverse Outback and Atherton Tablelands Tour; the scenic Paronella Park, MaMu Canopy Boardwalk and Tablelands tour; the amazing Reef, Rainforest and Outback Undara Tour, where you will spend half a day on the Lava Tube Tour, which promises to be something you will always remember.

Hot air ballooning tours (luxury and scenic flight), island day trips (to Fitzroy Island, Frankland Island, and Green Island), Daintree Rainforest tours (Bloomfield Falls, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge), reef dive courses and liveaboard diving (one to seven days), scenic flights (thirty to sixty minutes), white water rafting (Barron River, Tully River, and Russell River), and four-wheel-drive safaris of Rock Art, Rainforest, and Cooktown are also available in the Great Barrier Reef region of Australia. There are also a number of other tourist attractions, including Flames of the Forest Dining Experience, which is a dinner set in the rainforest. So much is offered that there is something for everyone.

Places to stay in the Great Barrier Reef region can be found in Cairns, the northern beaches of Cairns, Port Douglas, Daintree and Cape Tribulation, Gulf Savannah and Outback, various islands, and Cape Town and Cape York Peninsula. For more information on places to stay and things to do at the Great Barrier Reef, visit


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