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Great Barrier Reef

ABOVE THE WATER

You can visit the Great Barrier Reef on a day boat from Cairns or Port Douglas, but to experience the very best it has to offer, you really need to get off the beaten track. The best way to do this is visit Heron or Lady Elliot Island Resorts, or take a liveaboard vessel from Cairns going up to the Ribbon Reefs and out to the Coral Sea. There are plenty of activities of activities both on and around the reef for visitors including diving, snorkelling, helicopter tours, glass-bottom boat viewing, educational trips, whale watching, hot air ballooning and swimming with dolphins!

BELOW THE WATER

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most famous reef systems, running all the way from Gladstone right up to the tip of Queensland and covering a total of 2,300 kilometres. It is visible from space, and is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The reef system contains an astounding amount of different species from tiny macro life right through to minke whales. The reef itself is composed of hundreds of species of coral, and is home to thousands of colourful fish, turtles, sharks, eels, rays and all manner of other animals.

Accommodation Near The Great Barrier Reef

Heron-Island-Resort

Heron Island Resort

  •  Type: Resort
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: Yes
  • Resort Highlight: Turtle Hatching
  • Diving Highlight: The World-Famous Great Barrier Reef
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Lady-Elliot-Island-Resort

Lady Elliot Island Resort

  • Type: Resort
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: Yes
  • Resort Highlight: Environmentally friendly
  • Diving Highlight: Mantas!
  • Full Details Coming Soon…
Holiday-Inn-Cairns-Harbourside

Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside

  • Type: Hotel
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Resort Highlight: Close To The City
  • Diving Highlight: –
  • Full Details Coming Soon…

Green Island Resort

  • Type: Resort
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Resort Highlight: A unique coral sand cay surrounded by a world heritage marine park
  • Diving Highlight: Sea Turtles, Reef Sharks, a variety of colourful fish
  • Full Details Coming Soon…

Dive Operators Near The Great Barrier Reef

Tusa-Dive

Tusa Dive

  • Type:Dive Shop
  • Snorkelling/ Non Diving Tours Available: Yes
  • Dive Courses Available: Yes
  • Training Pool: No
  • Equipment For Hire: Yes
  • Equipment For Sale: Yes
  • Dive Shop Highlight: Learn To Dive On The Great Barrier Reef
  • Diving Highlight: Endless Dive Sites
  • Full Details Coming Soon…
Deep-Sea-Divers-Den

Deep Sea Divers Den

  • Type: Dive Shop
  • Snorkelling/ Non Diving Tours Available: Yes
  • Dive Courses Available: Yes
  • Training Pool: No
  • Equipment For Hire: Yes
  • Equipment For Sale: Yes
  • Dive Shop Highlight: 40 Years Of Operation
  • Diving Highlight: ‘Shark In The Dark’ Experience
  • Full Details Coming Soon…