The Great Barrier Reef & the Whitsundays - Iconic, stunning and serene
The Great Barrier Reef is synonymous with Australia and serves as a reminder of the sheer size of this expansive country.
Discover two of the most extraordinary parts of Australia
It’s one of the most recognisable symbols of Australia – but go there and you’ll find that the Great Barrier Reef is far more than a vacation cliché. Made up of thousands of individual reef systems and hundreds of fine tropical islands there is nowhere else like this on Earth.
The reef itself is truly gigantic – longer than the Great Wall of China, and larger than the UK and Ireland combined. There are more than a thousand species of fish, a plethora of sharks and rays, and breath-taking multi-colored coral.
With over 1,600 miles to explore, diving is unsurprisingly popular here. You can take day trips from the mainland in small dinghies or spend some time on a live-aboard yacht, which gives you the opportunity to see much more.
If diving isn’t for you, all is not lost. There are plenty of glass-bottom boat tours and shallow waters perfect for snorkeling. Scout for the elusive endangered marine turtles or enjoy a few days at a lavish resort on Lizard Island, you can’t go wrong.
Top reasons to visit the Great Barrier Reef:
- This is one of Australia’s most breath-taking and renowned natural attractions – it’s a must-see on any Australia vacation
- Diving and snorkeling opportunities are spectacular here
- Take a boat trip along the reef to explore the colorful marine life and vibrant coral