Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef , Queensland

Located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system that attracts thousands of tourists due to its breathtaking beauty and wonder. Considered as the biggest structure made by living organisms, it is built by and composed of coral polyps. This natural structure comprises of nearly 2900 individual reefs, coral cays and numerous exquisite islands. This world heritage site is the home to many valuable and endangered species of marine life that includes nearly thousand types of fish, mass spawn, sea snakes, sea turtles and many more. The coral reef is popular for fishing and tourism and hence always in danger of being impacted by human activity, so a large portion of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Offering numerous golden beaches that are soaked in the sun, Coral reef is a popular tourist destinations with the Whitsunday Islands and Cairns regions being most sought after. You can enjoy numerous activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, helicopter or aircraft tours, boating, whale watching, semi-submersibles and glass-bottom boat viewing, cruise tours and swimming with dolphins that add to the excitement.

Location: Queensland

Climate: Tropical, light summer clothes that are fast drying and set of clothes for changing

How to reach:

Day trips from Queensland, Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas, Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach (Shute Harbour), Mackay, Gladstone

Boat and cruises – Glass bottom boats, ferries are available from Cairns, Airlie Beach, Cook town, Port Douglas, Mission Beach, Townsville & Yeppoon

By Air: Flights are also available from different places like Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton and many other places.

Points of interest

Whitsunday Islands

Location: Queensland, Australia

How to reach:

Air –

Great Barrier Reef Airport, Hamilton Island (HTI)

Whitsunday Coast Airport, Proserpine (PPP)

By Road

The Bruce Highway

By Rail: The Spirit of Queensland.

Taxi and Bus

Taxis and Whitsunday Transit buses

A perfect destination for holidays, Whitsunday is a delightful collection of 74 continental islands of different sizes off the central coast of Queensland. Located approx 1,400 kilometers (900 miles) north from Brisbane, this island offers extensive tracks for walking with picturesque views. A popular tourist destination for yachting, kayaking, sailing or power boating, Whitsunday is a great place to relax, absorb the calmness of nature and pamper your senses. A perfect place for holidays, Whitsunday beckons nature lovers and enthusiastic travelers alike.

Fraser Island

Location: Queensland, Australia.

How to reach:

By Air: From Brisbane - QantasLink flies 3 times during weekdays and 2 times during weekends from Brisbane to Hervey Bay.

From Sydney and Melbourne - Virgin flies daily from Sydney and Melbourne to Hervey Bay.

By Coach or Train: Maryborough and Hervey Bay from Brisbane, Greyhound - Pioneer-McCafferty's, Premier and Suncoast Pacific Coaches

Located along the south-eastern coast of the state of Queensland, this world heritage site is about 250 kilometres (160 mi) north of Brisbane. This largest sand island composed of rainforests, eucalyptus woodlands, mangrove forests, wallum and peat swamps, sand dunes and coastal heaths offers a spectacular holiday destination. One of the most magnificent islands of the world, it is surrounded by raw wilderness and rough terrain, it offers relaxation and luxury both. You can also for adventure cruise or self-driven tours and discover the stunning beauty of the island, yet undiscovered.

Whitehaven Beach

Location: Whitsunday Island QLD, Australia

Timings:

Saturday              Open 24 hours

Sunday                Open 24 hours

Monday               Open 24 hours

Tuesday              Open 24 hours

Wednesday         Open 24 hours

Thursday            Open 24 hours

Friday  Open 24 hours

How to reach: by boat.

Discovered in 1879, this 7 km long white sand beach is located on Haslewood Island across the Chalkie's Beach. Tourists can reach Whitehaven Beach by boat from ports of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour, as well as Hamilton Island. The pure white pristine sand of the beach enthralls the visitors. The lush green tropical rainforests, crystal clear water of the beach offers a unique experience.

Lady Elliot Island

Location: Green zone, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

How to reach: By Air is the easiest way since the island has its own airstrip

This 45 hectare coral island is located in the south of the Great Barrier Reef. It is famous for its crystal clear water and marine activities like scuba diving and snorkelling. You can also go for guided Reef Walk or take a ride in glass bottom boat to experience and view its unique marine life. It has abundance of marine life with turtles, reef sharks, whales and many other unique aquatic animals. Besides it also has 57 species of birds. The 18th century old lighthouse is one of the main attraction at the lady Elliot island. You can also see Shark pool, Severence ship wreck that is in the waters of the island.

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