Great Barrier Reef – Australia

he Great Barrier Reef is a long way from home, but oh is it worth the trip! Located off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, it is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. Though the Great Barrier Reef’s coral population is diminishing, it’s still one of the most awe-inspiring destinations in the world. The region is home to more than 3,000 individual reefs and coral cays, and colorful fish like angelfish, clownfish, parrotfish and butterfly fish, in addition to various species of sharks.

You could spend weeks exploring this amazing underwater universe, with its colorful coral gardens and its abundant marine life, from tropical fish to turtles, rays and even whales.

There are plenty of snorkeling and scuba-diving excursions to choose from, but that’s just the start. Non-swimmers will love the glass-bottomed boats that give you a window onto the reef, while thrill seekers might want to try helmet diving. Prefer staying above water? Set sail for a day or take a kayaking tour between Mission Beach and Dunk Island. Take to the skies in a heli or fixed wing aircraft for an unforgettable bird’s-eye view of all this unmatched beauty.

To make the most of your stay, book into one of the area’s tranquil ocean-side retreats. From family-friendly apartments in Trinity Beach, north of Cairns, to a back-to-nature experience sleeping under canvas or one of Port Douglas’s fabled five-star resorts, an unforgettable experience awaits.

It’s absolutely spectacular and it’s adventures like these that make dream holidays come true.

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