One of the worlds most sought after destinations – the Great Barrier Reef – is Australia’s most remarkable natural wonder. It is world’s largest coral reef known for its rich and diverse marine life, more than 3000 individual reefs and 900 picturesque tropical islands. Stretching over 1,600 miles (2,600 km) and covering over 133,00 square miles, the reef boasts some of the most beautiful sugary beaches and offers a wide array of activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, helicopter or hot air balloon tours, whale watching and swimming with dolphins to name a few.
Best Time to Visit
With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, the Great Barrier Reef is an all year round destination with the high season lasting from May to November. The tropical rainy season with fewer crowds and better hotel rates arrives in December and lasts till March. Checking the weather before heading to the reef is recommended.
Best Ways to Explore the Reef
Depending on what you would like to experience, you can choose between snorkeling and diving, scenic helicopter flights, hot air balloon rides, boat excursions and reef walking. Either way, you will get the best of both worlds. Snorkeling and diving will take you to the incredible underwater world while scenic helicopter rides will offer amazing views from a birds-eye perspective.
Great Barrier Reef Islands
Great Barrier Reef’s islands are ideal destinations for a romantic getaway, an adventurous Robinson Crusoe experience, a relaxing break, an unforgettable family vacation or a honeymoon. With so many islands to choose from, you are sure to find one that suits your needs.