Easily one of the major drawcards to visitors to Australia's tropical north Queensland each year, the Great Barrier Reef is defined as a natural marvel that continues to be a boon to the tourism industry as it provides such an enormous range of activities, sights and things at its disposal.
As the world's most spectacular and largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef houses over 400 types of coral and is home to over 6,600 species of aquatic life, which, along with the hundreds of islands populating the area, making the opportunities for exploration and sightseeing in the region nearly virtually endless.
With so many interesting things to do in the Great Barrier Reef the array of choices can sometimes overwhelm the tourist, we've curated a list of recommended cruises, tours, activities and more to help you get the most out of planning your Great Barrier Reef journey.
Regardless of whether you pick to split the day between the rainforest and the reef or spend your time discovering this wondrous green ecological playground, the Daintree will undoubtedly leave an impression on you that will last a long time.
Brimming with incredible wildlife and lush surroundings, make this area of far north QLD one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Pristine rainforest, breathtaking scenery and crystal-clear rivers are just a few of the reasons to take a whitewater rafting trip on the gorgeous Russell and Barron Rivers, situated just a short distance inland from the Great Barrier Reef.
As some of the most famous rafting destinations in the world, these two incredible waterways offer matchless chances for an exciting, affordable, and exhilarating excursion.
A snorkelling trip will enable you to escape into this new underwater world full of surprises, and a cruise that will take you to the splendid Outer Reef to a spacious activity platform permanently secured at a wonderful site will serve as the ideal springboard for guests of all ages – swimmers and non-swimmers alike – to enjoy an excursion of discovery.
You can snorkel straight from the platform and instantly find yourself among spectacular coral gardens and bright marine life – or you can take part in the reef presentations, Eco talks, board an air-conditioned semi-submersible for views without getting wet, and enjoy morning and afternoon beverages along with a delicious gourmet meal.
Flying from Port Douglas aboard a helicopter or small plane and heading out over the reef is one of the finest ways to gaze down through the surface of its transparent, pristine, waters to witness the coral and other marine life from straight above.
Helicopter rides will enable you sights of the vantage point of the Reef rarely seen by most tourists, as hovering at low altitudes enables you to witness the wonders that leave beneath from close up.