Great Barrier Reef Travel Guide

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Plan Your Great Barrier Reef Vacation

A maze of 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for 2,600 km (1,616 miles), the Great Barrier Reef is among the world's most spectacular natural attractions. Known as Australia's "Blue Outback," the reef is a haven for thousands of species of marine creatures as well as turtles and birds. Most visitors explore this section of Australia from one of the dozen-plus resorts strung along the coasts of islands in the southern half of the marine park, most of them in or north of the Whitsunday Islands group. Although most Barrier Reef islands are closer to the mainland than they are to the spectacular outer reef, all island resorts offer (or can organize) boat excursions to various outer-reef sites.

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Great Barrier Reef Hotels

Most inhabited islands have just one main resort, typically offering a range of lodging types and prices. Choose island... read more

Restaurants

Great Barrier Reef Restaurants

Typically, restaurants on Barrier Reef islands are part of each island's main resort, so many resorts' rates include some or... read more

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Great Barrier Reef Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Reef Explorations: There are thousands of spectacular dive sites scattered along the coral spine of the Great Barrier Reef. Some... Read more

  • Sailing the Whitsunday Islands

    The Whitsundays, 74 islands and dozens of islets scattered along Queensland's central coast off Airlie Beach, are favorite destinations... Read more

  • Outdoor Adventures in Daintree

    Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park is an ecological wonderland. Here you can see several of the world's most ancient plants and... Read more

  • Migaloo the Albino Whale

    Migaloo, the world's only documented white humpback whale, was first spotted in 1991 as he made his way up the Queensland coastline. A... Read more

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