The Great Barrier Reef from Brisbane

Dec 26th, 2010, 02:53 PM
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The Great Barrier Reef from Brisbane

My husband and I will visit Brisbane in late February. We very much want to see the GBR and are considering a trip to Lady Elliot Island for a couple of days.

I was wondering if another possible option would be a sailboat excursion. Does anyone know if any such thing exists which departs from Brisbane? If so, would you recommend this type of excursion over a trip to Lady Elliot Island?

Thanks in advance for your input.
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Dec 26th, 2010, 03:21 PM
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Considering that Brisbane is still a considerable distance south of the reef (~300 miles), I would doubt a sailing to the reef option exists.
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Dec 26th, 2010, 03:27 PM
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Cooltones, to get to Lady Elliot or Heron Island at the base of the reef you would need to fly, to Gladstone in the case of Heron Island then take a ferry. What guidebook are you currently looking at? The Lonely Planet guide to Queensland and in particular the Reef might be helpful for your planning.
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Dec 26th, 2010, 03:28 PM
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Here's the link to that guidebook: http://shop.lonelyplanet.com/austral...travel-guide-5
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Dec 26th, 2010, 04:12 PM
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Thank you both for your helpful replies.

I can see that sailing from Brisbane was probably a foolhardy idea. I think that my husband would really love to do a sailing excursion. So now I am considering flying to Cairns and participating in a 2 day sailboat excursion from there. The flight is fairly reasonable ($207.00) but there are so many sailboat companies to choose from. Is there anyone who has done this and can give me a recommendation?

Thanks so much.
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Dec 26th, 2010, 05:02 PM
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Haven't done it myself but have had lots of good reports on Vagabond - www.vagabond-dive.com It does two day one night trips out of Cairns for diving or snorkelling.
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