The Great Barrier Reef is off the coast of Australia in the Coral Sea and is the world’s largest coral reef structure. It is amongst 900 islands and spams an area over 1400 miles. It is so large that it can be seen from outer space and is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. It is a great destination for tourists and because of its popularity you often find cancellation holidays which can include package trips to and near the Great Barrier Reef.
How to Get There?
There are a lot of boat tours and cruises offered from towns all across the coastal areas. They vary from single day trips to longer tours where you can stay on a superyacht for a couple of nights! The main place people go from is Cairns, this is because of its location and the amount of things there is to do in Cairns as well once you’ve seen the Great Barrier Reef.
When is the Best Time to Visit?
The best time to visit is in April or May, there are a couple of reasons for this. It is between peak and low season so it is much quieter, but the temperature is still high, between 25°C-30°C. There is very little rainfall and the waters are very clear for the best view possible!
What is there to do there?
As we said before, there are daily boat tours which can give you a great view of the area (and there is a lot to see!). We advise not going for the cheapest as you’ll be travelling in a dinghy. The more expensive ones you get really nice boats with lunch/dinner included in the price and have a much more relaxing experience. If you’re more of an adventurer then there are also scuba diving tours available. These will be on the expensive side, but you get to see the Great Barrier Reef in the best possible way!