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Great Barrier Reef
Travel Planning
Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef at a Glance

The Great Barrier Reef stretches for two thousand kilometers along Australia's eastern coast. A variety of reefs and islands make up this UNESCO recognized site and divers, boaters and explorers have several options for where to base themselves on land. 

The Great Barrier Reef has arguably the best scuba diving in the world and certainly some of the most varied terrain. Sink down to view over 2000 individual reefs, hundreds of different types of fish and the occasional shipwreck that occured when some poor crew ran aground on the reef. For a diverse diving experience, spend the week diving and a few days driving up and down to the coast to different access points. For non-divers, in some places the reefs are exposed at low tide and you can actually walk along them and explore the plants and animals you see. Hiring a naturalist, or finding a low-tide tour is a great option here so that you can learn about the diverse reef ecosystem. 

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June - November
Low Season
December - May
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