The Great Barrier Reef is simply amazing. It’s the only tropical coral reef structure that is visible from Outer Space. Comprised of over 2,900 individual reefs, the Great Barrier lies along Queensland’s eastern coastline, stretching over 2,300km. Home to over 600 types of hard and soft corals, the reef provides a vital habitat for an array marine creatures including 6 of the world’s 7 marine turtle species, 133 varieties of sharks and rays, over 1,625 types of fish and more than 30 species of whales and dolphins.
Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. It’s the closest mainland city, which means when you visit the reef, you spend more time exploring and less time travelling to get there. As the best tourist destination to visit the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns has many day tour and liveaboard reef boats and attractions. They are located on and visit Great Barrier Reef islands, sand cays and the Outer Reef.
So much! Cairns’ Great Barrier Reef can be visited and experienced by people of all ages and abilities, even non-swimmers. There’s scenic helicopter flights, which can take you to and from the reef and even land at remote sand cays. Outer reef pontoons which offer glass-bottom boat rides, snorkelling and helmet diving. Tropical islands and sand cays with swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.
Choose everything from a half day visit to Green Island, to a full day at the Outer Reef or a multi-day, liveaboard trip. Cairns is also the home port for extended charters to the far northern Ribbon Reefs and Coral Sea, where you can visit famous dive sites such as the Cod Hole, Steve’s Bommie or shark diving at North Horn.