Great Barrier Reef Day Tours

Great Barrier Reef Day Tours

When you’re in Queensland, you have to, I repeat, have to go see the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world and deservedly so.
The 2300 kilometre (1430 mile) living coral masterpiece running parallel with the Queensland shoreline from the tip of Cape York in the north 1,600 miles south to Bundaberg and is teeming with diverse marine life. As the world’s largest and most spectacular coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef comprises of over 400 types of coral and it is home to over 6,600 species of sea life. With nearly hundreds of islands in the area, the Great Barrier Reef provides endless opportunities for exploration and sightseeing. Abounding with wonderful wildlife and lush surroundings make this area one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world.

Things to do in the Great Barrier Reef – The Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsunday Islands is a collection of 74 continental islands of various sizes off the central coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 900 kilometres (560 miles) north of Brisbane. It is considered one of the most popular yachting destinations in the Southern Hemisphere and people travel here from all over the world to see the white sands of Whitehaven Beach and the stunning beauty of Heart Reef, and to stay at some of the world’s best hotels.

Things to do in the Great Barrier Reef – Whitehaven Beach

It’s the most photographed beach in all of Australia; Stretching across more than 4 miles of Whitsunday Island’s east coast, Whitehaven Beach is made up of 98 percent pure white silica. These alabaster sands prevent heat retention, meaning you won’t feel like you’re walking across a string of hot coals. The best way to get to Whitehaven Beach – which is free to visit 24 hours a day – is by boat.

Things to do in the Great Barrier Reef – Diving and Snorkeling

Great Barrier Reef offers moderate depths and clear, calm waters, it’s an excellent spot for both novice and advanced divers to explore. Here are few popular sites for diving and .

Popular Diving spots

  • Challenger Bay, Ribbon Reefs
  • Cod Hole, Ribbon Reefs.
  • Around the Bend, Osprey Reef.
  • Steve’s Bommie, Ribbon Reefs.
  • Acropolis, Ribbon Reefs.
  • Lighthouse Bommie, Ribbon Reefs.
  • Snake Pit, Ribbon Reefs

Popular snorkeling spots

  • Tangalooma wrecks, Moreton Island
  • Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg
  • Magnetic Island, Townsville
  • Orpheus Island, Townsville
  • Lady Musgrave Island, southern Great Barrier Reef

Things to do in the Great Barrier Reef – Magnetic Island

Landscape of rocky terrain and giant boulders, is different to the usual tropical rainforest found on many of the Great Barrier Reef islands. Magnetic Island has less rainfall than the Wet Tropics to the north and to the south. Its climate is typical of the dry tropics and it is covered with eucalypt woodlands. Once you’re here don’t forget to:

  • Follow the 1.2 kilometre (0.75 mile) Hawkings Track for views across the island
  • Relax on one of the 23 beaches on Magnetic Island
  • Dive the SS Yongala wreck or follow a Magnetic Island Snorkel Trail

Things to do in the Great Barrier Reef – Mission Beach

Mission Beach is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and a perfect base for visiting nearby Dunk, Bedarra and Hinchinbrook islands. There’s plenty of adventure to be had in Mission Beach, including

  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Rainforest Hikes
  • Crocodile Spotting
  • Spear fishing
  • Visit Hinchinbrook Island National Park – Australia’s largest island national park, is one of the world’s most diverse and beautiful wilderness areas.
  • Visit Coastal Wet Tropics for Bird Watching

Things to do in the Great Barrier Reef – Camping

Camp at one of Australia’s most northern clamping sites at Cape Tribulation and wake up to the Great Barrier Reef on your doorstep and the Daintree Rainforest in your backyard.

Things to do in the Great Barrier Reef – Whitewater Rafting

Russell and Barron Rivers, famous for its crystal clear waters, located just a short distance inland from the Great Barrier Reef, is a perfect spot for whitewater rafting. A series of different rapid courses ranging from grades one to four ensure that there is something available for people of all experience and skill levels.
Whether travelling as an individual, couple, or group, whitewater rafting near the Great Barrier Reef is an experience that will make a memorable holiday.

Things to do in the Great Barrier Reef – Mackay Reef turtle spotting

The Great Barrier Reef is actually a collection of many coral reefs, and if you want to have a better chance at seeing a Sea Turtle, it is best that you travel to a reef that has had limited human interaction.
The best example of a reef of this nature would be Mackay Reef, which lies about 20 kilometres east of Cape Tribulation. Mackay Reef is synonymous with turtle spotting and offers a plethora of exotic coral and a generous selection of fish for you to snap photos of. Mackay reef is one of the few reefs in Australia that has not been subject to damage by way of human interference, and it is this fact that makes Mackay the reef to dive in Queensland and as a bonus, it’s close to Cape Tribulation.

Things to do in the Great Barrier Reef – Explore the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation

Daintree Rainforest is one of the oldest and most beautiful world heritage listed rainforest in the world. You will be able to witness a combination of primitive animals, plants and an indigenous culture still thrive to this day.

Things to do in the Great Barrier Reef – Spot marine wildlife

Also available at Cape Tribulation, is the unique opportunity to spot marine wildlife at its absolute best, stick around till about 6pm or so and chances are you will be able to spot dolphins turtles and even sharks that hunt during the dusk.

Things to do in the Great Barrier Reef – Tours

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