The Great Barrier Reef, QLD: Destination Guide

Experience the vibrant colours and unique textures of the world’s largest coral reef.

Visit the Great Barrier Reef and take in the spectacular underwater terrain which makes up 2,600kms of reef system. Take a day trip out to sea and try your hand at scuba diving or snorkelling to get up-close and personal with the schools of colourful fish and vibrant coral cays. The Great Barrier Reef provides an unforgettable experience for those of all ages.

Read on to discover more about the Great Barrier Reef, or find accommodation now.

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Great Barrier Reef facts

  • The reef is the largest living structure in the world.
  • The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space.
  • There are over 600 types of coral, 100 species of jelly fish and over 1600 species of fish in the Great Barrier Reef.
  • There are more than 2900 individual coral reefs on the site.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is larger than the combined area of Victoria and Tasmania.

Great Barrier Reef information

Great Barrier Reef climate

Tropical North Queensland offers a warm balmy climate with refreshing sea breezes all year round. The area experiences two seasons. A wet season which characterised by humid conditions and high rainfall and a dry season characterised by warm weather and low rainfall.

  • Dry Season: May - October
  • Wet Season: November - April

For more information on the weather through the year near the Great Barrier Reef, check out seasonal weather outlook for North Queensland here.

Great Barrier Reef tours

There are an abundance of tours exploring the Great Barrier Reef perfect for serious divers, first-time snorkellers or those who wish to stay well and truly on the boat. Below is a selection of Great Barrier Reef Tour operators, you are sure to find your perfect reef tour to suit your preference and budget.

Day scuba dive tour

Diving the Outer Great Barrier Reef provides excellent dive conditions. Choose the Pontoon option if you are travelling with non-scuba diving companions who can enjoy the views from a glass-bottom boat. You will be required to show your licence in order to dive. All equipment provided.

Day snorkelling tour

For those who just want to snorkel amongst the most magnificently coloured corals in the world, Try a snorkelling day tour. To be able to snorkel only requires the ability to swim. Equipment and instructions are provided and even beginner snorkelers will be richly rewarded by the beauty beneath the surface.

Liveaboard trips

Liveaboard diving trips, offer scuba divers the opportunity to stay onboard extending their adventure to a multi-day dive trip. There are many providers which offer liveaboard services meaning you get to explore more of the magnificent reefs.

Great Barrier Reef accommodation

The world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef is most easily accessed from Cairns with many accommodation options available for those wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef, Australia’s most magnificent marine attraction.

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