Many will travel down under to see the renowned Great Barrier Reef in person. But most of the time, visitors won’t know where to start! Being the biggest living thing on earth, spanning 2,300 kilometres and covering roughly 348,000 square kilometres, it’s hard to know where to stop at, with thousands of reef sections nestled within. But don’t despair as we are here to narrow things down for you. Listing our top favourite reef spots, you can’t miss during your tropical holiday
For the unsure swimmers: Saxon Reef
The Saxon Reef is flooded with unbelievable colour, with a perfect blend of blues, greens, pinks, and oranges. What makes this reef so unique, however, is its range of both deep and shallow areas, letting inexperience swimmers take a break from the endless paddling. Offering visitors to swim around the deep ends, or simply watching the passing marine life swim past in the shallows.
A snorkeler and diver’s paradise: Hastings Reef
Only a short boat ride from Cairns, Hastings reef is 10 square kilometres worth of underwater wonder. Here you can see every type the reef has to offer, including fire, plate, pillar and brain corals in an assortment of colours. As it possesses an excellent mix of wall dives and shallow corals, you can snorkel and then scuba dive without having to jump reefs. With incredible animals to see, including the famous clownfish from the popular movie ‘Finding Nemo’ being one of the most common around.
Where the reef meets the rainforest: Green Island
Green Island is the best coral cay within the Great Barrier Reef, being the only island in the entire area with a full-grown rainforest on top. This ancient area has been a hub for marine life for thousands of years, been a home base for fish, birds, and mammals for generations. Here you can spend the day hopping into the shallow reef shores and drying off while trekking through the thick rainforest. Seeing both marine and land wildlife all in one day!
Where metal meets nature: Moreton Bay
Back in the 1960s, fifteen ships were deliberately sunken Moreton bay’s shores, forming a safe waterfront for the local boats. Over the years the shops have become an iconic stable to Moreton Bay, with the marine life taking over. Trek our a snorkel around these massive ships, seeing the rusting metal blend together with swarms of wildlife. Now not just a barrier for the waterfront, but its own reef system, with smaller creatures using the interior of the ship as a safe haven and home.
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