The Great Barrier Reef - Australia
This World Heritage Site truly needs no introduction. One of a kind, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world and is home to over 3,000 individual living reefs and around 900 individual islands. The stunning reefs are home to some of Australia’s most famous and beautiful wildlife, from pods of dolphins, stunning humpback whales to sea turtles and clown fish. All of these can be seen in the reef, either on a boat tour or by taking the plunge yourself and swimming around the beautiful, iconic reefs. Scuba diving and snorkelling are definitely the best ways to truly experience the Great Barrier Reef, only by doing so can you get up close to the living reef and see the stunning, multi-coloured and textured reefs and witness how the various wildlife lives peacefully alongside each other. Taking to the sky on a helicopter tour will reveal just how vast the Great Barrier itself is, as the gorgeous blue sea filled with individual reef stretches away from you as far as the eye can see.
Where is it?
The Reef is situated in the Coral Sea, just off the coast of Queensland in the north east corner Australia. The nearby city of Cairns is a regular stop off point for passing visitors.
What is it?
The Great Barrier Reef is a living mass of coral, and is the largest single structure in the world made by living organisms. Roughly the size of Italy, the beautiful space supports a huge wide ranging wildlife and is one of the most important ecological sites on Earth.
Best time to visit?
The best time to visit the Reef is from June to November, as the weather is milder than the oppressive wet season and visibility is generally very good.
Heron Island is a perfect summation of the Great Barrier Reef experience. An evergreen island surrounded by stunning sandy beaches, the island is famous for the vast number of Green and Loggerhead Turtles which abide there, as well as the abundant birdlife which gives it its name. The Island is also the perfect spot to head off on snorkelling and diving adventure.