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The Great Barrier Reef

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There are certain places in the world that take your breath away. Where you step back and simply smile in wonder. The Great Barrier Reef is one of those places.

Internationally recognised as the world's largest and healthiest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef provides world-class experiences at a world-class destination. Scuba-diving and snorkelling, sailing, bare boating, cruise shipping and expedition cruising are just some of the world class water-based activities on offer.

Stretching over 2300kms - from Tropical North Queensland in the north, right down to Bundaberg in the south - the Great Barrier Reef is easily accessible from various access points, including Port Douglas, Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Seventeen Seventy and Bundaberg.

Try this on for size: at approximately 350 000 kms2 in size, the Great Barrier Reef is the only living structure on earth that can be seen from outer space! 

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Some Things to Do on the Great Barrier Reef

Do a day tour and go snorkelling or diving. Or stay dry and view the coral and fish through underwater observatories. Take a sailing catamaran, a fast wave-piercer or a more intimate dive vessel to experience this world up close.

Meet naturalist and marine biologists who can share their insights on this incredible natural place. Or get a bird’s eye from a helicopter or seaplane. Join an extended dive trip or stay on an island of the Great Barrier Reef.

Some islands have resorts, ranging from 'family friendly' to exclusive hide-aways. Others are uninhabited paradises where you can pitch a tent under the stars on the beach and hike through rainforest covered hills.

Queensland's Great Barrier Reef region is also an unforgettable taste experience. The local beef, seafood and tropical farm produce provide the basis for great Australian dishes. From top-notch cuisine to the simplest alfresco blackboard menu, Queensland serves it up fresh daily.

This is one of the great holiday destinations of the world - partly because of its expanse and natural splendour, and partly because it hugs the coast of one of the world's friendliest places: sunny, tropical Queensland. Enjoy!

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