maori wrasse on the great barrier reef

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Great Barrier Reef & Ocean

Unforgettable moments at sea

As temptations go, it’s hard to go past Tropical North Queensland’s unique offerings: the world’s most extraordinary reef – dotted with tropical islands where the only sound is the waves lapping the shore (or a cocktail being mixed in the swim-up bar) – and pristine ocean bordered by kilometre-after-kilometre of white-sand perfection.

Start your adventure on the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. You could spend weeks exploring this amazing underwater universe, with its colourful coral gardens and bommies and its abundant marine life, from tropical fish to turtles, rays and even whales.

There are plenty of snorkelling and scuba-diving excursions to choose from, but that’s just the start. Non-swimmers will love the glass-bottomed boats that give you a window onto the reef, while thrillseekers might want to try helmet diving. Prefer staying above water? Set sail for a day or take a kayaking tour between Mission Beach and Dunk Island. Take to the skies in a heli or fixed wing aircraft for an unforgettable bird’s-eye view of all this unmatched beauty.

To make the most of your stay, book into one of the area’s tranquil oceanside retreats. From family-friendly apartments in Trinity Beach, north of Cairns, to a back-to-nature experience sleeping under canvas or one of Port Douglas’s fabled five-star resorts, an unforgettable experience awaits.

The Reef in 360

Filmed at Agincourt Reef, a reef system located on the outer edge of the continental shelf off the coast of Port Douglas. Dive off the back of a boat and into this incredible part of the Outer Great Barrier Reef, which is uniquely different to fringing island reef systems or those inner reefs located closer to shore. The deep reef walls are home to intricate eco-systems where colourful corals flourish in the continual movement of the ocean and marine-life comes in all shapes and sizes. Even though it takes a little longer to reach sites on the Outer Barrier Reef, the visibility is often better creating a pristine environment for scuba divers and snorkellers to spot sea turtles and larger fish like Maori Wrasse.

Welcome to wonderland

Beautiful ocean and the world’s largest coral reef: dream holidays are made of this.

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