Boasting over 140 Great Barrier Reef islands scattered throughout the region, it’s easy to turn daydreams about tropical island holidays into reality.

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Great Barrier Reef Islands

Stretching more than 2,000 kilometres along the Queensland coastline and covering 35 million hectares, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef. It is home to an abundance of marine wildlife – including more than 1,500 brilliantly coloured species of tropical fish, 4,000 species of molluscs, 400 species of sponge and 300 species of hard corals.

The Great Barrier Reef’s islands and cays support bird species by the hundred, including reef herons, ospreys, frigate birds and sea eagles. The reef is also of cultural importance, containing many archaeological sites of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin. Some notable examples include Lizard and Hinchinbrook Islands with their spectacular galleries of rock paintings.

The many diving and snorkelling opportunities provide visitors with the best way of getting close to the Great Barrier Reef’s many wonders. Tourism operators offer professional accredited dive courses, introductory reef dives and for the experienced, extended dive charters incorporating night dives or guided ecology dives. If delving into the deep blue is not for you – there are semi-submersible craft, glass bottom boats and a variety of land-based reef attractions.

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99 Grafton Street Cairns, AJ Hackett Cairns, Bad Fishy Jet Boating Cairns, Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises, Cairns Harbour and Sunset Cruises, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns War Memorial, Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome, Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns, Challenger Bay Dive Site, Clam Gardens Dive Site, Cod Hole Dive Site, Coral Expeditions, Coral Gardens Dive Site, Flynn Reef, Discovery Tours Australia, Fish Bowl Dive Site, Fitzroy Island National Park, Flecker Botanic Gardens, Flyboard Cairns, Food Trail Tours, Goldsborough Valley, Wooroonooran National Park, Great Adventures Reef and Green Island Cruises, Green Island Fringing Reefs, Green Island National Park, Hot Air Balloon Cairns, Jorgey's Patch Dive Site, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Lighthouse Bommie Dive Site, McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery Cairns, Michaelmas and Upolo Cays National Park, Michaelmas Cay Dive Site, Monolith Dive Site, Moore Reef Dive Site, Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, Nautilus Aviation,

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