Great Barrier Reef – voted #1 in World’s Best Place to Visit by U.S.News
As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef holds a spot on every traveler’s bucket list. Hugging the east coast of Queensland, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef extends from Cape York in the north all the way to Bundaberg in the south — a total of 1,250 miles. With roughly 3,000 coral reefs, 600 islands and 1,625 species of fish, the reef leaves its 1.6 million annual visitors enchanted.
But before diving in, it’s important to get your bearings. The northern half of the reef runs from the Cape York Peninsula to Cairns, a popular home base for many reef visitors and a great place to begin your Great Barrier Reef experience. Not only does Cairns provide the closest reef access from the mainland, but it also boasts luxury accommodation such as the Shangri-La Hotel at the Marina and has a few attractions of its own, like the Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.
Spend a full day on board a sail and snorkel cruise. A luxuriously appointed, sailing catamaran is a great way to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Relax as you are nudged casually along by tropical breezes in the warm, balmy waters that encompass Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Spend time in the water exploring pristine coral gardens teemed with beautifully colored tropical fish. Or relax on the sun-lounge, soaking up the sun as you admire 360 degree views of the reef.
Airlie Beach is also a favored hub for travelers in the south, thanks to its array of stylish resorts and it’s the gateway to a cluster of 74 islands known as the Whitsundays. Hamilton Island and Hayman Island are just two of the Whitsundays renowned luxury island resorts, featuring spectacular landscapes and endless horizons, soak it in as you experience the ultimate in adventure and relaxation.
Wherever you decide to hang your hat, call one of our experienced consultants or send us an email so we can show you the Great Barrier Reef. A treasure trove of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Whether you’re gazing at marine life through a scuba mask, letting the tropical breeze unfurl your sail, or in a plane gliding high above it all, the possibilities for exploration are nearly limitless