Our urban centric lifestyle has taken us away from nature. However, spending sometime amidst nature can help us to find respite from our stressful life. If you are someone in search for some inner peace of mind, head to the Great Barrier Reef. Comprised of nine hundred islands and 3,000 reefs, Great Barrier Reef, in Queensland, is a popular marine park of Australia. This is also a World Heritage Site. The ecosystem of this paradise of nature is worth watching.
Time to visit
In any time of the year, you can visit the Great Barrier Reef. However, the monsoon showers, from December to February, might restrict your outdoor activities in Barrier Reef. The peak tourist season is during the Australian winter months, from June to August. The temperature of the individual islands will vary according to their location. During the winter, the southern islands of the Barrier Reef are comparatively cooler than the northern islands.
What to see
There is so much to see and do in the Great Barrier Reef. Depending on the span of your vacation, choose the number of islands of the Barrier Reef you would love to visit. Great Barrier Reef is approximately 1,600km long. It is dotted with several resorts. Depending on your budget, several options are available to explore the region. The most economical and popular way of exploring the reef is on day boats. Half or full day cruises depart from the coastal town of Queensland, such as Cairns, Port Douglas or Shute Harbour.
These boats will take you to the pontoons. From here, you can plunge in the water, swim, dive and snorkel. Some pontoons are equipped with underwater observatory and even fresh water showers. If you want to head to the best diving spots of the Great Barrier Reef, you can hire a diving day boat. Diving tours are designed to take visitors to the best regions with great reef life and even shipwreck sites. If you are not keen about diving, you can visit the neighboring islands and especially the stunning coral cays. Heron, Lady Elliot, Daydream, Fitzroy, Hayman, Orephus and Lizard are the popular islands of the region. For a bird’s eye view of the Great Barrier Reef, you can also go on a scenic flight.