The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef structure in the world and stretches over 2,000 kilometres along the Queensland coastline, so vast that it can be seen from outer space.
Protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, this area is larger than Great Britain and harbours 400 types of hard and soft coral, sea creatures, brightly coloured fish and turtles, and surrounding it are numerous exotic islands.
The coloured coral expanses just below the surface of the warm, tropical waters are home to a magnificent array of sea life.
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 wavepiercer 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 - make sure you enjoy it too!