The Great Barrier Reef is a maze of nearly 3,000 individual reefs, 900 islands and stretches 133,000 square miles. It is located in the Coral Sea, just off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The majority of Barrier Reef islands lie north of the tropic of Capricorn and have a distinctly monsoonal climate, the heavy rains cause destructive flooding from April to September and leave thousands of people homeless each year.
For years, the Great Barrier Reef was known as Australia’s, “Blue Outback.” Established as a collective haven for thousands of species of sea life, the Great Barrier Reef was designated a World Heritage Site in 1981 and remains a top choice as a luxury travel destination.
Many visits to the Reef combine time on an island with time in Quensland’s towns and parks. Traveling for a week in the area you can stay at a southern coral cay, mountainous northern villa or Whitsundays’ Resort. The best way to fully experience the Great Barrier Reef is to travel via a live-aboard running from Port Douglas to Lizard Island. From these luxurious cruisers, divers can snorkel off of Fitzroy Island, scuba in Shute Harbour and swim in the pristine waters of Daydream Island.
If you must cut your visit short, consider touring Lady Elliot Island, one of the points on the reef with fringing coral. In a description of the island, the official website catalogues the area’s attractions saying:
At Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef, you can step off the beach and snorkel, swim or dive in an underwater holiday world of brilliantly colored species of marine life, or just simply relax and soak in the natural island atmosphere. The lagoon protects and nurtures the curiosity of the beginners while a little further out experienced snorklers and divers descend to see the coral sea.
Lady Elliot Island is one of only six island resorts on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, and one of only three with direct flight access to the island airstrip. The island is located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in the highest possible classification of Marine National Park Zone by GBRMPA. Lady Elliot is an island teeming with life and live corals, famous for a resident population of 40 Manta Rays which form the iconic logo of the island.
Tour the reef in a glass bottomed boat, learn to scuba dive, feed the fish, take a guided reef walk or stroll to a deserted beach and live the dream. With exceptionally clear water year round, you may encounter turtles, dolphins and a large variety of coral, fish and giant manta rays. If you are there for the right season you may see birds nesting, turtle hatchlings emerging from the sand or migrating humpback whales blow and breech.
Of course there are potential dangers to be found when visiting the reef. Notably, the Irukandji jellyfish, no bigger than a thumb tack, can cause: severe pain, vomiting, and soaring blood pressure. All of which may be life-threatening to people with already high blood pressure or diabetes.
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