Great Barrier Reef - Australia

Coordinates: 18°17′10″S, 147°42′00″E

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Brian A :

I am traveling around australia next june. I plan to travel to Sydney then to melbourne than fly from melborne to the great barrier reef. What is a major town with an airport that is close to the great barrier reef because i want to snorcle there.

lizzie1_3 :
"You need to goto Brisbane (in Queensland) rather than Sydney (in New South Wales). Otherwise, its like going to Las Vegas to see the Grand Canyon! Check out the Queensland Tourism site for more information."
shellebebe :
"The place you want to land at is Cairns-where the reef meets the rainforest! Cairns has an international and domestic airport, you can fly from melbourne to cairns direct, for flights try or or If you want to see the best reef possible, you need to go to Port Douglas, preferably on the boat Quicksilver. The further north, the less visited reef, port douglas is the way to go! While your in cairns make sure you see Daintree and Kuranda-highly recommended!! have fun :)"
azza :
"Cairns is probably the most accessable place when travelling from Melbourne. As mentioned by another, it has a large airport, and flights there from Sydney and Melbourne are very frequent. Sounds like you've got a great plan for your trip so far, just remember that people often think Brisbane and the Barrier Reef are close together. They are still over a 1000kms apart, so your plan sounds just about right."
kitty :
"Try Rockhampton, it's on the lower portion of the Great Barrier reef, cheaper, not so tourist crowded and the beauty of the reef is the same as further north. Also, there is a small town north of Rockhampton called Yeppoon and it's beautiful, beach to walk on it's awesome. So research flights from Melborne to Rockhampton or Gladstone and possibly drive up the coast."
onequest :
"You can visit Cairns. We've been there twice and there are plenty of snorkle trips from there. We normally stay at Green Island Resort. After the day-trippers leave, we share the island with less than 100 people. Truly enchanting. Be sure to visit Kuranda for a day via the train and the sky rail. Also, visit Cape Tribulation. Almost everything is poisonous or a man eater, but you will be able to say that you went there. Don't get in the water because there are salt water crocodiles and box jellyfish. Have a wonderful trip!"
Coco :
"best airport to get off would be cairns....from there u can take a cruise/boat and that will get u to the barrier reef : )! there are nice seafood restaurants in cairns and the town is definately worth checking out : )! have fun : )!"
"Brisbane is a major airport in Queensland and depending on the part of the reef you want to see, you can fly to Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville or Cairns. You can even fly into the Witsunday Islands on Hamilton Island (the beach on this Island to snorkel) and from there go by boat or a criuse into different parts of the reef. Its a big place."
li li b :
"No idea but tell nemo i said hi"
Vin E38 :

I am planning to travel, any one been to great Barrier Reef in Queensland? How was the view? having fun there?

K Bear :
"I live in Cairns - gateway to The Great Barrier Reef - yes it's fun and always great out there. Why don't you check out and Also for something different do the or when you are here."
Maree L :
"Hello. I am a short drive from the Barrier Reef and it is amazing as it is the 7th wonder of the world. They say it is beautiful and you fall in love with it there. There is so much to do and i got told it is getting expensive at the moment but after school holidays on the 29th Jan it will cut in half with prices. Hope this helps a little. Can you let me know how it is there please as i want to go as i never get time to stop and i want to this time. Have fun and good luck."
milks59 :

I need everything you know about this in the next I don't know 45 minutes. PLEASE!!!!!! There is 10 points at stake here. Come on!!!

ladybird :
"Are you from Australia? Because that's where the GBR is. Off the coast of Queensland in the north east of Australia. If you search, there are heaps of sites. Largest coral reef in the world. Can be seen from space."
Kevin :
"An Introduction to Coral Reefs The Coral Reef Crisis Under the clear blue sea, busy communities of ocean creatures live together in brightly colored structures called coral reefs. These beautiful underwater cities have been around for millions of years. Coral Reef: Water Cycle Center Coral Reef Animal Printouts Coral reefs are warm, clear, shallow ocean habitats that are rich in life. The reef's massive structure is formed from coral polyps, tiny animals that live in colonies; when coral polyps die, they leave behind a hard, stony, branching structure made of limestone. The best coral reef websites on the internet. OCEANS & MARINE LIFE WEB SITES Good luck. Kevin, Liverpool, England."


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Date: 2008-02-05 01:55:31

Explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia. There are experiences in life you never forget and one is the Great Barrier Reef. So it was with great excitement and sense of occasion that my friend and I arrived at the Marlin Marina early one morning to board Seastar to take us on our day to remember.

Date: 2008-02-05 01:55:31

Australia vacations are all about fun, adventure, and discovery, which is why The Great Barrier Reef Islands are the perfect place to visit. They are visible from space, and is the largest coral reef system in the world.

Date: 2008-02-05 01:55:31

Recent marine surveys by scientists in the Great Barrier Reef have found that an explosion in the population of the crown-of-thorns starfish has decimated parts of the region’s reefs and are now threatening part of the so-called Coral Triangle – one of the world’s richest regions of coral reef biodiversity.

Date: 2008-02-05 01:55:31

Despite the ubiquitous nature of long-haul travel, there is still an epic quality about a trip to Australia, with a sense of occasion that befits a wedding. This is a land of seductive contrasts, and the Great Barrier Reef is one of its most iconic natural treasures.

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