Ahh, the famous Great Barrier Reef! Unless you’ve lived in a hole all your life, you’ll have heard of this natural beauty. It’s the jewel of North Queensland, and for good reason – it’s the largest living thing on Earth. And if you fancy shooting up into space in a rocket, you can even see it from there.
If you don’t fancy a trip into space, we’ve got an easier way to get there (much easier!) we’ve got a one stop flight from London! A quick stop in the Philippines, and you’ll be off to Cairns, where the Great Barrier Reef lies just offshore.
And whether you’re into diving or Disney, snorkelling or sunbathing… we’ve got a way for you to discover it.
Who are you, and why are you here? Just joking. But seriously, you can view the Great Barrier Reef without jumping into the water, just jump into a glass bottomed boat instead.
‘Just keep swimming, just keep swimming’ all the way to find Nemo. Head on over to Low Isles, just a short boat ride from Cairns, and go snorkelling and paddle boarding around the reef. Not only is it home to Nemo, but it’s also a great place to spot sea turtles. We can only hope they’re all like Crush from the movie… duuuuude.
If you’re happy to go for a little swim or a dive around the Great Barrier Reef, but don’t have the sea legs for a sailing trip, why not stop over at an island? Just a 45 minute cruise from Cairns, is a little slice of paradise, Fitzroy Island. Stay over for a night or two and go snorkelling, sea kayaking and paddle boarding.
What could be more romantic than a flight over the reef, landing on an isolated cay (stretch of sand) in the middle of the ocean, and having a picnic?
We’re almost at the end of our Australian journey and it’s where Captain James Cook’s discovery of Australia started: Cape Tribulation. The place where Cook beached his ship The HM Bark Endeavour (this is THE beach). Since he sailed it onto the reef it took him and his crew 48 days to fix it before continuing his trip. Since we’ve been to so many places Cook has been in the 18th century and two of our children were born in Middlesbrough, UK (the place James Cook was born and started his discovery journeys) this marks a perfect spot to end our Australian exploring trip. One more week in Cairns before our adventures in Indonesia will start! PS this is what a beach looks like where you can’t swim coz of crocs! You don’t see them but they definitely see you! #jamescook #endeavour #capetribulation #beach #tropics #cooktown #exploringplaces #travellingwithkids #history #exploringandlearning #australia #middlesbrough #yarm
Want to see two UNESCO World Heritage Sites at once? Head to Cape Tribulation, a couple of hours north of Cairns, where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.
A sailing trip is a favourite among backpackers, because not only do you get to sail around the islands, go snorkelling on the reef and visit some pretttty beaut beaches… you also get to drink.
A very popular option amongst, well, everyone, is diving the Great Barrier Reef. Go on a liveaboard diving course and learn a new skill!
Short on time, money, or the ability to sleep on a boat without vomiting? Opt for a snorkelling day trip instead – all of the fun, but none of the humiliation.
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Not sure how you want to see the reef? How about a package where you get to do a bit of everything? This adventure package offers non swimmers a glass bottomed boat, buoyant people: the opportunity to snorkel, tree-huggers: a skyrail over the rainforest, Disney lovers: a visit to Fitzroy Island, drinkers: a licensed bar on a catamaran, and land lovers: a bit of time on land. Yeah, we did it.
And for those who really don’t want to be anywhere near the water, go for a scenic helicopter ride/plane journey/paraglide above the reef. There’ll be some pretty epic photo opportunities, and what’s more, you won’t have to wear one of those tighter than tight swimsuits. Bonus.
If you reallllly want to, you can even go on an outer reef shark dive.