The Great Barrier Reef
“The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most stunning experiences in the world,” says captain of the Reef Encounter, Ben Hales. “There are still beautiful areas out there. And once people come here, we try to give them the facts and information about it all — what’s causing the problems, what we’re doing to solve them and the fact that they can actually make a difference themselves.”
“The coral can recover, it can survive,” marine biologist, Jenny Cheetham says. “But I think there needs to be a global-scale clean up. And I think it has to come from a higher level, from the government, to really make a lasting change.” – Source
Consisting of thousands of individual reefs and islands, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system on the planet. It runs more than 2,300km along the north-east coast of Queensland and Far North Queensland is one of the closest points to the reef. Because of this, Cairns is known for being among the best gateways to the Great Barrier Reef.
Experiencing the reef is on the bucket list for many travellers and whether you’re on a day trip, a diving course, or staying a night on one of the islands, you’re sure to grasp the beauty of this natural wonder. There are many tour groups that operate different packages to from Port Douglas, Cairns, Mission Beach and Townsville.
One of the main attractions of the Great Barrier Reef for visitors and experienced divers alike are the 1000’s of species of marine life. About 30 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises are sighted on the Great Barrier Reef, with the star of the humpback whales being, Migaloo. If you’re self-conscious about swimming in the tropics with pasty-white skin, you’ll fit right in – Migaloo is a rare albino humpback whale who visits the Great Barrier Reef every year as part of the annual migration – first sited in 1991.