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About Great Barrier Reef

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef is a coral formation and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as Australia’s “Blue Outback”, it is comprised of individual reefs and islands that lie to the east of the Coral Sea and extends south into the Pacific Ocean. Popular for its clear waters and vibrant array of underwater marine life, the 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands make up around 65 kilometres off the coast of Queensland.

Considered one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders, travellers come to the Great Barrier Reef to explore its abundant sea life that includes whales, turtles and over 400 species of colourful fish and coral. Peppered with island resorts nestled amongst the clear waters, visitors come to explore the abundance of idyllic tropical islands and golden beaches. Snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing are popular water sports available, while there are a variety of tours to choose from, such as the glass-bottom boat tours, cruise ships and opportunities to swim with dolphins. Visitors can explore the molluscs, coral sponges, rays, sea turtles and more than 1,500 species of tropical fish, in addition to over 200 types of birds and a handful of endangered species, such as the Dugong sea cow.

International flights arrive at the Cairns Airport, while direct flights from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne can land at the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island and Proserpine on Whitsunday Coast. The best way to get to the area’s attractions is by car, while secluded areas and island hopping day trips to the reef can be reached by boat. Helicopter tours are popular for spectacular aerial views of the reef while utilising the Queensland Rail is the most cost-effective way to explore the Queensland coast. Shuttle buses are available from the airport and taxis are ideal for short trips in the area.

Formed around 6,000-7,000 years ago, the Great Barrier Reef covers an area bigger than Great Britain. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and is the only livable thing on the earth that is visible from space. Established as a marine park in 1975, it was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1981.

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Shangri-La Hotel The Marina Cairns

Shangri-La Hotel The Marina Cairns
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Cairns CBD, Cairns
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Very Good, 8.5
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Centrally located, Shangri-La Hotel The Marina Cairns offers easy access to Cairns's main hot spots. Offering free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and an outdoor pool, the hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Esplanade Lagoon and The Reef Hotel Casino.

Pullman Cairns International

Pullman Cairns International
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Cairns CBD, Cairns
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Fabulous, 8.6
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Conveniently located, Pullman Cairns International offers easy access to Cairns's popular hot spots. It also boasts a rooftop terrace, plus views of the mountains and the harbour.

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Address
Cairns CBD, Cairns
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Good, 7.5
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Located in the centre of Cairns, this hotel features a restaurant and a night club. It is surrounded by landscaped grounds and also offers a rooftop terrace, free Wi-Fi and a private beach.

DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns

DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns
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Cairns CBD, Cairns
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Very Good, 8.2
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Boasting a saltwater swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and a swimming pool, DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns is situated in Cairns and offers modern accommodation. It is conveniently located in the city centre.

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
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Cairns North, Cairns
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Good, 7.6
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Located in Cairns, Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns is an easy drive from Kuranda Scenic Railway and provides on-site parking at an additional cost. It features a fully-equipped gym, 3 outdoor swimming pools, and a heated outdoor spa.

Hilton Cairns

Hilton Cairns
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Cairns CBD, Cairns
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Very Good, 8.2
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Offering a restaurant, bar and outdoor pool, Hilton Cairns is only a five-minute stroll from Reef Fleet Terminal. Centrally located, the hotel allows for easy access to Cairns's popular tourist hot spots.

Whitsunday Apartments

Whitsunday Apartments
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Hamilton Island, Australia
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Fabulous, 8.6
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Whitsunday Apartments features a private beach and an outdoor pool, along with apartments with refrigerators. It provides a gym, as well as a swimming pool, a sun deck and a free shuttle service.

The Ville Resort - Casino

The Ville Resort - Casino
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Townsville City, Townsville
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Very Good, 8.5
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The Ville Resort - Casino is situated just 10 minutes walk from Breakwater Terminal Bus Station and features air conditioned rooms with free wireless internet access, a mini bar and an in-room safe. Based in a popular part of Townsville, the hotel boasts views of Magnetic Island, and is conveniently close to a multitude of eateries.

Aquarius On The Beach

Aquarius On The Beach
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North Ward, Townsville
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Very Good, 8.5
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Set just a few steps from The Strand, this modern property features both a bar and a restaurant. Popular amenities, such as an outdoor pool and a swimming pool, ensure a satisfying stay in Townsville.

Mantra Trilogy

Mantra Trilogy
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Cairns CBD, Cairns
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Good, 7.3
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Conveniently positioned, Mantra Trilogy allows for easy access to Cairns's best sightseeing areas. The various facilities this modern resort offers include an outdoor pool, supervised child care/activities and a kids pool.

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