The Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is full of natural beauty and a profusion of marine life. It has hundreds of tropical islands with beautiful white sandy beaches and over 3000 coral reefs. It’s easy to see why it attracts so many visitors each year.
There are many other activities you can do, snorkelling, cruise ship tours, glass-bottomed boats or even swimming with dolphins. For me there are two ways to see this natural beauty, thats either from the air on a helicopter/aircraft ride, or in the water itself, scuba diving.
From the air you can really get an idea of how big it is. For 1400 miles (2300 km) it stretches from near the southern town of Bundaberg, up past the northern tip of Cape York.
From the water you can get up close to see the marine life living off this magnificent life form. The vibrant colours and fish you will only find in this part of the world. Just be sure to take your GoPro!
A Natural Wonder
Viewing it from a above, you can understand why it is classed as a natural wonder. Visible from space and bigger than the Great Wall of China, it a reminder that we live on a magical planet.
The reef, between 9 miles (15 km) and 93 miles (150 km) off shore and around 40 miles (65 Km) wide in some parts, it is the most commonly added bucket list destinations for scuba divers and it easy to see why.
The reef is a breeding area for humpback whales, and part of their migrating route from the Antarctic. Other animals such as the endangered Dugong (Sea Cow) and large Green Sea Turtle also reside around the reef. If you’re a lover of saline then this is one place you will not want to miss.
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