Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

 Guys, Ready for travelling today?. I am so excited to start my journey to new destination. I always said that heaven is out there so lets reveal the beauty of the world. Right now, we are going to see the heaven in the water world. Iam going to give some clue. This site is very huge and for that reason, this place can be seen if you watch from outer space of the earth. No clue?..just read this article and make sure after you read you have willingness to visit this place.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
 The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefsand 940 islands and cays stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia.
The marine park stretches over 3000km (1800 miles) almost parallel to the Queensland coast, from near the coastal town of Bundaberg, up past the tip of Cape York. The reef, between 15 kilometres and 150 kilometres off shore and around 65 Km wide in some parts, is a gathering of brilliant, vivid coral providing divers with the most spectacular underwater experience imaginable.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is 345,000 square kilometres in size, five times the size of Tasmania or larger that the United Kingdom and Ireland combined!
            The reef is immensely diverse. It is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 411 types of hard coral, one-third of the world’s soft corals, 134 species of sharks and rays, six of the world’s seven species of threatened marine turtles, and more than 30 species of marine mammals, including the vulnerable dugong.
Add to that stunning marine suite as many as 3,000 molluscs and thousands of different sponges, worms and crustaceans, 630 species of echinoderms (starfish and sea urchins) and 215 bird species, of which 22 are seabirds.
The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. CNN labeled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland. 
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
 A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use, such as fishing and tourism. Other environmental pressures on the reef and its ecosystem include runoff, climate change accompanied by mass coral bleaching, and cyclic population outbreaks of the crown-of-thorns starfish.
The Great Barrier Reef has long been known to and used by the Aboriginal Australian and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and is an important part of local groups' cultures and spirituality. The reef is a very popular destination for tourists, especially in the Whitsunday Islands and Cairns regions. Tourism is an important economic activity for the region, generating $1 billion per year.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
 The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most well-known natural attractions, and is the world’s largest coral reef. Great Barrier Reef Queensland stretches for a whopping 2600 kilometres.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, and pulling away from it, and viewing it from a greater distance, you can understand why. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space. The criterion are:
  • to contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance;
  • to be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features;
  • to be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals;
  • to contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.
       One area the Great Barrier Reef reaches is the Whitsunday islands, a popular spot for diving vacations. The 74 islands that make up Whitsunday are surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef Australia, making it the perfect spot to try your hand at diving the Great Barrier Reef.
Diving on the Great Barrier Reef is the best way to experience the thrill of scuba diving. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef travel will let you experience the natural beauty of the reef, as well as its many surrounding areas.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Far North

Cape York, Bamaga, The Daintree Rainforest and Thursday Island Australia are other fantastic areas near the reef, all in tropical North Queensland. Bamaga Queensland offers easy access to Thursday Island, while a Cape York trip might involve taking part in one of the famous Cape York fishing safaris.
Cooktown & Lizard Island Region
Another popular area is Cooktown, along with Lizard Island and the Ribbon Reef region. Cooktown Queensland boasts gorgeous mountain views and the nearby Daintree Rainforest, while Lizard Island Australia features world-class accommodation like the Lizard Island Resort (Hotel). Cooktown accommodation is also of an excellent standard.

Cairns & Port Douglas

Cairns and Port Douglas Australia are also popular far-north destinations. A Port Douglas holiday involves relaxing at hotels, enjoying a Port Douglas restaurant, or using a charter boat to explore the reef. Travel around Port Douglas is made easier with a map of the area.


Hinchinbrook is another northern area worth a visit. Mission Beach lies between the reef and the rainforest, and is a whopping 14km long. Mission Beach Australia also has the advantage point of being right beside the reef. Hinchinbrook Island contains Australia’s largest national park, while Ingham is a pleasant sugar-farming town.


Nearby Townsville Australia is an ever-growing city, with attractions galore. Relax at quality Townsville accommodation like a Townsville hotel, or check out the Yongala Wreck which dates back to 1911. Ayr is a nearby small town, in the heart of the sugar cane area. Magnetic Island is just off shore with a ferry service running daily from Townsville.

The Whitsundays

The Whitsunday Islands in the middle of the reef feature numerous attractions. Try Whitsundays diving, private yacht charter or Whitsunday sailing. Areas like beautiful Airlie Beach feature stellar accommodation, while Daydream Island and Hamilton Island are well worth visiting too. Boat charter Whitsunday will allow you to explore such islands as Hook Island, Lindeman Island, and South Molle Island.


The coastal city of Mackay lies between Brisbane and Cairns, and has the reef on its doorstep. Mackay is great for fishing, charter boat hire and rainforest walks and treks. The world-class Brampton Island resort in the nearby Whitsunday Islands is well worth a visit, or you could simply enjoy staying at a beach in Mackay Australia.

Capricorn Coast

The Capricorn Coast encompasses Rockhampton, Gladstone, Bundaberg and Yeppoon, and is home to breathtaking landscapes and gorgeous beaches. Rockhampton is the largest town, while the Swain reefs can be found east of Yeppoon, a popular village-like town.
            So what are you waiting for bro and sis, lets visit this site and your drean will come true. You will never know the joyfull of heaven will be found out there.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia
 How To Get To Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef is located in the Coral Sea, just off the northeast coast of the Australian state of Queensland. The reef, as you know, is huge, so it can actually be reached from quite a few different cities and islands along this long coast, although the most popular by far are Cairns, Prosperpine, and Townsville.
Being the staging area for most GBR trips, Cairns is quite well known by non-Australians, though it’s not really a particularly large city, with a population of only around 130,000. Particularly for Americans, it can be confusing when locals pronounce it as “cans” in a way that might not ring the Cairns bell in your mind right away. Another thing to remember is this area is tropical, so the climate is very different from Sydney or Melbourne.
This small city of only about 3,000 is home to an airport that is often referred to as Whitsunday Coast. It’s about 20 kilometers inland from Airlie Beach, which is one of the better GBR trip staging areas.
About 220 km up the coast from Airlie Beach you’ll reach Townsville, which is actually about the same size as Cairns, though far less famous internationally. There’s a fairly busy international airport in Townsville, which has a few flights directly from Samoa and New Zealand, though it’s mostly served by Australian cities.

Flying to the Great Barrier Reef

Cairns is by far the most popular flight destination in this region, and you can reach it fairly inexpensively from about 15 large Australian cities, as well as from Bali, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore. Flights within Australia can range from cheap to insane, and flights into the other two tend to be more regional and more expensive, but if you want to go to one of them flying directly from another Australian city is probably a better option than flying into Cairns and then going from there.
  • Cairns International Airport – Code: CNS
  • Townsville Airport – Code: TSV
  • Prosperpine/Whitsunday Coast Airport – Code: PPP

Getting to the Great Barrier Reef by train

Believe it or not, you can get here on the train, though it’s not cheap or fast. From Sydney you have to take a 14-hour journey to Brisbane, where you’ll spend part of a day and then change to a 3 times per week departure for Cairns, which takes about another full day, so the entire journey takes about 2 days, including half a day waiting in Brisbane. You can take the same method to reach Prosperpine, although that takes about 12 hours less, and Townsville can be reached about 7 hours before the same train gets to Cairns.

Getting to the Great Barrier Reef by bus

The method for getting from Sydney to Cairns by bus is pretty much identical to the instructions by train, although the part from Brisbane to Cairns takes at least a few hours longer. You can buy a bus pass that allows unlimited travel between Sydney and Cairns on these buses, so one of those is probably a far better option that trying to bomb it in one go. 


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