Larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on Earth visible from outer space, the renowned Great Barrier Reef is the crowning glory of Tropical North Queensland.
Explore a dazzling array of coral gardens and interact with unique underwater life in the crystal-clear waters. You can get up close and personal with countless species of fish, turtles, rays, sea horses and giant clams unique to this part of Australia. You might even get to see a humpback whale if you visit during winter!
The vast range of reef charters, dive trips and snorkelling tours allows you to experience the majesty of this living wonder first-hand. Some can take you to the most renowned spots, like Green Island or Tongue Reef, while others will moor and allow you to explore at your own pace. For novice divers, operators in Port Douglas run courses so you can explore like a natural by the time you hit the reef.
For a unique perspective, you could try a tour in a glass-bottomed boat or take a scenic helicopter flight from Port Douglas.
If you’re thinking about a Great Barrier Reef adventure, stay at Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas. This beautiful resort is located in a picturesque melaleuca rainforest and is just five minutes from the wharf where tour operators are located, making it easier than ever to explore the reef.
5 Cool Facts About the Great Barrier Reef
- It’s a World Heritage site considered to be one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
- It’s 2,300 kilometres in length from the Torres Strait and Lady Elliot Island and covers an area about 344,400 square kilometres in size.
- It consists of 2,900 reefs and features 900 islands.
- It supports more than 1,500 species of fish
- It supports 64,000 jobs and is estimated to be worth about AU$6.4 billion to the Australian economy annually.