The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s favourite adventure playgrounds, attracting tourists from all across the country and all around the world. The region is home to some of the most amazing coral reef on the planet and is teeming with fish, turtles, dolphins and other amazing sea life.
In this article, we’ll be highlighting the Great Barrier Reef: Things to do. In reality, if you had both the time and the money, you could literally spend years fully exploring this part of the country, but let’s take a look at three ideas you should consider when holidaying in North Queensland.
Anywhere there is vibrant coral and sea life, the most obvious leisure pursuit is to go snorkelling. While scuba diving is another world in itself, not everyone is licensed to dive and it can be expensive. Anyone can snorkel and buying or hiring the gear is relatively cheap compared to scuba gear. If you book a boat charter or holiday package, generally you’ll find the use of snorkelling gear is free.
Snorkelling and free diving is a relaxing way to soak up the sights of this natural underwater paradise. Most coral reef is quite shallow, so you can get up close and personal to the ocean creatures without the need to dive deep. Most of the time, you can get a good look at everything while floating face down on the water’s surface.
One thing you can be sure of when visiting the Great Barrier Reef is that there is no shortage of islands and resorts you can visit. One island you should definitely include on your itinerary is Pelorus Island. It’s part of the Palm Island group and is located not far from Townsville.
One of the biggest attractions of Pelorus Island is the coral that borders its shores. There is a lot of soft coral in the area, such as sea fans and whips that flow back and forth with the currents. It’s also due to these island currents that you get to see different varieties of sea life at different times of the day. If you dive or snorkel around Pelorus, you’ll be amazed by all the colourful fish, turtles, guitar sharks and a variety of rays, including the leopard ray.
You’re also allowed to camp out on stunning, unspoilt Pelorus Island. However, as there are no amenities or fresh water available, you need to bring everything with you.
The best way to see Pelorus Island and all its wonders is to arrive by charter boat.
Speaking of charter boats, whether you want to visit islands such as Pelorus Island, nearby Orpheus Island or want to cruise to the outer Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling or diving, get on board the luxurious and well-appointed M.Y. Flying Fish, a 32 metre motor yacht with helipad and alfresco wining and dining.
Whether you charter the Flying Fish for a day or an overnight stay, it’s the ultimate way to travel the Great Barrier Reef’s amazing waters. There’s nowhere you can’t go when you’ve got your very own yacht.
You’ll visit the very best dive sites and fishing locations, along with being able to drop in at various island resorts in the area. You can even stop off for a picnic on one of the region’s remote sand cays.
The M.Y. Flying Fish is 3 decks of pure luxury with all the modern amenities you could ever dream of. It’s the best way to see the reef and all it has to offer.
Now that you’ve researched what things to do on the Great Barrier Reef, it’s time to book your holiday! Check out these packages here.