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  • Yongala Wreck

    Yongala Wreck
    The Yongala was a luxury passenger ship sunk in a cyclone on 23rd March 1911. The wreck was found in 1958. The wreck is primarily interesting for the marine life that it attracts and is one of Australia's top dive sites.
    Yongala Wreck
  • Snorkeling

    Snorkeling
    The Great Barrier Reef is a coral formation, the largest in the world. It is a paradise for snorkeling.
    Snorkeling
  • Whitsunday Island

    Whitsunday Island
    Whitsunday Island is the largest island in the Whitsunday Islands archipelago, and home to the famous Whitehaven beach. Whitehaven beach's main attraction is the pure white silica sand, along a seven kilometre (4.5 mile) stretch. Sun glasses are essential!
    Whitsunday Island
  • Green Island

    Green Island
    Green Island is a 6000 year old coral cay located in Great Barrier Reef. The island is approximately 15 hectares in size and is unique in that it has a reef and rainforest environment. Of the 300 coral cays in the Great Barrier Reef, Green Island is the only one with a rainforest.
    Green Island
  • Heron Island

    Heron Island
    Diving is superb and close by including the famous Heron Bommie which has been featured in many underwater documentaries. Mantas, rays, reef sharks and turtles are seen on almost every dive. The corals are colourful and relatively unspoiled.
    Heron Island
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    How to get there

    By plane to Brisbane, then by car or to one of the smaller seaside airports. Cairns is considered the gateway to the reef, but boat day trips run from most of the length of the Queensland Coast. You may also stay overnight at a number of reef islands.

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