Great Barrier Reef holidays

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the longest and largest coral reef in the world. So large that it can even be seen from space. For years, the reef has been the number one draw for Brits visiting Australia and, with endless opportunities to encounter marine life, it’s clear why. Snorkel and swim with dolphins, manta rays and sharks, spot different kinds of marine turtle species and explore psychedelic natural coral gardens.

Why visit the Great Barrier Reef? 

If you're an ocean lover with a fascination for marine wildlife, there's nowhere better than the Great Barrier Reef. Explore tropical islands with swirling white sands, snorkel with turtles and soak up the Australian sunshine - it's easy to see why Great Barrier Reef holidays are so popular!

The Great Barrier Reef runs parallel to Australia's East Coast, stretching for 2,300 kilometres from the Capricorn Coast around Bundaberg to Cape York in the far north. In Queensland, you can road trip alongside the reef, hopping off the mainland for day trips as you go. Alternatively, stay one of the castaway Whitsunday islands, snorkelling straight off the perfect beaches.

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Conserving the coral reef

It's important to note that the Great Barrier Reef is currently facing huge threats. Over the past three years alone, huge swathes of the coral have experienced mass bleaching events, draining the reef of both colour and life. While we most certainly encourage you to go and explore this amazing underwater world for yourselves, it's crucial to do this responsibly. Before visiting, please read our blog about conserving coral reefs and help keep our planet beautiful. 

How to visit the Great Barrier Reef

There are literally dozens of ways to explore the Great Barrier Reef, from snorkelling day trips to multi-day sailing tours, island resort stays, boutique cruises and scenic flights. With so many options available, deciding where to stay, what to do and how to visit the Great Barrier Reef can be a tricky business. To help you get started, we've put together a comprehensive guide to visiting the Great Barrier Reef, and you should find plenty of inspiration below too.

Luxury Great Barrier Reef holidays

If you're looking to splash out, there are some seriously indulgent island resorts scattered across the Great Barrier Reef. These boutique beach retreats are perfect for honeymoons, anniversaries and other special occasion trips. Head for dreamy Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, disappear into the tropical Daintree Rainforest and live it up in lovely Port Douglas. Take a look at these luxury holidays, combining the Great Barrier Reef with some other highlights of Australia and give us a call on 1273 320 580 to start planning your trip.

Australia multi-centre holidays including the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is, without doubt, one of Australia top highlights. Not only that, but its coastal and island resorts are brilliant places to take a breather during a longer Australia trip. Whether you opt for a classic Australian East Coast road trip or so-called 'rock and reef' holiday, there's an easy to include the Great Barrier Reef in your holiday. Even better, there's a style of accommodation to suit every kind of traveller, from campervans to first-class luxury resorts. We tailor-make every holiday to suit your style and budget, so any trip is possible. Here are a few ideas, all of which are fully customisable to you - call us on 01273 320 580 or request a quote by email.

Great Barrier Reef family holidays

With its magical underwater world, the Great Barrier Reef makes an unbeatable destination for a family holiday. Think beautiful beaches, plenty of space, clear waters, sunshine and mind-boggling array of marine life. Queensland is family-friendly from top to bottom, and there are lots of beautiful places to explore all along the coast, from the Daintree Rainforest to quiet beaches of the Capricorn Coast. Whether you choose to rent and car and stay in hotels or plump for a family campervan, you're guaranteed a holiday that the kids won't forget. 

Want to visit the Great Barrier Reef?

We can help you plan a fantastic Australia itinerary that suits your style and budget precisely. Contact our Australia experts on 01273 320 580 or request a quote by email, or see all of our tailor-made Australia holiday ideas. Our blog is also full of tips and tricks about visiting Australia, so dig around and see what you can find. 

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