The Great Barrier Reef, located in Australia, attracts over 1.5 million visitors each year. Considered to be one of the seven wonders of the natural world, it is the largest coral reef on earth and is filled with plenty of marine life.
The reef is so big that it can even be seen from space and is the only living entity that is able to be seen from so far.
There are many ways to see the Great Barrier Reef, such as snorkeling, diving, sailing, and even flying. From tropical rainforests and hundreds of stunning islands to the beautiful blue ocean, there is something here for everyone to see.
Mission Beach is a beautiful area where the rainforest gives way to secluded beaches that are very close to the Great Barrier Reef. Those who are big on the outdoors can trek through this area of rainforest to reach their own private beach and enjoy the reef and water without the crowds.
Lizard Island is truly a tropical paradise and is the epitome of relaxation. A total of 24 gorgeous beaches are on the island to explore, and visitors can swim in the Blue Lagoon.
There is a plethora of birds here for those who love to birdwatch, along with many goannas. Close to the Great Barrier Reef, this is the perfect island to visit for those wanting more solitude in a breathtaking island escape.
Southern Great Barrier Reef
The Southern Great Barrier Reef is very different from the rest of the reef. Not as highly traveled, the Southern Great Barrier Reef is filled with many laid-back cities, including one named Seventeen Seventy. One of the beaches is dedicated to surfing, where anyone who wants to learn can do so here. Many stunning types of marine life can be seen here, such as coral gardens, manta rays, and turtles.