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Do Not Miss The Great Barrier Reef On Your Australian Tour

May 24, 2008
If you are looking for a vacation where you find yourself scuba diving and snorkeling, you owe it to yourself to check out Australias Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is where you can enjoy the immense beauty, color and richness of a truly natural underwater wonder. Do not forget The Wet Tropics Rainforest is just a short distance away from from any of the towns in the tropical Far North of Australia. You are sure to enjoy the salt spray while lounging on a tropical beach and take in the picturesque tablelands plateau.

The Great Barrier Reef is fun for all ages and group sizes. Sample luxurious resorts or stay in a more adventurous setting such as tent accommodations. Whatever you are looking for on your Australia vacation, A helicopter or seaplane ride is a once in a lifetime experience as you can get a birds eye view of the reef as well as marine life.

Thirty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises have been recorded as well as six species of sea turtles come to the reef to breed. Bring your family or friends to check out Humpback whale season which last from June until September. Sea Turtles lay their eggs on the beach and their young can be spotted from November through May. In the Southern Hemisphere, November is the equivalent of May in the Northern Hemisphere so prepare appropriately for summer weather. Salt water crocodiles live in and around the mangrove and salt marshes and approximately over 120 shark, stingray, skates or chimera species live on the reef.

If you have the budget you can actually stay on the Reef at either Lizard or Hayman Island. Lizard Island is a luxury tropical resort with two dozen secluded beaches along with a comprehensive Pavilion Day Spa. Hotel staff can even prepare a picnic basked, arrange for snorkeling equipment, and even arrange for you to take a trip in a glass bottom boat perfect for viewing the reef and the sea creatures below. Spend the whole day but bring an underwater camera so that you can share your experience with those less fortunate souls back at home as well as save memories for years to come.

In order to arrive at your resort destination, you will need to coordinate with your resort which airport or helicopter service is most appropriate. Also keep in mind that you may not be allowed to bring very much along with you. 15 kilograms is a good estimate as to how much luggage you may bring. Because of the remoteness of some of your travel, be prepared to bring only what you are willing to carry.
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