The Great Wall of China considered one of the wonders of the world is the only man-made structure that is so amazing in its construction that it can be seen from outer space, but it is not the most outstanding visual of earth from space. Of the seven natural wonders of the world, there is only one that overshadows the Great Wall in size and from outer space, steals any attention the Wall may have from those lucky astronauts lucky enough to have the view, and from the rest of us, what we can only see in pictures.
The only living thing that can be seen from space is the undeniable beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Although splendid from up above, why enjoy it from afar when you can travel to it and experience it up close and personal? Australia is home to the Great Barrier Reef and both the country and the natural wonder are undoubtedly the most exhilarating places to see!
The state of Queensland is Australia’s second largest size-wise and is the third most populated. Brisbane is the state capital and like every other capital city in Australia, it welcomes visitors to enjoy all the outdoor activities that the tropical climate allows for and entices all to engage in its history and culture through the many historic sites, landmarks, amazing tours and even such events as festivals and performing arts features. Although other cities have their highlights, such as the magnificence of the Sydney Harbour and the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Brisbane boasts the natural perfection of the Great Barrier Reef.
There is no other place in the world like the Great Barrier Reef. It is the world’s largest coral reef that is made up of more than 3000 individual reefs. The marine life that exists here is so incredible that it can be considered a paradise underwater! There are over 400 types of coral, over 1500 species of tropical fish to be found, more than 200 types of birds and so much more with giant clams, sea turtles, rays, reptiles and a myriad of other living entities. Although always a pleasant surprise to discover new life or creatures and organisms, it would not be all that surprising to know the discovery might be made here in the reef, with its vastness still possibly keeping many secrets.
The Great Barrier Reef is world famous and is the most sought after destination for tourists. Be sure you are one of them as a chance to see the reef is no chance to balk at! When you plan your visit, you will be challenged with many choices. There are several accommodations to choose from, many islands you can explore and a considerable number of towns and cities you can discover with the likes of Cairns, Townsville, and Rockhampton.
Find a hotel in Cairns and find the Great Barrier Reef right at your doorstep and take some time to also enjoy the pristine beaches, the tropical rainforests, visit other islands and find out more about the local wildlife.
When you visit, it is recommended that you find a high standard tour operator that can take you out for an unforgettable experience, to learn about and experience the reef at the fullest but also keeping high standards for respecting the reef and preserving the reef as it is with minimal impact on the marine life when you engage in such activities as anchoring or snorkelling, among other permitted activities.
Take a tour on an aircraft or helicopter or get on board a cruise ship or a passenger ferry. There are many ways to tour the reef. For some information on tours visit our section in top menu.