Enjoy your holidays with the underwater world – Great Barrier Reef
About Great Barrier Reef:
The Great Barrier Reef is a great natural wonder and the largest reef in the world that contains nearby 3000 individual reefs, thousands of plants, birds and marine creatures along with 880 islands. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and it is the only living thing on the earth which is visible from the space. The marine park sprawled over 3000 km almost parallel to the Queensland coast, from the southern coastal town of Bundaberg. The reef is between 15-150 kilometers offshore and 65 km wide. Great Barrier Reefâ€™s coral gardens comprise many astonishing underwater attractions including the largest collection of corals, dolphins, sea turtles, varieties of tropical fish, reptiles. The reef located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. This iconic Great Barrier Reef is one of Australiaâ€™s most impressive natural landmarks and one of the underwater worldâ€™s wonders too.
The Great Barrier Reef Weather report:
Tropical North Queenslandâ€™s weather is a mix-up of heavy sunshine, cool breeze, balmy sea breezes. The Great Barrier Reef weather can be divided into two seasons as summer period with mild temperature, higher rainfall & winter with bright temperature, low rainfall.
Summer or otherwise could say â€œWet seasonâ€ starts from November to April whereas winter or â€œDry seasonâ€ beings from May to October. During summer season there will be a heavy pour at afternoon and occasional storms. The winter season offers bright sunshine, cool breezes with low humidity. The tourist can swim all around the year in Tropical North Queensland. Traditional swimming season usually falls on April and October. Seawater temperature ranges from 23 degree Celsius to 29 degree Celsius in the months from July to February. MinimumÂ temperature is 21 degrees Celsius and maximum temperature is 30 degrees Celsius. The average rainfall is 168mm per month.
The best time to visit The Great Barrier Reef:
From June to November is the best time to visit the GBR because the weather is mild and the tourists can obtain a good visibility. From December to March there is abundant rainfall in Northern Queensland. Hence it is better to skip this period.
There are many dangerous stingers under the seawater. Though the Great Barrier Reef is an alluring place for around the clock, particularly the stinger season comes around November to May, which might interest the tourists to swim inside the sea. However, proper precautions should be taken to avoid fatal before drowning into the sea.
Some Interesting facts about the Great Barrier Reef:
- This reef is bigger in size than the United Kingdom, Holland and Switzerland combined.
- Great Barrier Reef is approximately half the size of Texas, the United States.
- GBR is about 20,000,000 years old
- It comprises the size of 70 million football fields
- The Great Barrier Reef alone generates more than 6 billion dollars worth revenue every year through tourism
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority collects $6 per day from the visitors and the fund goes for their attempts to protect the ecosystem of the reef.
- 60 to 80 years is the average lifespan of sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef
- GBR coast has 12 shipping ports and most of the visitors visit the Port of Cairns
- The corals in the reef have been destroyed by the Crown of Thorns Seastar, a kind of pest that eats coral polyps.
- GBR Marine park contains 3000 coral reefs, 300 coral cays, 600 continental islands and in addition about 150 inshore mangrove islands
- GBR Marine Park was created by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act in 1975
- Therefore UNESCO has recognized Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site in 1981 for its significance.
- As a result, over two million tourists visit each year and it has been a good holiday destination for families, kith, and kin.
The activities to watch and enjoy in GBR:
Many reefs in the GBR are at low pitch, therefore allows the tourists to walk on the top of the reef, on sandy tracks between the living corals. Tourist if accommodated with a naturalist guide, this walk would be a great experience to learn more about marine life.
Snorkeling & diving
Wearing a mask and fins, watching a close up look at sea turtles, rays, sharks, corals and tropical fish of every size and color is really an exotic moment. Most of the Snorkeling & diving on the reef is based on the boat.
A liveaboard is the best option to make diving as much as possible. This allows the reef-goers to dive for four times a day, including nights and makes to visit remote parts of the Great Barrier Reef. The charge is around $800 for four-day/three night for the liveaboard trip.
If the tourists want to see over the reef, it is advised to take a helicopter or seaplane tour. They charge almost $270 for every 30-minute scenic flight. The popular spots are Whitsunday islands, Cairns and Airlie beach.
The greatest islands in the Great Barrier Reef are:
- Hamilton Island
- Daydream Island
- Orpheus Island
- Haggerstone Island
- Lizard Island
- Wilson Island
- Hayman Island
- Heron Island
Accommodation at GBR:
There are umpteen accommodations available in Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Cook Town & Cape York Peninsula, Port Douglas, and Cairns. These are the places which offer excellent accommodation along with a variety of foods. In conclusion, tourists can plan their visiting places and the accommodation according to their convenience.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Official Website: http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au