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This is one of the best places to see when you are in Australia!

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is located in the Coral Sea, just off the tropical coast of the state of Queensland.  The Reef is home to millions of species of fish and other creatures of the ocean.  However, it is the structures formed by the coral that draw most visitors to the area.

The Reef can be accessed via flights from all of Australia’s major cities.  It only takes a couple of hours or so to fly there from Sydney.  Most tourists choose to stay at one of the many resorts on the islands that border the Reef.  They range from small and intimate luxury hotels to larger resorts with several standards of accommodation, including facilities for those on a tight budget.

Boat trips to the Reef itself run regularly.  Visitors are encouraged to snorkel in the warm water so they can get a close-up view of the magnificent coral and the colourful fish that swim through its towers and tunnels.  For the more adventurous, deeper diving escapades are readily available.  Inexperienced participants can even take classes to ensure they can manage the sophisticated skin diving equipment involved.

Apart from the natural beauty of the Reef, the resort islands themselves offer many pleasures.  Beaches with pure white sand and turquoise waters are perfect for lazing around and taking a well earned rest.  Restaurants and bars cater for most tastes and many become fine entertainment venues with live music and dancing once the warm sun disappears and night falls.