Great Barrier Reef

The 2300-kilometre Great Barrier Reef is the only ‘living organism’ visible to the naked eye from space. It is home to more than 2000 species of fish, plus myriad other creatures. There are clown fish, surgeon fish and glow-in-the-dark coral trout; dugongs, turtles and giant clams. Snorkelling and diving is nothing short of phenomenal. Towns such as Townsville, Cairns and Port Douglas all have charters out to the reef, and there are also the islands with great fringing reefs for snorkellers. Try Lady Elliot, Lady Musgrave and Heron islands: at all three, watch for sea turtles and manta rays. In the far north, Lizard Island has excellent dive sites including the clam gardens at Mrs Watsons Bay and the Cod Hole, where 50-kilogram-plus potato cods can be fed and touched.

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