Great Barrier Reef Vacation

by: Gabrielle Scott

What is the Great Barrier Reef

The world's largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef stretches almost 1500 miles into the Pacific from the tip of Queensland. Designated a Marine Park by the Australian government and a World Heritage Area by UNESCO, the reef is home to an extraordinary abundance of species and habitats.

What to do

Snorkeling, diving and fishing are rightly popular along the reef, nowhere more so than on the Whitsunday Islands, where the silica sands and aqua waters of the Coral Sea create the perfect beach escape.

Accommodations

A one week stay in Jack & Newell Cairns Holiday Apartments will be included in this package, located on 27 Wharf Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia. The Great Barrier Reef Visitors Bureau provides you with one easy booking centre for all of your extensive itinerary planning, including resort & hotel accommodation, tours & cruises, dive trips and car rentals - just one enquiry does it all... and our service is FREE with no hidden fees or handling charges.

Restrictions and Travel information

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.


As well as observing fishing regulations, it is important that those who fish adopt responsible fishing practices while out on the water. These practices help protect the natural environment, maintain the ecological balance of the Reef and contribute to improving its general health. Report tagged fish, suspected illegal fish kills (large numbers of dead fish) and entrapped marine animals.


Make sure to aquire your passport by folowing these steps

1. Fill Out Form DS-11: Application For A U.S. Passport
2. Submit Completed Form DS-11 In Person
3. Submit Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
4. Present Identification
5. Submit a Photocopy of the Identification Document(s) Presented (Step 4)
6. Pay the Applicable Fee
7. Provide One Passport Photo