VISIT THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

swim, snorkel or dive a reef so big you can see it in space

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GRAB YOUR FLIPPERS AND WETSUIT

Check out the technicolor coral and marine life through a glass-bottomed boat from coastal hubs such as Cairns, Port Douglas, Townsville, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Mackay, Mission Beach and Airlie Beach. Or experience the reef’s smooth seas, deep drop offs, underwater tunnels and caves with a dive school or day trip operator. Snorkel or dive the edge of the continental shelf at Agincourt Reef from Cairns, explore the SS Yongala shipwreck from Townsville and Magnetic Island and the Llewellyn shipwreck from Mackay. See sea stars, crabs corals, molluscs at Fitzroy, Capricorn and Bunker Reefs near Gladstone. Or kick through vivid coral canyons and past marine turtles near Lady Elliot and Lady Musgrave Islands. In the Whitsundays, the warm clear water and psychedelic coral reefs are just a day trip from your Airlie Beach or island resort.

THREE WAYS TO EXPLORE THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

FIVE STAR HOTEL - HILTON SURFERS PARADISE

Hilton Surfers Paradise brings a new kind of indulgence to the heart of the Gold Coast. With spectacular views of the beach, cityscape and magnificent Gold Coast Hinterland, the hotel offers an unprecedented range of accommodation options - from luxurious Hilton Guest Rooms to stylish Residences, all with Hilton's famous hospitality and services as standard.

PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS

You must have a valid U.S. passport and a visa to enter Australia.

HEALTH CONCERNS

In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to Australia. However, insect repellents and other measures to prevent mosquito bites are strongly advised for many areas, especially the Northern Territory and Western Australia, because of the risk of Murray Valley encephalitis, Ross River virus infections, and other mosquito-borne illnesses