The Great Barrier Reef
World Heritage listed, the Great Barrier Reef is within easy reach of Port Douglas – there are comfortable boats leaving daily from the Mirage Marina to conduct viewing, snorkeling and diving operations. Experience one of the seven natural wonders of the world, right at our door step is the amazing Great Barrier Reef. This underwater botanical garden is one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. The Great Barrier Reef is a living home to thousands of marine plants and animal species stretching more than two thousand kilometres along the Queensland Coast to form the world’s largest reef system.
The basis of the reef is the seemingly endless variety of corals, displaying every conceivable colour, shape and form. Marine animals that live among the coral reefs afford brilliant displays of multicoloured movement. Starfish and sea cucumbers, giant clams, anemones, turtles, eels, rays, sponges and shells – there is just so much to see on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef.
A holiday highlight for every visitor is to sail out across the Coral Sea to spend a day or even longer on the Great Barrier Reef. Port Douglas is the nearest departure point for Low Isles and the Great Barrier Reef tours on the Tropical North Queensland Coast. A wide range of reef tours available means there is a trip to suit everyone, whether you are a novice diver, certified diver, snorkeller or a non-swimmer there are several different reef destinations to choose from for all ages. Our Tour Desk will assist you in choosing the best adventure to suit your personal needs.
All tourism operators act as guardians of the Great Barrier Reef. Their concern and knowledge insures that the Great Barrier Reef remains ecologically sustainable and a world class destination.