The Great Barrier Reef- Our Trip to the coastline of Queenslands, Australia
Our last and final trip of our duration here in Australia is the Great Barrier Reef. For the longest time I have always dreamed of going there. Never even thinking I would ever have the chance, myself, Ben, and our two teammates Taylor Berrington and Jack Ashman are accompany us in our 10 days in paradise.
Listed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef not only is the largest coral reef system in the world with over 2,900 reefs and 900 islands stretched over an area of 133,00 sq mi., it more impressively can be seen from outer space.
We left out of Melbourne Sunday morning and flew straight to Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday’s. Arguably considered the start of the Great Barrier, the Whitsunday’s or Whitsunday Islands is a very popular tourist destination in Queensland, mainly due to their pristine beaches and and beautiful surrounding coral.
One of the popular destinations in the Whitsundays is Whitehaven Beach, ranked the #3 Best Beach in the World and this is why…
We stayed 3 solid days on the mainland in Airlie Beach and adventured off into the reef to dive and snorkel for a couple days. We were able to do that without the fear of Irukandji Jellyfish, jellyfish the size of your finger nail that inhibit the coastlines of the Great Barrier. They have one of the most powerful stings arguably when stung, delivers the most pain a human can endur…but don’t you worry they’re not there until another couple months.
We then traveled up to far northern Queensland to Cairns, where we currently are one the most popular tourist destinations. Filled with countless amounts of backpackers, Cairns is the perfect spot to lay back, relax and take in the Reef. We will doing many adventures, including diving and snorkeling, and hopefully getting a good view a top the Bungy Jumping ledge. Will will hopefully go father north for a day and walk around the Daintree Rainforest glide through the tree’s in the Daintree’s Canopy Surfing. Interestingly enough, Cairns does not have beaches, due to the Saltwater Crocodile infested waters. Luckily, Cairns has man-made so we won’t come back with any Croc scars.
We are incredibly excited to be up in paradise tomorrow and experience what not many people have before. The Great Barrier Reef will surely be a great natural playground to be in,