You may or may not have what is called a “bucket list,” but if you do, you more than likely have places in the world that you need to see. Most everyone knows that the continent of Australia is sitting there, just waiting, with it’s Downunder appeal:- Kangaroos, Shrimp on the Barbie, The Opera House, topless beaches, and one of the magic places in all of the world, The Great Barrier Reef.
Even if you are not an avid swimmer, you are still drawn to the crystal blue waters and the vivid tropical sealife. The Reef is truly amazing! It stretches 1800 kms (1200 miles) from the northern tip of Australia to just north of Brisbane. Imagine this: You are 50 kms (30 miles) offshore, the hills behind Cairns are a smudge on the western horizon. The Reef itself is 5 to 10 metres (15 to 30 feet) below the bottom of your boat.
There are several boat trips leaving from Cairns and Port Douglas and you want to be sure to prebook your Reef Trip well before you arrive so you do not miss out. There are some for the younger crowd and others that are more deluxe and private.
If you visit Hamilton Island, and want more luxury, be sure to arrange your Australian Vacation with a CustomTravel Planner on www.Australian.com You may also want to scuba dive. If you are a beginner, you can take a "resort dive” and actually dive one on one with an instructor. The Reef boats for snorkeling and diving have knowledgeable and licensed guides.
Also available off Hamilton Island are sailing boats that you can actually sleep on. Some have facilities for private charters, small parties of up to 6 couples. You can snorkel, swim, sleep and dine on your own private sailing boat while the crew look after you.