Check out the following categories for Things to Do in and around the Great Barrier reef (A to Z order) –

  • Aboriginal Experiences
  • Adventures & Outdoors
  • Family-Friendly Tours
  • Fishing Tours
  • Food & Wine Tours
  • Great Barrier Reef Tours
  • Marine Life Experiences
  • Multi-Tours
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Night Tours
  • Overnight & 4WD Tours
  • Port Visits
  • Rainforest Tours
  • Scenic Flight Tours
  • Short Tours
  • Thrill-seeker Activities

 

Aboriginal Experiences

The Aboriginal culture along the Great Barrier Reef coastline is celebrated and explained through interactive events, displays and demonstrations on land and offshore from Gladstone through to Cape York. Visitors are guided to catch and then sample traditional Aboriginal tucker, do hands-on craft workshops, visit cultural festivals, take guided tours, and get a deeper understanding of the beauty of indigenous art.

Cairns Region

 

Whitsundays Region

 

Southern Region

 

Adventures & Outdoors

The natural environments of the great outdoors in and around the Great Barrier Reef feature spectacular watercourses, mountains and ravines secreted in lush rainforests. The landscape diversity is as varied as the coloured coral clusters and myriad schools of sea life in the hues of the rainbow. There are walking and hiking adventures aplenty through national parks in World Heritage areas but if getting there faster is your goal try biking, horse-riding, helicopters or a motorboat along the river. Snorkelling, paddling, water-rafting, diving, glass-bottom boating, parachuting and a myriad of other guided activities are possible in the many areas where the tourism system operates.

Cairns Region

 

Whitsundays Region

 

Southern Region

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Family-Friendly Tours

The Great Barrier Reef is a family-friendly region which offers a wide range of activities that will both excite and educate people of all ages. There are water, land and rainforest options that can be relatively relaxing or strenuous depending on levels of enthusiasm. The kids will be excited to check out the mysteries of the ancient Paronella Park near Innisfail, ride horses along the Cape Tribulation Beach, lunch with lorikeets in Port Douglas, do whale watching near Hervey Bay or just go snorkelling in the shallows of one of the many islands. There are dozens of family-friendly tours to choose from.

Cairns Region

 

Whitsundays Region

 

Southern Region

 

Fishing Tours

Recreational fishing is a way of life in towns along the Great Barrier Reef but it also has a world reputation for big game fishing. There are many fishing tours, overnight charters and more available for keen anglers who want to land a giant black marlin. They also appeal to amateurs wanting to dangle a line to catch a coral trout or a barramundi. More serious fishers are also attracted to many remote Cape York options.

Cairns Region

 

Whitsundays Region

 

Southern Region

 

Food & Wine Tours

The fresh fish, meat and produce grown in tropical regions adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef make dining a very special celebration in this part of the world. There are many luxury resorts and 4-star and 5-star restaurants operating the length of the reef in various towns and holiday catchments. But there are also tour operators who take the experience to the next level by offering meals in spectacular settings overlooking the Coral Sea from land and on water. Bush tucker fine dining is a real thrill but also consider stopping at the traditional markets where the locals buy their daily subsistence. And don’t bypass the roadside outlets that offer catch-of-the-day menus.

Cairns Region

 

Whitsundays Region

 

Southern Region

 

Great Barrier Reef Tours

There is no limit to the range and variety of tours available to expose you to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, its underwater treasures, its magnificent islands and local mainland communities. They leave from the southern reef region, the Whitsundays, Magnetic Island off Townsville, Cairns, Port Douglas and points in between. The options are enticing and you would like to do them all but pick what suits your fancy from any number of snorkel and dive trips, sailing to, from or around islands, swimming with minke whales or diving with sharks.

Cairns Region

 

Whitsundays Region

Southern Region

 

Marine Life Experiences

There is an abundance of unique marine life which is reasonably accessible on the Great Barrier Reef. And that means you can get up close and almost personal with them. On the Outer Reef, you can swim among shoals of colourful reef fish which dart down into the coral. You can dive with packs of sharks, swim with whales, snorkel with turtles, or spend mesmerising hours in the region’s major aquariums. Many operators offer half-day and full-day tours synchronized to the seasonal appearances of some special and rare marine specimens.

Cairns Region

 

Whitsundays Region

 

Southern Region

 

Multi-Tours

Make the most of the time you have to explore the Great Barrier Reef by combining your discovery tour options. There are single-day and multi-day varieties that harness value without sacrificing the experience. For example, look for jet skiing and rafting packages in the Whitsundays, a Skyrail and Kuranda Rail tour to Kuranda, a fly ‘n’ drive Cooktown journey, any number of dive and snorkel packages, or jungle-surfing to multiple locations in the Daintree.

Cairns Region

Whitsundays Region

 

Southern Region

 

Nature & Wildlife

The estuaries and rivers of the Coral Sea combine with the humid environment of the tropics to support a potent natural ecology of rainforest trees and bird species, wildlife and waterways that harbour a myriad of freshwater fish and other marine life.  From the southern Great Barrier Reef through to the tip of Cape York, this climate has bred its own unique denizens, from rare frogs and turtles to lizards,  crocodiles (protected), and 430 species of weird and wonderful birds. Here visitors can get a real feel for the tropics by feeding wallabies, holding baby crocs, walking at dusk under the rainforest canopy to a chorus of honeyeaters, monarchs and owls, or watching the turtles hatch.

Cairns Region

 

Whitsundays Region

 

Southern Region

 

Night Tours

The action on the Great Barrier Reef doesn’t stop when the last reef tour boat docks. There is so much more to see, hear and experience to make the most of your visit. Night markets in many major centres sell local handicrafts and Aboriginal art, there are reef and rainforest dinner shows, some involving mystery locations, nighttime dives on the Reef, spooky caves to be explored and rainforest walks to find nocturnal animals.

Cairns Region

 

Whitsundays Region

 

Southern Region

 

Overnight & 4WD Tours

There are many ways to explore from the comfort of a vehicle the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and its inland communities. The range of tour options covers all possibilities, from 4WD day tours to extended overnights in the rainforest and outback hinterlands. The options and styles of tours vary, depending on local conditions, from Lady Elliott Island on the southern rim of the Great Barrier Reef, through the Capricorn Hinterland and the Whitsunday Islands, to Cairns and the tropical Daintree Rainforest, and beyond to Cooktown and Cape York. Start planning your adventure by checking what’s on offer in these three major regions of the Great Barrier Reef.

Cairns Region

 

Whitsundays Region

 

Southern Region

 

Port Visits

Take a leisurely boat cruise on the blue waters of the Coral Sea to experience a variety of ports-of-call after leaving from Cairns, the Whitsundays or Port Douglas. Try snorkelling off the tropical Low Isles, enjoy a ship-to-shore break on Lizard Island in the Far North, stop for a half-day on Green Island or experience a beach landing in a helicopter in the Whitsundays.

Cairns Region

 

Whitsundays Region

 

Southern Region

 

Rainforest Tours

There is a wide range of tours designed to help visitors get their best rainforest experience. They vary in style from a focus on single locations to experiencing multi-activity combinations.   So check out the Daintree hikes, Kuranda rainforest fun, various eco-tours up and down the coast, waterfall excursions into the forest, Aboriginal culture tours,  and Cooktown adventures.

Cairns Region

 

Whitsundays Region

 

Southern Region

 

Scenic Flight Tours

Once you have experienced the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef by diving with the fishes through coral, it’s time to broaden your perspective by seeing it from the air. There are many options to appreciate the reef and rainforest canopy from on high, for example, in a Hamilton Island helicopter or a Whitsundays seaplane. And if those heights are not to your liking, try hot air ballooning from the Atherton Tablelands. There are full-day charter flights or shorter scenic trips available in light aircraft and choppers throughout.

Cairns Region

 

Whitsundays Region

 

Southern Region

 

Short Tours

Limited time or half-day tours allow visitors to do as much as possible during their holidays in the Great Barrier Reef paradise. There are many half-day visits to the reef and rainforest, up the rivers and out to the cascading falls. Look for sunset cruises, dinner shows featuring local produce, crocodile and wildlife performances, parachute jumps, hot-air balloon rides at dawn or dusk, or rail and river journeys. The choices are many and they appeal to all ages.

Cairns Region

Whitsundays Region

Southern Region

 

Thrill-seeker Activities

From skydiving over the Whitsundays to crocodile spotting on the Daintree and white-water rafting on the Tully River, there are so many options to challenge eager adrenaline junkies tracking the Great Barrier Reef. Think about taking a high-flying hot-air balloon ride or step it up with a jet-ski and ocean raft combo exploring the islands.

Cairns Region

 

Whitsundays Region

 

Southern Region