Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef islands, Whitsunday Islands, Serena Renner

Top 8 Great Barrier Reef Islands

It’s no surprise that the largest reef system in the world would be festooned with tropical islands. But the sheer number of offshore paradises makes it difficult to decide which one to call home. Some islands are accessible and filled with hotels and activities while others require a bit more know-how. Here are eight of the best Great Barrier Reef islands to consider for your next trip to Australia’s natural wonder.

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April 14, 2015 by
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Townsville, Queensland, Weekend Trip to Townsville

Weekend Trip to Townsville

While not as popular as its big sister Cairns four hours (or one hour flying) to the north, Townsville is an equally intriguing Australian beach town at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics of North Queensland. The town itself boasts some beautiful shoreline, a peaceful botanic garden, lively markets, and fascinating […]

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March 17, 2015 by
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Touring the Torres Strait

Torres Strait, Horn Island, Torres Strait dancers, Torres Strait culture

Many people know the Torres Strait through an island song that has a repeating lyric “Old T.I. my beautiful home.” T.I. stands for Thursday Island, the business hub in this chain of 274 isles off the far northern tip of Australia. Touring the Torres Strait, about a two-hour flight from Cairns, offers a completely new […]

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February 24, 2015 by
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Night Diving from Cairns

night diving from cairns, night diving great barrier reef, coral sea, coral at night,

Like rainforests and zoos and markets and deserts, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is another world after dark. When the diurnal sea creatures go to bed, the shrimp and crayfish come out of their dens, eels and octopus hide in rock crevices and sharks circle the area looking for food. Dog face fish, black spotted puffer […]

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February 19, 2015 by
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Discover Atherton and the Tablelands

A trip to Milaa Milaa Falls is a great way to discover Atherton and the Tablelands.

Unfolding along the Great Diving Range about an hour and a half southwest of Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands are full of contrasts. The area boasts a tropical climate and waterfalls surrounded by old-growth rainforest as well as crater lakes, lava tubes and a thriving agricultural industry centered on dry farming. Once known for tin mining […]

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January 17, 2015 by
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North Queensland Aboriginal Experiences

From fishing to eating traditional "bush tucker," there are many ways to experience North Queensland's Aboriginal heritage.

North Queensland is rich in Aboriginal heritage, with groups like the Kubirri Warra and Tjapukai inhabiting the region for tens of thousands of years. Several tours give visitors a glimpse into indigenous culture through traditional hunting and gathering demonstrations, shopping for Aboriginal arts and crafts, eating “bush tucker” and learning Dreamtime stories amid some of Australia’s […]

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January 2, 2015 by
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