Just off the northern coast of Australia lies the world's largest coral reef. Spread out over more than 2,000 km, this underwater wonder known as the Great Barrier Reef can even be seen from space. Home to an amazing array of marine life, there approximately 1500 kinds of fish living in the reef ranging from angelfish, cod and manta rays to mackerel, butterfly fish and surgeon fish. There are also 3 species of turtle who call the reef home including the green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtle. There are 4,000 species of shellfish that live on or near the coral reef as well as crabs, shrimp, sea urchins, sea stars, sea cucumbers, soft corals, sea fans, sponges, sea anemones and worms. There are a number of ways to make the most of this World Heritage Listed natural wonder. Snorkel and scuba dive the reef to get up close and personal or enjoy the reef from the comfort of glass bottom boats, semi submersibles and underwater observatories.
Queensland's coastline is dotted with stunning islands, many of which feature or are National Parks and are set against the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. A great deal of Heron Island is National Park while Hayman Island features walking trails and remarkable scenery. Long Island is mainly National Park with fantastic rainforest and walking tracks while Orpheus Island is home to a magnificent National Park and a variety of wildlife. North is Hinchinbrook Island which boasts a fabulous National Park and bushwalking tracks as does nearby Dunk Island. Fitzroy Island enjoys lush rainforests, excellent walking trails and spectacular views while Green Island is renowned for is beautiful rainforest and naturalist guided walks. Along with stunning scenery, these National Parks are also home to a wide range of wildlife and bird species including Egrets, Doves, Ospreys, Sea Eagles, Silvereyes and Woodswallows.