A Great Barrier Reef Vacation
A Great Barrier Reef vacation has incredible diving. It is the world’s largest coral reef.
About the Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia.
It stretches for some 1,600 miles and over an area of over 130,000 square miles.
The pictures on this page are from a trip I took with a friend to the Reef. We had a great time exploring the underwater treasures of this natural reef.
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A Clown Fish in Hiding!
The Great Barrier Reef supports a wide diversity of fish and other animals. It is a trip well worth considering if you are an avid diver.
There are large parrot fish (some of the largest I have ever seen), turtles, clown fish and more. Much of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park which helps the underwater life flourish.
There are many great sites to see. For example, one major draw is the sunken remains of the SS Yongala wreck. It is largely intact and is located around 56 miles from Townsville and 10 miles on the cost.
Sea Turtle near the SS Yongala
The SS Yongala
A cyclone sunk the SS Yongala and its 49 passengers and 72 member crew in 1911. It is surrounded by beautiful coral and abundant marine life. You can see grouper, turtles (see pic), moray eels, sharks and more. The diving is for intermediate and advanced. There is a strong current and it is deep.
You are not allowed to penetrate the hull and when we were we heard a story of someone who disregarded this requirement (twice) and was taken away by authorities!
For the reasons noted above, a Great Barrier Reef dive vacation is high on the priority list for many divers.
Very Large Parrotfish! - Great Barrier Reef Vacation
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