When David Attenborough calls a place 'the most exciting natural
history experience' of his life, it must be pretty magical, and the
Great Barrier Reef most certainly is. Start with the obvious and go
diving or snorkelling for the day, because the reef is home to more
than 1,500 species of fish, over 3,000 species of molluscs, six of
the world's seven marine turtle species, 30 species of whales and
dolphins and one of the world's healthiest dugong populations.
That said, non-water babies shouldn't be fooled into thinking
the reef isn't for them. In fact, there are a surprising number of
ways to enjoy the beauty of the corals and the contrasting colours
of the sea, shore and sky without ever getting your toes wet. Some
of our favourites include taking a yacht out to sunbathe and watch
the sunset; flying over the reef in a light aircraft; enjoying a
massage perched over the ocean off Hamilton Island; and horse
riding along Cape Tribulation beach.
If you're looking to combine sand and seafaring with some
luxury, the Whitsundays are one of our favourite destinations.
Enjoy fantastic diving and walks on pure silicon white sand
(Whitehaven Beach, we're looking at you) alongside private yacht
charters, helicopter rides and seriously beautiful accommodation.
Basically it's pretty hard to go wrong here.