The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s biggest single structure made by live organisms, billions of tiny creatures known as coral polyps have built the reef over the last 600,000 years.


The Great Barrier Reef runs for more than 2300km along the northeast coast of Queensland from Bundaberg in the south to the tip of Cape York in the north. It is the largest natural feature on earth and can be seen from space.


Cairns is one of the best starting points for a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. There are a large number of companies dedicated to getting visitors out to experience the reef at a variety of different dive sites.


People interested in scuba diving can take week-long trips to the Outer Barrier Reef or do a ‘learn to dive’ course while in Cairns.


For less adventurous visitors, or those with health concerns, there are snorkelling tours of the Great Barrier Reef; you don’t even have to get your feet wet with Green Island and the pontoons on the reef offering glass-bottomed boat tours.


Unique to the area are the various ‘underwater walking’ machines that give visitors an opportunity to experience the reef without having to worry about learning to dive or not having enough air to breathe. You can even use them if you can’t swim.


Sailing around the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef is another fantastic activity. Visitors can choose from day trips or stay for up to a week. There are also private charter boats available for any length of time.


Experiencing the Great Barrier Reef is easy, you just have to decide which fantastic activity you’ll enjoy first.

New Horizon Sail & Dive
PO Box 5957
P: + 61 7 4055 6130