is a great place to visit the Great Barrier Reef.
with Port Douglas, Cairns
is the best place in
Australia to take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef.
reef is much closer to the mainland here than further south, and the
fact that it's quicker reached makes
it cheaper than what you would pay down south.
tours take you out to the reef, others (or you can just catch the
ferry) go to Fitzroy Island
and Green Island,
where you can snorkel to watch
the reef. The tours
depart from The Pier
Jetty or Trinity
often they start about 8am and return latest 6pm.
Most tours include breakfast
The use of snorkelling gear is also included in price.
some of the most
popular tours that depart from Cairns.
The full list is in the Destination Guide.
Trips to Fitzroy Island
Island outside Cairns is a popular island to visit.
I did it more than 10 years ago,
before the digital cameras and before I was into photography, but despite that you can see
beautiful and colourful the island is. I did it
as a day trip and it
was great, although there
is a beautiful
Fitzroy Island if you want to stay a while and make the most of your
a bar and a
lunches, and if you stay over
night there is a restaurant
that is only open night time.
even if you don't stay and only visit on a day trip, you can still use
the resort facilities.
are right off the beaches which makes it a great place to snorkel and watch
It is also a great place to walk
along the beaches, or just laze a day
Fitzroy is a continental
island as opposed to Green Island that is a coral cay.
It means it's larger and hillier than Green Island.
and you can experience it on an easy stroll called the Secret Garden
you want to get more active, there is the steep (and longer) walk to
the top of the highest point of the island - the Lighthouse and Summit
Once you are at the top you can walk to a lookout point where
there are views over Coral Sea and the Little Fitzroy Island.
I will be back on my next trip to Cairns, and will be uploading fresh
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