Great Barrier Reef: Wonder of Nature
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The Great Barrier Reef:
The Only Living Creature Visible from Space
Recently Roxana from Travel n Escapes contacted me to ask if I’d like for her to do a guest post on my blog. I told her to send through her ideas and what we came up with with is the following post. Roxana is my very first guest writer on this blog so a very big welcome to her!
The Great Barrier Reef, a remarkable Australian site is well-known for being among the seven natural wonders. The versatility of marine life, coral clays and scenic landscape along with sun-kissed beaches make it a highly wanted place to spend your holiday. Over 2900 reefs and 900 islands are just the right pick if you seek a peaceful, environmentally-friendly holiday at a single place made out of living organisms seen from the outer space.
Despite its extraordinary scenery and Aboriginal heritage, the Great Barrier Reef is environmentally endangered. Thirty species of dolphins, numerous whales, sea turtles, crocodiles along with their habitat are suffering the consequences of pollution and climate change. Due to ocean warming, corals experience bleaching whereas nearby farms cause pollution to the biodiversity.
During last couple of years, this touristic destination has been a place a large number of holidaymakers want to visit due to its picturesque beaches and rich wildlife. The Great Coral Reef has turned out to be a magnet for visitors: tourists, people seeking sports activities, mariners, biologists and others keen on spending their time in one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you are interested in photography, be sure to bring along your top equipment as the sights and scenery will leave you breathless and you will surely want to capture as much extraordinary moments as you can.
What Not to Miss
If you are interested in the most popular places to visit while exploring the Great Barrier Reef, you should definitely pin Machans Beach, Yorkey’s Knob, Holloways Beach, Trinity Beach and Clifton Beach which are ideal if you fancy swimming in the ocean during the summer months. However, you should be aware of two species of jellyfish which are known for floating in the waters near the coast.
What is more, Cairns and The Whitsundays are renowned due to their accessibility. If you are neither aviophobic nor acrophobic, you should definitely experience seeing the reef from the air, an experience that will definitely leave you speechless. If you are all in for sports, you are at the right place.
You could go snorkelling or kayaking, high intensity activities that will keep you fit even on a holiday. There are also places to practice golf and water sports. Diving in Cairns is also an extremely popular thing to do.
However, if you would like to get a glimpse of what it was like long time ago, you could take Aboriginal tours to explore the indigenous culture.
Where to Stay
When it comes to accommodation, you need to be aware of the fact that you may need top service once you want to unwind in your bed after a long day of wildlife exploring and sports activities. However, bear in mind that there are places which overcharge for the accommodation. I suggest you stay at Port Douglas and find something to fit your needs. Last time I visited the Reef I stayed at a cute and affordable family run hotel that turned out to be a gay friendly resort, but nevertheless I had the loveliest time. The service was impeccable.
Be Green, Save the Reef
By supporting ecotourism in the Great Barrier Reef you foster environmental and cultural understanding. Ecologically sustainable tourism in this area is among top reasons why you should opt for spending holiday here because you will be investing not only in your personal unwinding at a picturesque place, but helping save the reef as well. Moreover, you could help stop the reef from deteriorating by implementing some eco-friendly activities in your daily life: use energy saving devices, use cosmetic products that are biodegradable, recycle and make sure you practice that when you visit the Great Barrier Reef. Your visit is more than a holiday, come and help save the magnificent place!
Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing by following her on twitter.