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Agincourt Reef is found on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. It is made up of several ribbon reefs that run parallel to the continental shelf.
Ribbon reefs, such as those found at Agincourt, are considered to be the most pristine ecosystems in the Great Barrier Reef, making them great for both snorkelling and scuba diving. Agincourt Reef is located 65km off the coast of Port Douglas and is often visited by tours departing from here, taking only about 90 minutes to reach.
Cairns is a top destination for anyone coming to Australia. It is considered to be the key to the Great Barrier Reef and boasts a huge array of day trips and overnight trips that venture to the Great Barrier Reef and beyond. It has a humid, tropical climate that requires visitors to dress in light clothing and lather up sunscreen, not to mention the need to stay hydrated!
Diving is an exciting and demanding activity. It is important to ensure you are medically fit to dive before trying out this fun underwater activity! The purpose of establishing fitness to dive is to reduce risk of diving related medical conditions that may endanger you or those around you. For this reason, all divers must fill out a medical questionnaire to rule out any known or suspected pre-existing conditions that may affect your ability to dive. Such conditioned are generally an indication of the person's psychological suitability for diving and has no reference to their diving skills.
Cairns itself has much to offer to its visitors! There are the nightly markets, the Cairns lagoon, bars, shops, restaurants and more. It has plenty of things to keep you busy in the day and night and has something for every type of traveller. It is family friendly, but also has plenty to do for solo travellers, honeymooners and more.
If you’re a backpacker, spending your time and money on accommodation might not be your top priority. Most travellers who are backpacking are usually keen to save their money for experiences and tours rather than on bed and board. That’s where the invention of the hostel comes in. They are usually pretty cheap and allow for a few types of accommodation, meaning if you want to super save, you can stay in a dorm, or if you’re keen to have privacy and not to spend ton, you can get a private room in a hostel.
Millaa Millaa Falls are one of the most famous waterfalls in Northern Queensland, and certainly the most famous in the Atherton Tablelands. They are the most photographed waterfalls in Australia, known for their beauty and stunning surroundings. The waterfall stands 18.3 metres tall and those brave enough to swim in the cool waters can actually climb up behind the falls for a whole new point of view of the falls and surrounding rainforest.
There are three major types of coral reefs that exist around the world, two of which are common to the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns. The types of reef are barrier reefs (hence the name of the Great Barrier Reef) and fringing reefs, both common to the Great Barrier Reef, as well as atoll reefs, which are rare.
Kuranda is a village located in the Atherton Tablelands, 25km Northwest of Cairns. It is known as the 'Village in the Rainforest' and is full of fun and amazing things to do and see. Many visitors make their way by driving up the Kuranda Range, the Kuranda Scenic Railway or by gondola, all of which offer a different perspective of Kuranda and the surrounding area.
Situated on the Cairns Esplanade is a pristine swimming lagoon, perfect for the whole family, free of charge, and open to everyone. It is home to the iconic Woven Fish of Cairns, which are often photographed and have become a beacon for those looking to explore the beautiful tropical city. They sit in the middle of the Lagoon, often surrounded by playing children and relaxed tourists, who have come to enjoy this icon of Cairns for themselves.
Green Island is a small resort island located 27km offshore of Cairns and boasts a variety of activities to fill your days of relaxation and exploring. Whether you're enjoying the island on a day trip from Cairns or are spending time on their 46-room resort, Green Island is a quaint oasis from which you can explore the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. With so much to do, Green Island is the perfect way to spend your next tropical escape.
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