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Top things to do in Great Barrier Reef

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Hill Inlet (Airlie Beach, Australia)
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$152* and up
Ranked #1 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Trail Bike Adventures (Cairns, Australia)
Ranked #2 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Motorcycle Trails
Owner description: Join us for a world class full service off-road trail bike adventure tour of a lifetime on exciting trails through the world... more » Owner description: Join us for a world class full service off-road trail bike adventure tour of a lifetime on exciting trails through the world famous World Heritage listed areas of Cairns, the Tablelands and Cape York area in style on current model Suzuki DRZ400E, and experience the many river crossings, splendid scenery and abundant wildlife. come riding with North Queensland Trail Bike Adventures, safe in the knowledge that your holiday will be memorable from start to finish and a remarkable experience with our pride being dedicated customer satisfaction and professional care. Once discovered, never forgotten! « less
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Whitehaven Beach (Whitsunday Island, Australia)
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$133* and up
Ranked #3 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
Uninhabited Whitsunday Island is home to this beautiful beach, one of the world's most spectacular.
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Lake McKenzie (Fraser Island, Australia)
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$245* and up
Ranked #4 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Grassy Hill (Cooktown, Australia)
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$209* and up
Ranked #5 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Lookouts; Landmarks
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (Palm Cove, Australia)
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$72* and up
Ranked #6 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Farms
Owner description: Located just 40 minutes north of Cairns and 25 minutes south of Port Douglas, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is simply the... more » Owner description: Located just 40 minutes north of Cairns and 25 minutes south of Port Douglas, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. With over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna.Enjoy our entertaining and educational wildlife presentations including snakes, cassowaries, koalas, crocodiles, quolls and much more. Take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to see crocodiles and other wildlife on our melaleuca wetland. Learn about sustainable use and conservation on our Crocodile Farm tour. The newly opened Gondwana Gateway is an innovative addition to Hartley’s where you can learn about the evolution of Australian wildlife in a beautiful forest setting surrounded by living descendants of Australia’s ancient past. Enjoy a delicious snack in Lilies Restaurant overlooking Hartley’s Lagoon and find that perfect gift, including crocodile leather products, in the Paperbark Gift Shop. Open daily from 8:30am to 5:00pm, this multi-award winning eco-adventure attraction is located just 100 metres off the Captain Cook Highway on the spectacular scenic drive between Cairns and Port Douglas. « less
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Muddy's Playground (Cairns, Australia)
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$28* and up
Ranked #7 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Playgrounds
Owner description: Muddy's playground is open every day of the year between 9am and 7pm (including public holidays and weekends). Sections of... more » Owner description: Muddy's playground is open every day of the year between 9am and 7pm (including public holidays and weekends). Sections of Muddy's are closed for maintenance on Tuesday and Thursday mornings until noon. Even when maintenance works are being carried out, Council aims to have at least half the playground available for use. Muddy's is a modern, fun, safe, splash playground and parkland. It incorporates active, passive, interactive and educational facilities with a combination of play equipment. Muddy's playground is themed "Life in Trinity Bay" and the playground includes water play areas plus a flying fox, sound chimes, track ride, rope bridge, slides, play houses, story telling areas, see-saw, trick track and puzzle games. Please note that the disabled-use Liberty Swing uses the MLAK national keying system. For access please ask at Muddy's cafe. Muddy's has two toilet facilities one at the north end of Muddy's near the cafe and one at the southern end of Muddy's. Muddy's has barbecues, picnic tables and an on-site cafe. « less
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Heart Reef (Airlie Beach, Australia)
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$205* and up
Ranked #8 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Jezzine Barracks (Townsville, Australia)
Ranked #9 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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$28* and up
Ranked #10 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Beaches; Amusement/ Theme Parks; Water Parks
Owner description: Escape the summer heat at one of Cairns' best known landmarks, the Esplanade Lagoon. Set on the Cairns foreshore overlooking... more » Owner description: Escape the summer heat at one of Cairns' best known landmarks, the Esplanade Lagoon. Set on the Cairns foreshore overlooking Trinity Inlet, the 4800 sq metre saltwater swimming lagoon offers locals and tourists a year round safe swimming location. Saltwater is pumped from the inlet and filtered through a state of the art filtration and chlorination system, to meet Australian Standards. The kids can enjoy the sandy edges, build sand castles and play in shallow water. On the other side of the Lagoon, visitors can lounge on the timber decks in moderate shade. Shady trees, landscaped gardens and open spaces all contribute to the leisurely atmosphere on the Esplanade The Lagoon is open 6am - 9pm Thursday - Tuesday, Midday - 9pm Wednesday all year round.While you are on the Cairns Esplanade why not check out the Cottage Industry Market, 8am - 4pm every Saturday, in the Plaza just next to the Lagoon. Why not enjoy the weekend's live music featuring local bands with the stage set up next to the Lagoon. The Cairns Esplanade also boasts Beach Volleyball Courts, Bouldering Park, Skate Park, BBQs, Active Living Fitness Classes, Muddy's Playground, Funship Playgrounds and so much more, all free for casual use. Come along and enjoy! « less
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Esplanade Boardwalk (Cairns, Australia)
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$28* and up
Ranked #11 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Trails; Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: The Cairns Esplanade is a picturesque 2.5km stretch of foreshore in the heart of Cairns that is managed by Cairns Regional... more » Owner description: The Cairns Esplanade is a picturesque 2.5km stretch of foreshore in the heart of Cairns that is managed by Cairns Regional Council. The parklands, playgrounds, boardwalk, Lagoon and recreational facilities are all free entry. Come along and enjoy this stunning facility. « less
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The Strand (Townsville, Australia)
Ranked #12 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
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Bluewater Lagoon (Mackay, Australia)
Ranked #13 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Water Parks; Amusement Parks
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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (Smithfield, Australia)
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$167* and up
Ranked #14 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Trams; Off road/All Terrain Vehicle Trails
Owner description: Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns Australia, is a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience... more » Owner description: Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns Australia, is a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforest canopy and deep into the forest. The Skyrail experience, spanning 7.5kms over pristine rainforest, allows you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rainforest and learn about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth. « less
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Airlie Beach Lagoon (Airlie Beach, Australia)
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$14* and up
Ranked #15 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Beaches
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AJ Hackett Bungy (Smithfield, Australia)
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$96* and up
Ranked #16 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: As the innovators of modern day Bungy, AJ Hackett prides itself on developing and running the world’s most exciting,... more » Owner description: As the innovators of modern day Bungy, AJ Hackett prides itself on developing and running the world’s most exciting, adrenalin pumping challenge for any thrill seeker. Set in lush tropical rainforest of North Queensland, AJ Hackett Cairns, the ONLY Bungy site in Australia, has been Bungy Jumping for over 21 years and even offers a jump menu of 16 different styles that tests the most hardcore adrenalin junkies!In keeping with the AJ Hackett spirit of stretching limits, the Minjin Jungle Swing was created to allow 1,2 or 3 people to experience extreme speed and acceleration together. The only multi-person Swing in Australia swoops through the jungle from 45 metres down to 1 metre in 3.5seconds, reaching speeds up to 120km/h. But don't think this is a show ground ride - you have the control! You're pulled up 45 metres until you're lying horizontally above the rainforest then it's all in your hands.....all you have to do is pull the self release....AJ HACKETT CAIRNS – EXPERIENCE IT FOR YOURSELF « less
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Castle Hill (Townsville, Australia)
Ranked #17 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Skydive Airlie Beach (Whitsunday Island, Australia)
Ranked #18 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Other
Owner description: Skydive Airlie Beach and experience sensational coastal views of the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands, and North... more » Owner description: Skydive Airlie Beach and experience sensational coastal views of the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands, and North Queensland! Tandem skydive over Airlie Beach with up to three of your friends - and freefall for 60 heart-stopping seconds from the insane altitude of up to 14,000 feet. Who thought skydiving Airlie Beach could be this incredible? « less
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Cairns Botanic Gardens (Cairns, Australia)
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$28* and up
Ranked #19 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
Owner description: The Cairns Botanic Gardens are a tropical paradise where you can explore the beauty of tropical plants, relax in stunning... more » Owner description: The Cairns Botanic Gardens are a tropical paradise where you can explore the beauty of tropical plants, relax in stunning surroundings and learn about tropical flora and horticulture. The Gardens are open from 7.30Am to 5.30Pm every day of the year and entry is free. The Botanic Gardens includes several spaces used for demonstrating the diverse plant life that can be found within a tropical climate. The Cairns Botanic Gardens include: Flecker Garden Centenary Lakes - Saltwater and Freshwater The Rainforest Boardwalk Mount Whitfield Conservation Park The Gondwanan Heritage Garden « less
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Michaelmas Cay (Cairns, Australia)
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$167* and up
Ranked #20 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Islands; Nature and Parks
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$147* and up
Ranked #21 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Magnetic Island Forts Walk (Magnetic Island, Australia)
Ranked #22 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Islands
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach (Fraser Island, Australia)
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$141* and up
Ranked #23 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
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Lake Wabby (Fraser Island, Australia)
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$245* and up
Ranked #24 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Atherton Tablelands (Cairns, Australia)
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$88* and up
Ranked #25 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Marineland Melanesia (Green Island, Australia)
Ranked #26 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Aquariums; Zoos
Owner description: Marineland Melanesia Crocodile HabitatSituated on beautiful Green Island off Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. Home to... more » Owner description: Marineland Melanesia Crocodile HabitatSituated on beautiful Green Island off Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. Home to Cassius - largest captive croc in the world at nearly 5.5 metres. Set on 3/4 acre garden setting with over 60 crocodiles, sea turtles, tropical fish aquariums, and museum of primitive art and marine artefacts. See our crocodile feeding shows at 10.30 and 1.30 daily, and have your photo taken holding a baby crocodile. Ask about our family rates.At our entrance you will find our gift shop, with a fantastic range - and the best prices. Souvenirs, T-shirts, beach clothing, towels, sunscreen, shells, coral, gemstones and jewellery. We make beautiful gemstone and coral jewellery here in our shop as well - take home something unique to Green island. « less
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Palm Cove Beach (Palm Cove, Australia)
Ranked #27 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
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Capricorn Caves (Rockhampton, Australia)
Ranked #28 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Zoo (Rockhampton, Australia)
Ranked #29 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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Mission Beach (Mission Beach, Australia)
Ranked #30 of 163 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Beaches

Mission Beach is a wonderful place to spend a few days relaxing on a glorious part of the coastline. If you are looking for more things to do and you have private transport then... more »

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