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Billabong Sanctuary (Townsville, Australia)
Ranked #31 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Visitors to this wildlife sanctuary can interact with many native animal species in three habitat areas: rainforest, eucalypt... more » Owner description: Visitors to this wildlife sanctuary can interact with many native animal species in three habitat areas: rainforest, eucalypt forest and wetlands. « less
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Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Zoo (Rockhampton, Australia)
Ranked #32 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Gardens; Parks; Outdoors
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Trinity Beach (Cairns, Australia)
Ranked #33 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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James Cook Museum (Cooktown, Australia)
Ranked #34 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: History Museums; Museums
Owner description: First opened in 1970, this museum, housed in a spectacular 19th century convent building, showcases the history of Cooktown,... more » Owner description: First opened in 1970, this museum, housed in a spectacular 19th century convent building, showcases the history of Cooktown, from Cook's landing in 1770 to the more recent past. The exhibits include the original anchor and one of the cannon jettisoned from Cook's Endeavour in 1770, items from the Palmer River gold rush and personal items and stories from Cooktown's early residents, making this an unmissable part of your visit to Cooktown.The James Cook Museum is operated by the National Trust Queensland, a membership-based community organization dedicated to the promotion and care of Queensland's cultural and natural heritage. « less
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Fitzroy Island National Park (Fitzroy Island, Australia)
Ranked #35 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: National Parks; Outdoors
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Horseshoe Bay (Bowen, Australia)
Ranked #36 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
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Renegade Fishing Charters (Hamilton Island, Australia)
Ranked #37 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Owner description: A premier fishing charter in the Whitsundays offering half, full day, extended full day and overnight charter options. Fish... more » Owner description: A premier fishing charter in the Whitsundays offering half, full day, extended full day and overnight charter options. Fish in comfort onboard our 40ft game fishing boat fitted out with a toilet, indoor lounge seating and sound system. All charters include bait, quality rods and reels, softdrinks and water. All full day options include morning tea and lunch. Experience the best of what the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday islands have to offer! « less
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Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime (Mossman, Australia)
Ranked #38 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Glacier Rock lookout (Cairns, Australia)
Ranked #39 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
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Daydream Island Living Reef (Daydream Island, Australia)
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$91* and up
Ranked #40 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Daydream Island’s amazing Living Reef is a must see on the island. Located at the entrance to the resort, it is one of the... more » Owner description: Daydream Island’s amazing Living Reef is a must see on the island. Located at the entrance to the resort, it is one of the world’s largest man-made living coral reef lagoons and features more than 80 species of marine fish and 50 species of coral. This microcosm of the Great Barrier Reef continues to capture the imagination of tourists young and old; with guests having the opportunity to hand feed resident stingrays, sharks and barramundi. « less
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Cairns Night Zoo (Palm Cove, Australia)
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$87* and up
Ranked #41 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: We have a long standing reputation for offering our guests a great Australian night out! You get the opportunity to... more » Owner description: We have a long standing reputation for offering our guests a great Australian night out! You get the opportunity to experience nocturnal wildlife in the tropics at Cairns' one and only Night Zoo.Our guides will greet you at 7.00pm sharp at the Night Zoo entrance and escort you to our famous Aussie BBQ. Enjoy a delicious barbeque dinner of steak, sausages and seafood with fresh garden salads followed by a dessert. Relax with a drink from our licensed bar.After dinner, our guides will provide you with a torch and lead you into the darkness to meet the creatures of the night. Learn how owls hunt, touch a possum and pat a koala. On clear nights our guides will take you star gazing. See the Southern Cross, the Big Dipper and other well known constellations.Follow our guides as they lead you safely through the crocodiles' lair. See the croc eyes glow in your torchlight.In the Aussie bush, there's always a chance you will cross paths with a "Swaggie" (an original Australian bushman). Join our hospitable Swaggie and enjoy billy tea and damper with him by the campfire. His friends, the kangaroos, will come down to say G'day and maybe even share a bite to eat!After complimentary cold beer or wine, join in the fun as our guides teach you some famous Aussie Bush Dances. Dance and sing along - it's more fun than you can imagine! « less
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Eurimbula National Park (Agnes Water, Australia)
Ranked #42 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: National Parks; Outdoors
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Whitsunday Great Walk (Airlie Beach, Australia)
Ranked #43 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Hiking Trails; Trails; Outdoors
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Crystal Cascades (Redlynch, Australia)
Ranked #44 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Waterfalls; Outdoors
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Red Arrow Walk (Cairns, Australia)
Ranked #45 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Owner description: Behind the Botanic Gardens is Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, home to the Red and Blue Arrow Trails. These two linked... more » Owner description: Behind the Botanic Gardens is Mount Whitfield Conservation Park, home to the Red and Blue Arrow Trails. These two linked tracks ascend the slopes of Mount Whitfield. The Red Arrow loop trail (1.5Km return) beginning at Collins Avenue, climbs 100m in elevation through rainforest, Eucalypt forest and grasslands to a lookout above the Cairns International Airport offering views over the city and out to Green Island. A short link trail ascends a further 50 metres to another lookout from where the Blue Arrow loop trail (4.5Km return) commences. The Blue Arrow trail takes you through mainly rainforest to an elevation of 300m. About half way around, a short side track will take you to a lookout on the summit of Mt Lumley Hill where you get views along the coast to the north of Cairns. « less
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Lake Birrabeen (Fraser Island, Australia)
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$569* and up
Ranked #46 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Behana Gorge Waterfall (Cairns, Australia)
Ranked #47 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Waterfalls; Outdoors
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St Monica's Cathedral (Cairns, Australia)
Ranked #48 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
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Cairns Tropical Zoo (Palm Cove, Australia)
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$45* and up
Ranked #49 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
Discover Australia's unique animals through hands-on experience in tropical surroundings.
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Hamilton Island Marina (Hamilton Island, Australia)
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$136* and up
Ranked #50 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Marinas; Outdoors
Owner description: Passenger ferry services are available at the modern Hamilton Island Marina. Tour operators offering excursions to Whitehaven... more » Owner description: Passenger ferry services are available at the modern Hamilton Island Marina. Tour operators offering excursions to Whitehaven Beach, the Great Barrier Reef and other Whitsunday Islands are also based at the Marina. « less
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Townsville Palmetum (Townsville, Australia)
Ranked #51 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
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Cairns Harbour Cruises (Cairns, Australia)
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$35* and up
Ranked #52 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Bodies of Water; Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Alongside Cairns is a magnificent tidal estuary that is rarely seen, except by fishermen. Only accessible by boat, M.V.... more » Owner description: Alongside Cairns is a magnificent tidal estuary that is rarely seen, except by fishermen. Only accessible by boat, M.V. Crocodile Explorer is a comfortable, air-conditioned vessel taking small numbers of visitors along Trinity Inlet on this scenic nature cruise. With waterways winding through a 300 square kilometre maze of mangroves, expect rich diverse wildlife, stunning scenery and a relaxing cruise with informative commentary from our crew. This is the saltwater crocodile’s natural habitat – with a chance to spot them basking on the muddy banks particularly in the cooler months. Cairns Harbour Cruises depart daily at 11.00am and 1.30pm for a 2 hour cruise.We also offer an evening cruise departing at 5.30pm daily.Picture yourself drinking sparkling wine while watching the tropical sunset from Trinity Inlet. A sunset cruise aboard the MV Crocodile Explorer sets the tone for an unforgettable evening. As our friendly crew greet you on board you will be offered a welcome drink to enjoy on deck prior to departure. The Sunset Cruise allows passengers to soak in beautiful views of the waterways, mangroves and mountains in the magical early evening sun. The 90 minute cruise includes a sparkling wine, standard beer, wine or soft drink and savoury nibbles on arrival. « less
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Freedom Fast Cats (Rosslyn, Australia)
Ranked #53 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Ferries/ Boats; Other
Owner description: Join our experienced crew for a memorable day exploring the Keppel Islands as only we can show you. Fun for all the family,... more » Owner description: Join our experienced crew for a memorable day exploring the Keppel Islands as only we can show you. Fun for all the family, there are 2 choices with and without wet activities - glass bottom boat, lunch on board, snorkelling, boom netting and a visit to Great Keppel Island. Or why not spend a the night or longer on Great Keppel Island. « less
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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium (Townsville, Australia)
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Ranked #54 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Educational Sites; Islands; National Parks; Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is the world's largest living coral reef aquarium and the Australian Government's... more » Owner description: Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is the world's largest living coral reef aquarium and the Australian Government's national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef. Reef HQ Aquarium provides the most outstanding Great Barrier Reef Aquarium experience through education, inspiration and entertainment. Discover the beauty and wonder of the 2.5million litre Coral Reef Exhibit will open your eyes to an amazing world filled with thousands of charismatic marine creatures. Immerse yourself in the underwater viewing tunnel offering magical views of a living coral reef and the predators that prowl the watery depths. Explore the remarkable 750,000 litre Predator Exhibit featuring a replica bow section of North Queensland's most famous shipwreck the S.S. Yongala, home to some the Great Barrier Reef's most iconic predatory species. Experience a creature feature workshop offering a supervised 'hands on' encounter with some of the amazing creatures that call the Great Barrier Reef home. Appreciate the challenges face by Reef HQ Aquarium's turtle hospital patients and how you can play a role in protecting marine turtles in the Great Barrier Reef. The turtle hospital operates and promotes the C.A.R.E (Conserver. Act. Rehabilitate. Educate) philosophy playing a key role in raising community awareness. Join our experienced and friendly reef interpretation staff on one the Reef HQ Aquarium's premier visitor experiences. Let our volunteers inspire you as they share their passion for the Great Barrier Reef. Located on Flinders Street East, Reef HQ Aquarium is an easy walk from Townsville's CBD, The Strand, Magnetic Island ferry terminal and the Townsville cruise terminal. « less
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Archer Park Rail Museum (Rockhampton, Australia)
Ranked #55 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Museums
Owner description: Archer Park Rail Museum tells the story of rail in the Rockhampton district. Housed in Archer Park Station, built in 1899, it... more » Owner description: Archer Park Rail Museum tells the story of rail in the Rockhampton district. Housed in Archer Park Station, built in 1899, it features displays of rail memorabilia, a variety of rolling stock including carriages and engines, and the only working Purrey Steam Tram in the world (operating Sundays, March to October). Experience a steam train arriving at the station with the Digital Soundscape system. Open Monday to Friday and Sundays, 9am to 4pm. Archer Park Rail Musuem is owned by Rockhampton Regional Council. Rockhampton Region - gateway to Central Queensland. « less
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Cod Hole (Lizard Island, Australia)
Ranked #56 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Geologic Formations; Outdoors
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Agnes Water Visitor Information Centre (Agnes Water, Australia)
Ranked #57 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Other
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Cooktown History Centre (Cooktown, Australia)
Ranked #58 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Green Island (Cairns, Australia)
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$626* and up
Ranked #59 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
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Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park (Caravonica, Australia)
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$140* and up
Ranked #60 of 148 attractions in Great Barrier Reef
Category: History Museums; Theaters; Specialty Museums; Outdoors
Owner description: Experience authentic Aboriginal culture through exhibits and performances in five theaters, a museum, art gallery, and a... more » Owner description: Experience authentic Aboriginal culture through exhibits and performances in five theaters, a museum, art gallery, and a traditional Aboriginal camp. « less
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