The Great Barrier Reef on the Cheap

Author: , March 28th, 2013

Australia Gay TravelThe Great Barrier Reef’s ecosystem is incredibly rich, and even though you might not be, it’s a world wonder simply not to be missed. Undoubtedly, you’re in for a splurge on the airfare to get Down Under, but, happily, once you touch down, there are plenty of value Great Barrier Reef activities that won’t break the bank. Base your stay, like I recently did, in the well-serviced tourist center of Cairns or on Fitzroy Island, just offshore, and look out for these great ways to encounter the reef on the cheap, along with a couple of budget-friendly lodging options.

What to Do

Visit an Offshore Island: The coastlines of the coral reef-fringed tropical islands set just outside of Cairns are prime for swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing on the beach. Great Adventures offers eco-friendly (both ecologically and economically) day trips out to the lush 37-acre Green Island, inclusive of catamaran transfers (about one hour each way), snorkeling gear rental or a glass-bottom boat tour, buffet lunch, and self-guided rain forest walks (from $88/adults).

Or, try reef-meets-rain forest Fitzroy Island, for plenty of water-based diversions and short hikes in the national park reserve; stick around for the night on the budget-friendly onsite campsite (see below). Raging Thunder offers day trips from Cairns centered around snorkeling and sea kayaking tours of the island (45-minute transfers; from $102/adults, including lunch, snorkeling gear, and more).

Authored By Elissa Richard – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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