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The Great Barrier Reef Bucket List

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2 GREAT BARRIER REEF When David Attenborough calls something the "most exciting natural history experience" of his life, you know it's got to be pretty epic. Delving into the bustling underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef is as fascinating as it is incredibly mysterious. We know it's one of the world's best assets – we give it prime position on our bucket lists, yet too many of us don't have a clue how to actually DO the Great Barrier Reef. Where does one start? It's not just about strapping on a mask and snorkel, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed reef can be appreciated at all angles and heights. In this ebook we've compiled a bucket list for the Great Barrier Reef – from the southern reaches off Bundaberg to the tip of Cape York – and some of the options might surprise you. From taking it all in from the basket of a hot air balloon, to joining a liveaboard dive expedition, to visiting a turtle rehabilitation centre, wherever you might be based when you're visiting Queensland, as long as you're near the coast, you can easily tick the world's best managed reef off your bucket list. What experience will you tackle first? From the team at Tourism and Events Queensland PS. We'd love to know what you think of this ebook! Head to for more Great Barrier Reef stories and add your comments, or drop us a line at media@ Welcome! Cover image credit: Under the sea at Lady Elliot Island by Al Mackinnon (courtesy of Matador Network). Yup. We know. With 2300km of reef, and 1050 islands and coral cays over five distinct precincts, it's more than likely not all the great reef experiences made it into this ebook. What you've got here are the opinions of the editors, based on their own first-hand experience and research, as well as conversations with businesses and regional tourism operators. If something's missing, let us know – because dang, we've got our snorkel packed and want to know it too. And, yes, there could be a follow up! Also, if you like what you read and want to see the reef for yourself, don't forget to call ahead and check in with the operators for departure times and distances. Like all things in life, some of the adventures here are subject to change without notice. Tourism and Events Queensland cannot be held accountable or liable for any bookings, loss of business, income loss, inconvenience, injury or death, as a result of information in this ebook. Finally, if this ebook inspires you take on Jacques Cousteau, we'd love to hear about it. Pin it, Facebook share, 'gram it and Tweet it to the world – use the hashtag #thisisqueensland – and plan your next reef holiday at

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