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Australia Vacation Packages - The Awesome Barrier Reef

Author : Hunter Zimmerman


Australia Vacation Packages - The Great Barrier Reef

Australia is one of the oldest and most beautiful lands on Earth with parts geologically dating back 4.5 billion years. This long history has given Australia an unique look and landscape and a sense of ancient mystery you can feel in the air. Whether you are looking to explore the last vestiges of the world's most ancient land (literally) or wanting to book a magical romantic getaway that you and your significant other will remember fondly forever there is something for virtually everyone around the Great Barrier Reef. There are hotels as upscale and luxurious as anything you have ever seen on down to remote island camping adventures. Whether you want to pitch a tent or have mints on your pillows the barrier reef is a getaway that you will love.

Finding the Best Place to Stay on the Reef

While there are a number of resorts around the region of the barrier reef, there are only a few actually on the reef itself. If you want to get up close and personal with the reef then you'll want to book a resort on Lizard Island or Hayman Island. Likewise, Heron Island and Wilson Island are both part of the massive reef system. Heron Island is a more traditional resort setting but if you're looking for something a little different you can check out Wilson. Wilson Island has room for up to a dozen guests in permanent, designer tents.

If your destination of choice isn't available when you want it or maybe not quite in your budget right now there are other options. You can try some of the coastal resorts. A few examples are Thala Beach Lodge, the Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa and Coconut Beach Rainforest Lodge.

When to Book Australia Vacation Packages

Australia is on the opposite corner of the world from the United States so the seasons are reversed. On top of that the positioning of the Great Barrier Reef puts it further away from the pole so it's a more tropical climate anyway. If it's winter here then Australia is in a tropical summer.

If you're going for the wildlife, check with the conservation agencies or travel guides to find out when animals are more in the open. Humpback whales can be seen from June to September and turtles will start laying eggs on the beach, with hatchlings being visible around November to May.

Getting To Your Resort

Transportation to and from the airport is not a complicated affair. This is especially true the more local to the airport your resort is. There are more than just rental cars available, there are also local transports to the resorts. Some of the more remote resorts may require using their own air transports or you might have to take a trip on a boat but they will get you there safe, happy and in one piece.

What to Bring to the Reef

Bring yourself, your sense of adventure and some simple gear for getting the water. You don't have to tote scuba gear with you but the reef is shallow, so bring some snorkel gear with a clear mask of decent quality. A comfortable mask that won't fog on you is important if you really want to enjoy what the reef has to offer. Likewise, make sure you capture memories by purchasing a quality underwater camera or buy a waterproof housing for your camera for $60 to $100.


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