The world’s largest sand island, measuring 1840 square kilometres, Fraser Island is a sparkling gem in the Queensland tourism story, flush with natural attractions, flora, fauna and culture and history.
Boasting more than 120km of ocean beaches, not all are safe for swimming but there’s plenty of natural experiences on Fraser Island to keep even the most ardent adventurer entertained in this pristine paradise. Accommodation ranges from eco resorts to holiday homes and campsites.
The local Aborigines, the Butchulla people, were the first to inhabit the island, with the last Indigenous resident leaving in 1904. European involvement on the island is believed to date back as far as 1521 to a Portugese explorer. Clay pipes found at Indian Head point to Dutch navigators in the 17th century.
In 1799, explorer Matthew Flinders discovered that Fraser Island, was, in fact an island and not part of the Hervey Bay peninsula. But it wasn’t until 1836, when Captain James Fraser was stranded on the island with his wife Eliza, that the island was named after her.
Whatever your take on history, Fraser Island has always been a popular destination and remains so today with its natural rainforest, beautiful freshwater lakes and sand formations.
4WD enthusiasts adore Fraser Island for its 75 Mile Beach, a gazetted highway, along which you will find the crystal clear freshwater Eli Creek, which is ideal for swimming.
Fraser Island is also home to an incredible amount of wildlife including 47 species of mammals, more than 354 species of birds, and 79 species of reptiles which include 19 species of snakes alone.
How long does it take to get to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns? It very well may seem like a simple and easy question to answer, however, there are so many variables that make the answer not quite as straight forward as you may have initially thought.
No matter whether you are a snorkeller or a certified scuba diver, there are number of amazing Great Barrier Reef experiences that are a once in a lifetime absolutely ‘must do’. And a Minke Whale snorkel and dive Expedition is one of those that should be on your list!
Thinking of becoming a Certified Scuba Diver and looking to do your learn to scuba dive PADI certificate? Do you wish to learn to dive with a high quality professional company that has an outstanding reputation for not only skill but also safety and can match this with some of the best liveaboard dive boat fleets on the Great Barrier Reef?
This tour is special in so many ways, and is unrivalled to all other reef tours in Far North Queensland. First of all, it has the shortest open water crossing to get to the Great Barrier Reef. Fantastic news for anyone prone to motion sickness. Although this tour is a ‘Reef’ tour, it includes a ‘River Cruise’ on the journey there with Island activities on arrival. And a huge PLUS to guests that like to avoid the crowds, it has one of the lowest passenger capacities of all the island tours with a maximum of 100 guests. The destination is to an uninhabited continental island called Normanby in National Park which is part of the archipelago of Frankland Islands. It is located 10km offshore from the mouth of the Russell and Mulgrave Rivers at Russell Heads, which is approximately 45km South-East of Cairns. The Normanby Island has an abundance of wildlife not only in the water, but also on the island itself. The island is pristine, and has its own rainforest and a fringing reef not far out from its sandy shores. There are also coral gardens located further out from the island for the those that want to explore the deeper waters.
This is not a blog, it is a pitch on how good this Great Barrier Reef 2 day 1 night liveaboard dive trip from Cairns is such good value. One of our team members wrote it because she thinks it is such an amazing good value Great Barrier Reef tour, she wanted to write about it and put it on our Barrier Reef Australia blog page. We were not sure it was appropriate to pitch a single tour but we decided on free speech and free opinions so read more if you are inclined, or go to another page now. From our wonderful Great Barrier Reef Tour Specialist Chelsea Are you looking for a good value liveaboard Great Barrier Reef scuba diving adventure from Cairns without the crowds? Do you want the best dive deal money can buy in Cairns? If your answer is yes, then check out what deals we have on offer with our Great Barrier Reef Tour 2 Day 1 Night Sail, Snorkel and Scuba Dive tour!
If you are scared of the water and the creatures that live there or have never been exposed to an aquatic life in your younger years, but still wish to live out that lifelong dream of seeing the iconic wonders of the world the Great Barrier Reef, then that is okay, we have a tour that will enable you to see the coral reef from above the water and also below the water’s surface without you even getting your hair wet!