The reef system made up of more than 2,900 individual reefs and about 900 islands that stretch for over 2,300 kilometres. It is located off the coast of Australia.
- The reef is considered officially as the largest living thing on earth.
- The reef is seen from outer space.
Being located at an expansive bio diverse area, there are potentially many things for students to engage in. Below are some of the best activities students can engage in so as to get the most out of the trip.
1). Whitewater Rafting
The reef boasts of internationally recognised rafting destinations which can be ideal for visiting students to get a taste of. All rafting is done under the watch and supervision of a qualified instructor ensuring safety for everyone. The rapids range from a grade one to four therefore ensuring even a novice has a place in this adventure.
2). Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven beach is a stretch of pure white sand, students can visit from across the globe to experience the beauty it possesses. Within the same locality students can also visit the Heart reef which is famous for coral arrangements that resemble the shape of the heart.
3). Hot Air Ballooning
What better experience than to take to the air in a classical hot air balloon that will provide students with a breathtaking view. From the skies students can experience the sheer size.
At the months of November to January students can catch a glimpse of the endangered loggerhead turtles as the come ashore to nest. The eggs hatch during the months of January through to match whereby you can see the small turtles make the race of their life down the beach into the ocean.
Here students can face their fears by coming into close proximity to wild crocodiles but within a controlled environment. At Hartley students can see crocodiles being fed which is an amazing spectacle considering how high the crocodiles can leap for the meat dangled to them.
Other extra activities to consider include:
- Visit the Australian amour and artillery museum.
- Water sports like surfing.
- A visit to lake McKenzie.
- Paperbark forest nature walk.
A visit to the reef is both an unforgettable and emotional experience. Described by Sir David Attenborough as the most amazing thing he had ever set eyes on, the reef is limitless of activities that students can engage in. All it requires is a level of planing in order to get the most out of the visit.