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How far is Great Barrier Reef from Brisbane?

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How far is Great Barrier Reef from Brisbane?

Hello, we are flying from Christchurch to Australia for a two week stay (after spending 2 weeks in New Zealand). We are beachlovers, and would like to spend time on the Gold Coast and do some snorkeling on the GBR (for one week) before flying to Sydney for our last week. Is the southern part of the reef near Brisbane? Any recommendations would be appreciated!!!

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1. Re: How far is Great Barrier Reef from Brisbane?

the southern most end of the reef is about 4 hours drive north of Brisbane then a trip out (Lady Elliot Island etc) It really isn't day triable from Brisbane

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2. Re: How far is Great Barrier Reef from Brisbane?

And it will include a flight from Bundaberg

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3. Re: How far is Great Barrier Reef from Brisbane?

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4. Re: How far is Great Barrier Reef from Brisbane?

Why not come on up to the Whitsundays, a 1 1/2 hour flight from Brisbane, to Airlie Beach? If you're a bit adventurous, you might enjoy doing an overnight sailing trip for 1, 2, or 3 nights. This'll give you plenty of opportunity for snorkelling on the islands of the reef, and visiting some secluded island beaches as well. It's a lot of fun!

Get some more info here: tourismwhitsundays.com.au/accommodation/over…

Happy trip-planning!

TW

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5. Re: How far is Great Barrier Reef from Brisbane?

Hi!!

I have heard the diving in the outer reef from Cairns is great, but personally have been to the Whitsundays. Around the Whitsunday Islands, the snorkelling at Mantaray Bay was quite good.

We have put together a youtube video of our trip to the Whitsundays from last year. Have a look so you can see if it is somewhere you'd like to go!!

The Whitsundays - Great Barrier Reef in Pictures:

http://youtu.be/MFuN-PcPgx4

Amanda :-)

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6. Re: How far is Great Barrier Reef from Brisbane?

Mantaray Bay has nothing on the outer reef. either from CNS or Airlie...

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7. Re: How far is Great Barrier Reef from Brisbane?

Where exactly do you recommend for the outer reef? We found that there was no difference between Mantaray Bay and Fantasea Reefworld......

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8. Re: How far is Great Barrier Reef from Brisbane?

Ah,,,

Out of cairns you need to do the path less travelled..Agincourt is a good start..Posiedon, Haba etc.

Our outer reefs from Airlie have been via private boat so can't give a good rec out of Ailrie any longer (TW?) for a day trip..sad but true....Cruise Whits were doing knuckle which IMHO is better than army;s due to shorter term impact

I've got the following for snorkel under my belt in the last 5 years...

Manta Ray, blue pearl 1 and II, chalkies, butterfly, (of those Chalkies has been better) Langord, Hook, Knuckle and Hardy;s (knuckle better the hardy's) numerous off Lizard better than any in the Whits but knowing things on a long term basis it really depends on daily conditions..Agincourt, Ribbon iV, Lord Howe (not GBR) I have to admit to a few others, not noted in dive/snorkel log

Have also dived ribbons IV to V, no name/Osprey, Dynamite (yeah i know they make up part of the ribbon, Agincourt, quite a few years back

Sadly places like reef world on the quicksilver equivalent in cairns are aimed at mass market tourism and over a long period have degraded the area due to port snorkeler education and overuse

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9. Re: How far is Great Barrier Reef from Brisbane?

Thanks for that!!! Will keep this in mind for next time!!!

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