The Tropical Coast of Queensland is known for its small townships, pineapple and sugar cane plantations, beautiful beaches, great river and ocean fishing and the many picturesque offshore islands that form the southern section of the Great Barrier Reef. Its superb swimming and dive locations and idyllic climate where year round the average daily temperature is 25 degrees Celsius makes it one of Australia's finest coastal holiday regions.
The climate is warm, moist and amazingly equable, verying little in temperature between winter and summer, but because of the rainfall distribution, May to October is the best time of the year for visitors. Being tropical, the region can experience cyclones between December and March.
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Discover the Gt Barrier Reef
One of Australia's most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world's largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, and pulling away from it, and viewing it from a greater distance, you can understand why. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space.
The marine park stretches over 3000km (1800 miles) almost parallel to the Queensland coast, from near the coastal town of Bundaberg, up past the tip of Cape York. The area, scattered with beautiful islands and idyllic coral cays full of wildlife, is made up of more than 3000 reefs which range in size from 1 hectare to over 10,000 hectares.
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