You are never too old to explore the Great Barrier Reef, as proven by the equally great Sir David Attenborough, who celebrated his 90th year by making one of the finest nature documentary series of his lifetime for the BBC: The Great Barrier Reef. At over 2,000km long, the Great Barrier Reef isnít just about coral. It is part of the marine magnificence that is the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which actually covers 344,400km2 Ė a great big blue, packed with approximately 3,000 coral reefs, 600 continental islands, 300 coral cays and 150 inshore mangrove islands.
I took a year out in my 20s to travel around Australia. I started in Cairns, on the Great Barrier Reef, and never left. I reckoned it couldnít get better than that.
This Great Barrier Reef travel guide aims to not only show off its diving delights and snorkelling secrets, but also some of the islands to be explored, many of which were once joined to the mainland. Thereby placing pretty, elevated, rainforested kingdoms out in the ocean, as if the most stunning sapphire in the world needed any more jewels on top.