Travel highlights: The Great Barrier Reef

Did you know that the Great Barrier Reef has over 900 islands stretching for over 2,600km?! That sure is a lot of incredible sights to explore! Barbora Kochlicova from Slovakia travelled the east coast of Far North Queensland visiting reefs, rainforests and many more memorable sights. Here, she shares her trip highlights of the east coast and her impressions of one of Australia’s most impressive landmarks: the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

You definitely saw it on TV already and you can read about it in every travel guide brochure – what else would it be other than the Great Barrier Reef? I never thought it would be so easy to reach the Great Barrier Reef, until I went on my so far biggest journey, travelling the East Coast Australia with Backpackers World Travel

I spent the last days of the trip in Cairns which is a small city by size, but very rich in activities around. You may have heard about the most famous parties of Australia in Gilligan’s – a club and a hostel one. I was very lucky the first night we arrived there with my friends the ‘Ladies Night’ was on, and we could enjoy free ‘bubbles’ (ed: champagne) and a great night out. However, the true adventure is waiting out there, opportunities to visit Cape Tribulation, the oldest rainforest in the world, Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls fun or the only bungee jump in Australia.

Cape Tribulation (abbreviated to Cape Trib by locals)

Finally, my dream experiencing snorkelling and diving in the Great Barrier Reef came true…you feel like you’re in a movie.

And finally, my dream, experiencing snorkelling and intro diving in Great Barrier Reef came true. The first fish I saw in the water was scary yet harmless barracuda. The further down I went, the more magical world I discovered, stunning corals and fish of all shapes, size and colours. At some point, you feel like you’re in a movie when Nemo, Dory and the sea turtle surrounds you. All in all, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef was ‘the cherry on top’ of my great East Coast adventure. Don’t miss it!

Barbora booked her amazing travel experience through Backpackers World Travel.