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Area (sq km): 7,686,850
Population: 20,434,176
Nationality: Australian
Local Name: Australia
Language: English
Time Zone: +8 - +10 GMT
Currency: 1 dollar =
100 cents
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Capital: Canberra
Dialling Code: +61
Electricity: 230V/50Hz
Internet Code: .au
Religion: Catholic,
Anglican,
Other Christian
Climate: Arid,
Temperate,
Tropical
Government: Federal Parliamentary Democracy
Inoculations: None
Driving: Left
Int'l License: Not required
Banking: M-F 9.30-17.00
Major Airports: Adelaide(ADL),
Brisbane(BNE),
Canberra(CBR),
Darwin(DRW),
Melbourne(MEL),
Perth(PER),
Sydney(SYD)

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

The Great Barrier Reef continues to draw in millions each year. There are about 300 Great Barrier Reef islands including the coral cay Heron Island, the secluded beaches of Lizard Island and Orpheus Island, the gateway to the Coral Sea. Book cheap Australia flights to visit the Reef, and take the opportunity to escape the hustle & bustle of large hotels and sink into the tranquillity of the surroundings in private Australia villas.

Stingrays at Heron Island
Stingrays at Heron Island

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef stretches for more than 1900km off the coast of Queensland in north eastern Australia. The reef is made up of 2,900 smaller reefs that combine to make the it the only living organism visible from space!

There are over 300 smaller islands adding to the largest marine reserve in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is one of nature’s masterpieces and is a holiday destination of a lifetime!

Heron Island, Coral Cay

Heron Island is a small island that is part of the larger reef system. In fact, this gorgeous little island is itself a coral reef, a coral cay to be exact. The Tropic of Capricorn runs over the island too!

Because Heron Island is coral cay, all you have to do is strap on your snorkel and step off the beach into the water for some truly amazing reef snorkelling. Heron Island also organises plenty of scuba excursions around the cay.

Lizard Island Secluded Beaches

Lizard Island was named by James Cook, the famous explorer, for the huge monitor lizards he encountered here. Lizard Island is the northernmost island of the Great Barrier Reef off of Queensland. The island is surrounded by clear turquoise water, the likes of which you dream about. The island provides the perfect isolated escape with only one resort operating there.

There are so many hidden coves that you could find yourself on and anyone of a number of secluded beaches. One of the barrier reef’s best dive sites is Cod Hole near Lizard Island. Cod Hole is home to gigantic 3m long codfish that you can feed by hand. Lizard Island is also well known for black marlin fishing from August through November.

Anglers come from all around to try to land the 1,000lb giants during the Black Marlin Classic in October.

Orpheus Island, Coral Sea

Orpheus Island is a small serene island set amongst the Great Barrier Reef and the gorgeous waters of the Coral Sea. The pearly sand beaches are warm and inviting and the blue waters hold the treasures of the vast living reef.

Orpheus Island is the perfect place from which to explore the corals and marine life of Coral Sea. Visibility in the Coral Sea can reach up to an astounding 100m! The coral gardens are alive with such vibrant colour and are teeming with fish, turtles, 2.5m clams and other magnificent marine life.

Whether visiting the Great Barrier Reef islands for a relaxing time by the water or a more active time under the water with a scuba diving trip, let VillasPeople.com help you to find cheap flights and book idyllic Australia villas in Queensland.

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