Archive for July, 2009

Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef

Heron Island is a true coral cay located right on the Great Barrier Reef. The resort is spread over about one third of the island at one end and the rest is covered in natural vegetation including thick areas of Pisonia forest. The island is only about 800m long and 250m wide, so you really have the feel of being on an island. Heron is world famous for its fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling. Here you can swim straight off the beach and snorkel amongst coral with a huge variety of fish swimming right up to your mask. There more than 30 dive sites around the island, half of them are only 15 minutes from the beach.

Wilson Island, Great Barrier Reef

Wilson Island is located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, about 72km north east of Gladstone and 15 kilometres from nearby Heron Island. For those that are looking for a secluded peaceful holiday on an unspoiled tropical island, Wilson Island is hard to beat. It is a tiny coral cay sitting right on the Great Barrier Reef surrounded by pristine reef and beaches. Wilson Island accommodates a maximum of 12 guests who can enjoy fantastic snorkeling, island walks, reef walks, bird watching, or just relaxing in the beautiful peaceful setting. With the island only 250m from one side to the other, you really enjoy the island castaway experience. This would be a fabulous place for a honeymoon couple, or for those who just want to get away from it all for a while. Children 12 years and under are not catered for on Wilson Island.

Lady Elliot Island, Great Barrier Reef

Lady Elliot Island is a small island on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The resort on the island, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, is popular with families, groups and individuals, who want to snorkel, swim or dive and enjoy the wonders of the reef. The reef lagoon provides sheltered waters for beginners, with deeper waters for experienced snorkelers and divers to explore.

Southern Right Whale Watching at Head of Bight

Head of Bight is on the far West Coast of South Australia on the edge of the Nullarbor. It is a famous spot for land based viewing of Southern Right Whales. The whales migrate from Antarctica to the warmer waters of the Bight during winter to breed and give birth to their calves. They can be seen from land between late May and October.

Rodney Fox Great White Shark Expeditions

Rodney Fox was seriously mauled by a Great White Shark in December 1963 in one of the worst non-fatal shark attacks ever recorded. With severe injuries around his chest and arm, Fox managed to escape. He later went on to become a leading authority on the Great White Shark and pioneered the use of underwater observation cages to study sharks. For over 40 years he has led expeditions to film and study Great White Sharks, and has produced shark documentaries. He also facilitates Great White Shark diving expedition for recreational divers.

Swim with Whale sharks with Ningaloo Whaleshark n Dive

Swimming with giant Whale sharks is a once in a life time experience you can enjoy off Western Australia. Ningaloo Whaleshark n Dive (formerly Village Dive) operates various dive and snorkel tours on the Ningaloo Reef, including Whale Shark tours. Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean growing to 18 m in length. They have a broad flat head that grows to 1m wide. To feed they open their large mouth and filter plankton out of the water through their gills. Whale sharks, despite their awesome size, are harmless to humans.

Adelaide Zoo, South Australia

Adelaide Zoo has over 1,800 animals and almost 300 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish in a landscaped botanic garden setting. The zoo is set on 8 hectares and is situated within a 15 minute walk of the centre of Adelaide.

The Zoo focuses on endangered and rare animals from South America, Africa, India, South East Asia and Australia. Major exhibits include the South East Asian Rainforest, Seal Bay, Australian Rainforest Wetlands, Africa, South America, India, Nocturnal House and Reptile House.

King Island, Bass Strait, Tasmania

King Island is situated in Bass Strait, between Victoria and Tasmania. The only commercial trip you can get to the island is by plane, with the flight taking about 50 minutes from either Victoria or Tasmania. The island is about 64km long by 27km wide and is a popular tourist destination, with long peaceful beaches, rocky coasts, nature reserves, shipwrecks off the coast and a lighthouse.

King Island has a pleasant maritime climate with moderate temperatures throughout the year, and good rainfall to support a strong local agricultural industry. Conditions can turn rough through with gales often reaching over 100km per hour. Temperatures are roughly five degrees warmer in winter and five degrees cooler in summer than on the mainland.

Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville

Reef HQ in Townsville is the world’s largest living coral reef showcasing the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef in a 2.5 million litre aquarium. Reef HQ was built as a Bicentennial Commemorative project and opened in Townsville in 1987. As the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Reef HQ also plays an important role in education of the biology and care of the reef.