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Australian Vacation Packages – The View From the Reef

July 22, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Holidays

Whether you are treating yourself to a relaxing weekend or looking for a great place for a romantic getaway for you and your significant other, or even just a diving enthusiast looking for a great south pacific destination to explore, there is something for virtually everybody around the Great Barrier Reef region of Australia. There are many luxurious resorts with all the accoutrements as well as some more family oriented less glitzy resorts that are still top quality. Don’t let all this civilization fool you either, there are great remote getaway spots on some of the islands to enjoy camping and natural living all with the barrier reef right at the heart of it.

Finding the Best Place to Stay on the Reef

There are a whole slew of resorts surrounding the barrier reef region, Thala Beech for example, but there are only a handful that sit right on it. If you want to be right up close and personal with the wildlife and the true natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef you will want to book your stay on one of the Island resorts. Hayman Island is a beautiful nature resort. Lizard Island is remote but access is not difficult and it is considered by some to be a diver’s paradise. Wilson Island lets you be “Lost” in style. There are no cell towers (or children under 13 allowed) but living like a pampered castaway is part of its charm. Heron Island is also a beautiful natural resort, but has more structured family oriented activities.

The island resorts may not be available on the dates you want them, if that is the case don’t despair because there are many resorts on the headland. As an example of some that you should really look into; you can try Thala Beach Lodge, the Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa and Coconut Beach Rainforest Lodge.

When to Book Australia Vacation Packages

You might be wondering when the best time to experience the Australian experience is. All you have to remember is that the Great Barrier Reef area is more tropical than the United States and the seasons are reversed on top of that. So if it’s snowing in New York it’s bound to be a tropical paradise on the reef.

The wild life will also have its more active seasons, the turtles won’t hang around on the beach year round just to please us, but after they lay their eggs, the hatchlings will be visible around November to May. Whale watchers will be able to see humpbacks more often between June and September. Talk to a conservation officer or travel guide for more information on the habits of the wildlife.

Getting To Your Resort

Transportation to and from the airport is not a complicated affair. This is especially true the more local to the airport your resort is. There are more than just rental cars available, there are also local transports to the resorts. Some of the more remote resorts may require using their own air transports or you might have to take a trip on a boat but they will get you there safe, happy and in one piece.

What to Bring to the Reef

You don’t need to bring along tons of scuba gear, you can rent it or borrow it from most of the resorts. There’s no harm in taking along some snorkeling equipment since the reef is shallow. You will probably want an underwater camera or a waterproofed housing for the camera you already own. You can buy the water proof housings for around $100.

You owe it to yourself to finally take that dream vacation. Discover why thousands of people choose Australia Vacation Packages to finally immerse themselves in that tropical paradise. This is a wonderful time for a New Zealand Vacation Package as well, so don’t miss out on what the south pacific has to offer your family.

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