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How to see best of GBR? Already have sail in Whitsundays planned...

by virginia29 Online Now Jun 9, 2010 at 9:52 AM

We are a family of 5 (mom, dad, kids 10, 14, 16), trying to see as much of Australia as possible in 2 weeks. I have most of our time planned (Sydney, Melbourne/GOR via rental car, 3-day Kakadu/Katherine NP safari out of Darwin, then 3 night sailing trip in the Whitsundays out of Airlie). How do I squeeze in seeing more of the Great Barrier Reef between the Kakadu trip and Whitsunday sail? Is it as simple as booking a seaplane trip out of Airlie (haven't even checked into this in detail yet -- next on my to-do list)? I know this itinerary is very ambitious, so am trying to avoid having to add more airport-to-airport flight to piece this all together. Thanks for any help you can offer!

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    Re: How to see best of GBR? Already have sail in Whitsundays planned...

    by lynnehamman Online Now Jun 9, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    You could go to the reef on any of the many Catamarans & Boats that leave from Airlie- snorkeling equipment is provided on board, as well as meals & snacks.
    This is a better idea than a seaplane in my opinion. Quicksilver is best company for reef tours.
    There are family passes available, which would be ideal for you.

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    by virginia29 Online Now Jun 16, 2010 at 6:51 AM

    How far out into the reef do some of the Airlie Beach-based tours take you? Is there a particular reef that is the best to travel to or see? I've seen some tours going to Reef World advertised. Thanks for the response!

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    Re: How to see best of GBR? Already have sail in Whitsundays planned...

    by lynnehamman Online Now Jun 17, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    The best part is called Outer Reef. But its all beautiful-, and there are many tours out of Airlie.

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