The Great Barrier Reef gets plenty of media coverage. It’s no surprise really, given its one of the planet’s most fabulous eco-systems. It’s also a hot destination for tourists who put it at the top of their ‘must do’ lists.  It’s probably one of the most photographed holiday hot spots – just check social media platforms for the number of shared photographs.

Agincourt Reef, photo by Robert Prettejohn
Most recently the GBR has been in the news after the World Heritage Committee gave it the big tick in retaining its World Heritage listing. Thala’s owner Rob Prettejohn, who is a keen scuba diver and underwater photographer, recently spent some time exploring the treasures of Agincourt Reef. Located offshore from Port Douglas, this particular reef is one of the most spectacular thanks to extraordinary coral and fish inhabitants. A popular destination for visitors, there’s a pontoon moored adjacent to the reef which provides a platform for divers and snorkellers to easily explore the reef.. Each day charter boat operators depart from Port Douglas for Agincourt Reef amongst others.

Agincourt Reef, photo by Robert Prettejohn
The largest coral reef eco system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is also one of the best managed. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is the organisation charged with keeping the Reef ship-shape. Recent Government budget generosity means that they’ve now got another $8 million to play with.

Agincourt Reef, photo by Robert Prettejohn
A Reef-wide monitoring and reporting program is administered by GBRMPA while the Reef 2015 Long-term Sustainability Plan will take care of Great Barrier Reef protection and management. The unique qualities of the Great Barrier Reef were behind the original World Heritage listing back in 1981. Little has changed in the intervening years. A visit to the Great Barrier Reef should be a top priority for anyone visiting Tropical North Queensland.

Agincourt Reef, photo by Robert Prettejohn

 

Book your cruise to the Great Barrier Reef

Thala’s Tour Desk can arrange day trips for guests to explore the Great Barrier Reef with some of the best tour operators in the business. Check out some of these cruise operators and let us know if you’d like some help coordinating your visit to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!

Agincourt Reef, photo by Robert Prettejohn

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