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Reef Trips from Yorkeys Knob

taking reef trips from Yorkeys Knob is One of the best reasons to visit Yorkeys Knob.

The Great Barrier Reef has an amazing diversity of marine wildlife and exotic coral reef colours. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is unique and cannot be found elsewhere in the world with the ease of access that Cairns and Yorkeys knob affords.

Most reef tour operators will pick you up from Yorkeys Knob for trips to see the outer Great Barrier Reef. Reef trips from Yorkeys Knob include some of the most exotic and rare scuba diving and snorkelling spots in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is ideal for Cairns Scuba Diving.

Reef trips from Yorkeys KnobReef Trips from Yorkeys Knob range from single day trips, to longer voyages. Boat sizes range from dinghies to superyachts. Glass-bottomed boats and underwater observatories are also popular, as are helicopter flights. By far, the most popular tourist activities on the Great Barrier Reef are snorkelling and diving, including learn to dive courses. For safety the area is usually enclosed by nets and pontoons are often used. The outer part of the Great Barrier Reef is favoured for such activities.

There are many species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises in the Great Barrier Reef, including the dwarf minke whale, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, and the humpback whale. Every year Migaloo, a rare albino whale visits the Great Barrier Reef as part of the annual whale migration from Antartica.

Usually visiting around June, Migaloo is one of about 8000 humpbacks who migrate from Antarctica each year. During the past three years, Migaloo has been a star attraction for tourists in the region and there are whale-watching tours available during the migration period. Tours normally commence in July.

Check out the dugongs and the many species of fish including the clownfish, red bass, red-throat emperor, of snapper and coral trout.

Sea turtles come to the reef to breed – the green sea turtle, leatherback sea turtle, hawksbill turtle, loggerhead sea turtle, flatback turtle, and the olive ridley.

Saltwater crocodiles live in mangroves and salt marshes on the coast near the reef. There are about 125 species of shark, stingray, skates or chimaera live on the reef. There are at least seven species of frog and 215 species of birds (including 22 species of seabirds and 32 species of shorebirds) including the white-bellied sea eagle and roseate tern. The islands of the Great Barrier Reef also support 2,195 known plant species.

It is believed that corals in the Great Barrier Reef have been forming for as long as 25 million years. The reef as it is today in its current structure has been around for 6,000 to 8,000 years. The Australian aboriginal people have seen the reef as part of their culture and as a source of food for approximately 40,000 years. Captain James Cook was the first European who explored the area on board the Endeavour in 1770. However, it was reported the Endeavour found the reef difficult to navigate. Prior to Tourism the Great Barrier Reer was used for fishing and pearl hunting.

If you are visiting Yorkeys Knob Beachfront Apartment make sure to take advantage of the many reef trips from Yorkeys Knob.