Visit the Great Barrier Reef

If there is one place, you should visit while in Townsville, it is the Reef.  The Great Barrier Reef is earth’s largest living structure and visible from space. As part of the Conference, the organisers have put up a trip that allows every attendee to visit a reef and examine the beauty it truly is. This is one field trip you should not miss for any reason.

The Ref trip is a tour to the Pelorus island. This is weekly diving and camping safari, and you will get to see one of the best inner reef diving that the region has to offer. Pelorus Island is a mid-shelf reef that is part of the Great Barrier Reef.  This island is the northernmost of all the Great Palms island, and it is situated about 800 meters to the north of Orpheus Island. It is spectacular in every way, and the island is surrounded by fringing reefs which you can access from the beach. This region has an incredible biodiversity which includes 310 species of soft and hard corals, different marine life such as manta rays, turtles, (depending on the time of the year) as well as more than 1200 types of fish. The Humpback Whales are currently migrating through the area, so with some luck, passengers can enjoy these gentle giants passing by and enchanting divers with their mystical songs.

The reef trip is an opportunity for you to be outdoor and involve yourself in different outdoorsy activities. There are various activities earmarked for this trip. They include


Snorkelling is a wonderful activity for anyone in the tropics. While most people don’t seem to understand the value attached to this activity, it can be a rewarding one for anyone. What makes it even more wonderful is the simplicity involved. All you need is a mask and some fins, and you are good to go. It is an opportunity to get into close contact with marine life as snorkelling doesn’t generate bubbles which could chase away the marine wildlife. All you need to enjoy snorkelling is to be a good swimmer, and if you are very good, you may even not need to use the suit which hinders movement even as it helps with floatation.


Other activities you can get involved in on the reef trip is diving. Of course, diving is only for those with sufficient skills and experience. So if you fall into that category, you can pay extra so you will get to dive in the Reef too.