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Exploring The Great Barrier Reef is one of the best and most rewarding experiences you can have while holidaying in Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef is the perfect getaway destination during the summer months, full of colourful coral, unique fish, and boasting the title of only living structure viewable from space.

If you’re currently planning a North Queensland holiday, don’t forget to add our top five things to do on The Great Barrier Reef to your list!



Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling

At Orpheus Island, The Great Barrier Reef and related activities are right at your doorstep. This includes snorkelling, which is one of the top things to do on The Great Barrier Reef during the hotter months.

There is no better way to cool off than by swimming within the reef’s crystal-blue waters, amongst some of the world’s brightest coral in unique snorkelling sites such as Hastings Reef, Breaking Patches, Saxon Reef and more.

Simply sign up for one of our tours and let our experienced snorkelling instructors guide you through all the best snorkelling locations The Great Barrier Reef has to offer.


Barrier Reef Activities

Explore the beautiful Great Barrier Reef up close and personal




Great Barrier Reef Tours

Booking a Great Barrier Reef Tour when staying at Orpheus Island Lodge or visiting North Queensland is a fun Great Barrier Reef activity for those who don’t like to swim.

Hop on one of the local glass-bottom boat tours and head below deck to experience the wonders of the reef without getting wet. The guide will be there every knot of the way to inform you about the different types of coral and marine creatures as you enjoy the views in this immersive underwater tour.

The perfect activity for those with small children, a Great Barrier Reef Tour is one activity that can’t be missed.


great barrier reef

Experience the wonders of The Great Barrier Reef all while staying dry




Explore The Daintree Rainforest

When people are thinking of things to do on The Great Barrier Reef, they often forget about the equally amazing Daintree Rainforest that lives just off its shores.

The Daintree Rainforest in North Queensland, just north of Mossman and Cairns, is one of the oldest living complex structures in Australia and is a recognised World Heritage Site. Home to wondrous native flora and fauna, a trip into the Daintree after visiting the Great Barrier Reef is a perfect way to spend the day.

Don’t forget to add this forest to the bucket list when looking at things to do on the Great Barrier Reef!


Spend the day in the breathtaking Daintree Rainforest




Great Barrier Reef Scenic Helicopter Flight

You’ve heard about the top things to do at The Great Barrier Reef while on land or in the sea, but what about the sky?

Look no further than a Great Barrier Reef scenic helicopter flight! The perfect activity for those who love heights and aren’t afraid to splurge, a helicopter tour allows you to enjoy the reef from above and truly understand its title of seventh wonder of the natural world.


Sand Cay Great Barrier Reef

See the stunning Great Barrier Reef from above




Animal Spotting On The Great Barrier Reef

Never seen a turtle? Now’s your chance! Animal spotting on The Great Barrier Reef is an inexpensive and fun activity to do with the kids from the shores of Orpheus Island. More than just colourful fish, The Great Barrier Reef is also home to a whole host of marine life, including native seabirds, migrating whales, rays, sharks, and more.

Here’s hoping you spot one of the 30 species of dolphin when participating in this top activity on The Great Barrier Reef!


Whale Watching Great Barrier Reef

Keep an eye on the water to catch a glimpse of the marine life




Book Your Stay On The Great Barrier Reef

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