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Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef (CAA 1101)

Thursday, November 3, 2011 | Thomas Ritt | Pacific

Cairns, the final destination of our Australia tour, is also the gateway to one of the world's greatest natural wonders: the Great Barrier Reef. Words can't do justice to this amazing place, so we'll let the photographs speak for themselves:

Aerial view of the reef with our boat anchored at the far end.

These pictures were taken with a regular compact digital camera in an underwater housing. No expensive equipment needed. What you do need, though, is one of these beautiful blue suits that protect you from the sun and the sharp coral.  Then you don your goggles and snorchel and off you go to discover a whole new world.

A true highlight at the end of a truly memorable tour. We covered 5000 km in 16 days, we rode the Great Ocean Road, we experienced the world-class cities Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, we strolled through the rainforest and along beautiful beaches. It was great, but now it is time to say...

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