If you’re lusting for a tropical overseas getaway, add Cairns to the top of your bucket list. The 2,300-kilometre long Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral system on the entire planet. Home to a wild variety of marine life, it’s the place to marvel at eclectic fish, bright seaweed and even a friendly turtle, dolphin or reef shark. The reef is also dotted with hundreds of beautiful islands – many of which can be reached for a day trip or even booked for an overnight stay. Green Island
and Fitzroy Island
are both declared national parks, with each offering the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure. Snorkel or dive the reef from the islands’ shores, trek through the dense rainforest or laze on the sand under a beach umbrella. Some tours even offer you the opportunity to board a glass-bottomed boat to gaze through an underwater window at what lies below.