Of all of Australia's natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef stretching along the Queensland coast must be the most precious. It is the world's largest world heritage site and since 1981 has been the world's biggest coral reef eco-system.
Its sheer size 2300 kilometres from the northern tip of the state almost to Bundaberg means it can be seen from space. It is made up of around 900 islands and more than 3000 coral reefs, most a fair distance from the mainland. Several of the islands are resorts and most cities along the coast offer boat trips for sightseers and divers.
To marvel at the reef from on high, Aviation Adventures, owned by local identity Capt. Pete Ryan, can fly you in a Bell 47 Kawasaki KH-4 from their Victoria Avenue location.
Tours range from 10 minutes to half-day picnic flights. If you care for the air-conditioned option, the doors come off giving unobstructed views of the Whitsundays.
Aviation Adventures 10 minute Island Adventure is $99 per person. 40 minute Whitehaven Scenic Tours are $259 per person.
Prices correct at August 21, 2008.
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Ph: (07) 49 46 9988
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