lies within a coastal region of such beauty and importance that it is listed by the World Heritage Society – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. These year round natural attractions are both captivating and inspiring. Cairns, Australia is a modern city that is the international gateway to the Tropical North Queensland and Great Barrier Reef region. With a reputation as the safest tropical city in the world, Cairns makes an ideal yachting base from which to explore the area. Some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving locations in the world can be found in Cairns, where the world’s largest and most complex reef system stretches more than 2000km along Queensland’s northeast coast. There are thousands of individual coral reefs, hundreds of reef islands, cays and continental islands within the system. All charter boats that visit the Great Barrier Reef offer snorkeling as an option, where you can dive with a trained crew or view the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible observatory. All reef areas and islands are zoned for particular use; there are general use areas open to the public while other areas have limited access. You will find easy access points to the reef and islands all along the coast, and an amazing 600 tour options are available each day from Cairns.