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GBR trip in March

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GBR trip in March

1. We are planning to visit GBR from Surfers Paradise in first week of March; is it possible to cover both locations within a weeks time?

2. We are travelling with parents and none of us know swimming so do we have any options to see the corals and different fishes from boat or is any there paddle boating option?

3. Options for stay at GBR if need be?

4. We would be travelling to Surfers from Sydney by own car; can we go to GBR from Surfers by own car or its too much of drive?

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1. Re: GBR trip in March

It's possible, but tight. It depends on where on the GBR you want to visit. The most common options are the more northern end near Cairns or Port Douglas, or the more southern portion near the Whitsundays. Either way, you stand zero chance of being able to drive there, Cairns is 1800km from the Gold Coast.

If you fly from Coolangatta airport, it's a 2.5hour flight. Which means you lose a day of your 7 just getting there and back.

For non-swimmers, there are still many reef tour options, such as glass bottomed tour boats. All the GBR tours are a whole day, so you would need to split your time to a minimum of 3 days devoted to the GBR (including getting to and from) and 4 on the Gold Coast.

Not really enough time to do either destination justice

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2. Re: GBR trip in March

It would help if you post your whole itinerary. You say that you are driving from Sydney to GC. If your time is limited, I suggest you fly to save time. That will give you more than a week to cover GC and the north.

No, you cannot drive form GC to the GBR. It is too far.

My suggestion would be to fly from GC to Cairns and stay in Port Douglas. Quicksilver has semi submersible. You can sit inside under water line and look at coral through the glass as they take you around the reef, for around 20 minutes. You can do its as many time s as you want though.

Edited: 13 February 2017, 07:35
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3. Re: GBR trip in March

You could look into Lady Elliott Island, accessible from Recliffe and Hervey Bay (both can be driven from Gold Coast) though you need a light plane to get there.

Also, as an island, its probably better suited to non-swimmers than most outer reef trips.

Added benefit that you miss the wet, cyclone and stinger season that affects the northern Queensland coast as its far enough south.

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4. Re: GBR trip in March

Thank you all for the replies👍🏻👍🏻

I hereby will settle only with Surfers at this point coz after reading your replies it seems it will be a very tight trip and would spoil the fun in the rush 😊😊

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