The Magical Underwater World of The Outer Reef

The Magical Underwater World of The Outer Reef

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 04/26/2016

Reading time: 3 mins

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most incredible natural wonders in the world. Sprawled throughout its length, there are a huge number of colourful reefs, each one boasting its own unique set of marine life and scenery.

You might have heard people talk about the Outer Reef before. This is where the Great Barrier Reef meets the big ocean – basically it’s the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Here, the swells roll in after building for a whopping 14,000km and where the reef drops away from 40m to a deep and slightly terrifying 2,000m.

From the Outer Reef, you can check out the beautiful landscape that characterises the area, with a smattering of small, paradise islands perfect for exploring.

To get to the Outer Reef, you can travel by catamaran for a more adventurous trip, or on a bigger cruise vessel that will give you a more relaxed viewing experience. Once you get there, you’ll be greeted by a number of anchored reef pontoons that are great starting points for diving and snorkelling. From Cairns alone there are hundreds of different boats and vessels waiting to take you out into this part of the Great Barrier Reef.

Things to Do in the Outer Reef

Upon arrival at the Outer Reef, you’ll have the chance to explore everything on offer. From the anchored pontoons, you can dive into the ocean and discover the mesmerising underwater world. Here, you can swim amongst colourful sea creatures, big and small, and learn more about the ecosystem that makes this part of the world so incredible.

You can also visit Agincourt Reef, one of the most popular reefs in this area. The reef hosts rich coral gardens and a diverse collection of marine life.

As well as discovering the reef and its offerings for yourself, you can also listen to a presentation from a marine biologist, take part in one of the twice-daily fish feedings, head out on a semi-submersible boat tour, and take an underwater observatory viewing.

Getting to know the history and diverse ecology of the Outer Reef is one of the most fascinating things to do while you’re there. Learn about the unique set of sea creatures that call it home, and discover quirky facts about the corals and their surroundings.

The Outer Reef is one of the wildest parts of the Great Barrier Reef, making it the perfect place to explore while you’re in the region.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.