Get Inspired / Southern Great Barrier Reef Meet the Marine Life on the Southern Great Barrier Reef Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Southern Great Barrier Reef Meet the Marine Life on the Southern Great Barrier Reef story by: Mike Williams Beautiful coral and spectacular sea life places the Southern Great Barrier Reef right at the top of every diver’s bucket list. However, you don’t necessarily need an underwater breathing apparatus for this stunning natural wonder of the world to take your breath away. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the sea life at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stunning coral gardens of the iconic Southern Great Barrier Reef in Queensland play host to thirty species of whales, dolphins and porpoises and six species of turtle as well as gracefully gliding manta rays and hundreds of varieties of beautifully coloured fish. Jacques Cousteau, who called the Southern Great Barrier Reef one of the world’s premier dive destinations, might just have been on to something. Divers will jump at the chance to explore the spectacular coral formations and hang out with giant marine life. However, there are stunning snorkelling opportunities right off the beach too. Not keen to get that wet? Take a catamaran cruise and explore from a semi-sub or underwater observatory. Or take a private fishing charter out to a secluded fishing spot. Of course, one of the biggest marine attractions doesn’t even have to be seen in the water. The Southern Great Barrier Reef is famous for its giant turtles. The opportunity to swim with the turtles is not to be missed. However, if you are lucky enough to be visiting between November and March, be sure to make the most of turtle nesting season by booking a turtle experience. Nesting turtles can be seen after dark from November to January while the hatchlings are best viewed from January to March. Click here for Cheap Flights to Australia or HOT Australia Holiday Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire Magazine - Explore the Southern Great Barrier Reef Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Where should I go in Australia? Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.