The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s most beautiful natural attractions.

The ocean surrounding the Great Barrier Reef looks inviting to swim in all year round. With crystal clear waters and diverse, colourful marine life, it’s no surprise that you’d want to jump in any time of the year.

The good news is, it is possible to swim at the Great Barrier Reef all year round! Luckily, it’s rare for strong currents or deadly animals to occur. A bonus is that the water temperature is always warm, even in the cooler months.

If you visit the Great Barrier Reef, here are some activities you can do in the water.


The Great Barrier Reef is one of the best places in the world to go snorkelling. Even if you’re not up for diving, you can see the vibrant colours of the coral and spot many tropical fish snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef.

There are plenty of tours you can book to go snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef. On this small group tour, you’ll spend the day swimming and snorkelling in crystal-clear waters. A snorkel guide is included in the tour, and you can even go scuba diving at an additional cost if you work up the courage.

Turtle swimming

Scuba diving

Scuba diving will give you the experience of swimming level with sea turtles, reef sharks and other marine life. There are hundreds of different fish swimming around the Great Barrier Reef, and diving gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with them.

If you’re keen on getting involved with scuba diving, this deluxe tour includes both snorkelling and scuba diving. You will have a guided dive lesson with a crew member before being immersed in the magical underwater world.

Helmet diving

Helmet diving is a unique experience you can do at the Great Barrier Reef. This diving option is perfect even if you aren’t confident in the water! You will still be able to see and get close to the range of different marine life underwater as you just walk along the seabed.

If you want a full day of adventure and have the opportunity to go helmet diving, the pontoon adventure tour has it all. However, helmet diving has an additional upgrade fee on top of the tour price. Just something to keep in mind!

There is also plenty more you can do on the pontoon, from a buffet lunch to snorkelling, and a waterslide!

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s natural wonders where you can spend an entire day exploring underwater life in all its forms. Don’t miss out!

What are you most looking forward to doing and seeing when discovering this underwater paradise?

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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