Exploring the Great Barrier Reef

Explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Explore All the Natural Wonders Down Under

As Charles M. Schultz once said, “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” There is indeed something inherently inspirational and hopeful about this dazzling continent. And although Australia is home to the stunning Sydney Opera House, the structure for which it is best known is completely organic. Visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef stretches across the ocean for an astonishing 1,430 miles.

Explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef

From Bondi Beach to the Great Barrier Reef

Of course, it goes without saying that sometimes travel buddies have different goals in mind. The great part of visiting Australia is that all types of travelers can have their needs met. Just grab your best spinner luggage and prepare for a trip unlike any other. The Swissgear 6283 Expandable 3-Piece Spinner Luggage Set will allow you to stay mobile throughout your journey, keeping all of your necessities and souvenirs safe as you gallivant across this great continent. A removable zippered wet pouch gives you permission to enjoy Bondi, hop on the train, and then catch a ferry to the Great Barrier Reef.

Swissgear 6283 Expandable 3pc Spinner Luggage Set

The Trip of a Lifetime Deserves Only the Best Softside Luggage

With a carry-on in this three-piece collection, you’ll be able to make decisions about which items stay on your person at all times. Depending upon what time of the year it is, your trusty towel may become one of those important items. Whenever you’re traveling to Australia, you’ll want to pay a lot of attention to the weather before you even start packing. Since each of the bags in your best softside luggage collection includes a telescoping handle, your soul will feel free to engage in all of the activities that will satiate your spirit. Tie-down straps keep all of your most important garments secure, while the bag’s strong polyester fabric makes it ideal for trips to the rugged Outback. Padded handles keep you comfortable as you traverse the continent in style.

Swissgear 6283 Expandable 3pc Spinner Luggage Set
Swissgear 6283 Expandable 3pc Spinner Luggage Set
Swissgear 6283 Expandable 3pc Spinner Luggage Set
Swissgear 6283 Expandable 3pc Spinner Luggage Set

Explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Scuba, Snorkel or Sail?

When you hear that inner siren call, beckoning you for a trip to the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef, you must listen. It’s time to grab that telescoping handle and run through the Cairns Airport. No intrepid traveler can tick off all their adventure boxes until they’ve visited this magnificent marvel. There’s no question that you need to go to the Great Barrier Reef; the only decision you need to ponder is how you will do so. Scuba divers have the option of nabbing a liveaboard or going on day trips. Many sailing tours will even let you help navigate toward your destination. Private islands and cays abound for you to explore; with 1,500 species of fish in the region, you’ll never tire of the spectacular sights both under the water and above. Just be sure to grab your sunscreen and a water bottle before you head out on your exploration; there are few things in life that are as persistent and unyielding as the sun in Australia. The Sunshine Coast in particular plays host to shipwrecks and endless caverns to explore. Seeing the corals up close and personal will remind you of nature’s majesty, inspiring you to learn more about their conservation.

Explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Get to Know Australia by Air

Of course, some would argue that the best way to experience Australia is from above sea level. Hop on a helicopter and take in the sensational sights of the Dampier Archipelago. No fewer than five aboriginal language groups exist here, making it one of the most special places in the region. Allow the stunning color of the water and the bright beaches to emblazon itself across your memory, creating a mental postcard that will last a lifetime. Even though you’ll be aloft, it’s likely that you’ll fantasize about laying your towel down on the sand and taking a siesta. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to catch a glimpse of manta rays and turtles. This area of Australia is teeming with life; feel free to immerse yourself in its beauty.

Hike Through the World’s Oldest Rainforest

Speaking of experiencing nature’s beauty, no trip to the Great Barrier Reef would be complete without a hike through Daintree. Before you set out for the day, you’ll want to make sure that you pack the aforementioned water bottle and sunscreen. The sights in Daintree are so astounding that they demand all of your focus; don’t let yourself become distracted by your human needs while you are surrounded by such supernatural spectacles. Grab your Swissgear 1651 City Pack Backpack and take the Madja Botanical Walk. With a surprisingly spacious main compartment, you’ll find ample space for all of your necessities. If you’re a serious hiker, you already know to pack your bug repellant. Of course, you’ll want to document all of the exciting details on social media. The backpack’s media pocket and tablet pocket allow you to keep your devices close as you walk over to Oliver Creek and see some crocodiles in the distance. The side water bottle pocket encourages you to keep your hydration game on point, while the Airflow back system will make you forget that you’re even wearing a backpack. The metal-reinforced top handle of this bag makes it quite sturdy, meaning that it’ll survive as many trips to Australia as you’d like to take. All of the zipper closures and pockets have been designed with the adventurous traveler in mind, taking into account your predilection for life off the beaten path.

Swissgear 1651 City Pack Backpack

Explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Meander Through Daintree and Stumble upon Extraordinary Experiences

More experienced hikers may find themselves invigorated by the challenge of Mount Sorrow. Since the walk extends for about four miles, you’ll want to carve out about six hours to tackle it. This trail is not for the faint of heart, but it does provide vibrant views beyond your most far-fetched dreams. The wonderful wildflowers will set your heart afire, and the extraordinary epiphytes at the top of the lookout will send a spark to your soul. Just make sure that all of your devices are charged at the beginning of this journey; you won’t want to miss capturing these moments for posterity. The flora and fauna of this region are so fantastical and fabulous that it will be difficult for any of your future vacations to measure up to this one.

Author: Joseph Daniels