No trip to Cairns would be complete without a visit to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef.

Home to an exotic array of plant and marine life, this is a nature-lover's paradise – and a car hire in Cairns can get you there in no time at all.

At more than 2,300 kilometres long, this Reef is the largest natural feature on earth. It can even be seen from space! But that's not all this area boasts, as you will see below.

Ballooning

If you've always wanted to enjoy a hot air balloon ride, there's no better location than over the Great Barrier Reef. Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises offers a unique package deal that combines the delights of sky and sea, allowing you to spend the morning soaring through the clouds and the afternoon relaxing in the azure waters off of Green Island.

You can also get up close and personal with the Reef's exotic marine life by renting snorkel gear as part of this package, or observe the colourful creatures beneath the waves from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat.

Pontooning

Ever been on a pontoon? Well, thanks to the Great Barrier Reef Adventure Tour, now's your chance!  Take a breathtaking trip in a high-speed catamaran to a luxury pontoon and, for three glorious hours, say goodbye to your life as a landlubber.

Snorkelling and diving gear are available here, as is a children's swimming enclosure. If you're not in the mood for getting wet, an underwater observatory is at your service. And if you want some alone time to catch a little shut-eye and work on your tan, sun decks are plentiful.

Swooning

If you want to add a little romance to your Great Barrier Reef getaway, we recommend spending a night or two in beautiful resort community of Palm Cove. Situated between Cairns and Port Douglas, Palm Cove offers luxury hotels, top-quality restaurants, easy access to the Reef and its activities and numerous beaches where you can sit back, relax and enjoy some quality time with that special someone.