If the temperature of the coral reaches 31 degrees, it is under threat of overheating and dying. To help reduce its temperature, the reef releases a gas into the atmosphere that creates clouds and shade (how cool is that!) but more importantly it helps bring on the wet season.
The geography of the rainforest draws this cloud to the mountains and provides rain that feeds its river systems. This process also aids in breaking the rainforest debris into the smallest possible particles. These particles flow into the mangroves where breeding fish/shellfish and organisms are diluting a lot of this matter.
The grass beds on the coast will offer the final filtration system so the reef gets the perfect amount of nutrient-rich water. This cycle promotes growth and survivals which also returns cooler waters to the reef. Amazing stuff.
Snorkel among the coral on the Great Barrier Reef on our 7-day Brisbane to Cairns Northbound trip.
Enjoy Queensland’s spectacular rainforests, islands and beaches on a road trip up the spectacular northern leg of Australia’s east coast.
Victoria has the Great Ocean Road, New South Wales has Bronte and Bondi, but head further north up Australia’s east coast and it’s a whole different kettle of fish. Queensland offers one coastal paradise after another: the atmospheric dunes of Fraser Island, the impossibly white beaches and blue waters of the Whitsundays, and the colourful coral tapestry of the Great Barrier Reef. But before you delve into that legendary world wonder, detour inland to discover Tully Gorge National Park, where the the Jirrbal and Gulnay people have nurtured the rainforest for thousands of years, and make tracks for the lush green hills of the Atherton Tablelands. With four-star accommodation throughout, this one is unforgettable east coast adventure.
Why you’ll love this trip
- Bask in the beauty of Fraser Island on a 4WD adventure, visiting key panoramic lookout points, swimming in a clear lake, and searching for a dingo or two
- Enjoy the stunning white beaches of the Whitsunday Islands. You’ll be left in no doubt that Whitehaven Beach is one of the finest slices of shoreline in the world
- Follow Indigenous locals to a secluded swimming hole, prepare bush tucker, relax by the campfire and go spotlighting after dark – it’s all in a day’s work in the lush rainforest of Tully Gorge National Park
- Swim in a plunge waterfall, visit a crater lake, and check out the Curtain Fig Tree in the Atherton Tablelands
- Discover the beautiful coral and tropical fish of the one and only Great Barrier Reef. A day cruise includes snorkelling and a commentary about conservation efforts
- Soak up the nightlife of lively beach towns along the way, with free evenings in Noosa, Airlie Beach and Cairns