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Cairns (pronounced "Canes" in Australian, which itself is pronounced "Strane") is the gateway to the tropics and the jumping off point for exploring the Great Barrier Reef. This largest of Earth's living creatures, is a 1200 mile long palette of greens and blues, dotted with coral islands and fringed with white plumes of surf. This area has more kinds of marine life than the entire Atlantic Ocean, in fact is home to more species than any other place on Earth. It is believed that marine life began here. Perhaps this is the Garden of Eden.


Julie Snorkeling Julie and Bob Crusoe Great Barrier Reef
Staging over the Great Barrier Reef Semi Submersible QE2 @ Yorkey's Knob

Cairns (Yorkey's Knob), Australia