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Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia, 24 to 28 June 2013


Trip to the Great Barrier Reef



We are organizing a trip to the Great Barrier Reef on Saturday 29 June 2013 with Cruise Whitsundays. Hamilton Island is just a 1.5 hour ferry ride from the spectacular Outer Reef. The ferry will take us from Hamilton Island to a pontoon in the reef. The pontoon is adjacent to coral walls, the length of which can be explored. Protected as it is, it has its own ecosystem with magnificent corals and a diversity of marine life found only in sheltered areas. It provides a unique world to explore. Morning tea, afternoon tea and a buffet lunch are included.

Great Barrier Reef from an Helicopter

The ferry is a 37 metre wavepiercer ideally suited to outer reef cruising with its superior sea handling. It is the largest and most comfortable vessel in the Whitsundays and is fitted with computerised stabilizers. It has spacious air conditioned lounges, large outer viewing decks and two bars serving refreshments.

Pontoon in Coral Reef

The pontoon also has a choice of areas to relax and a great range of activities. There is covered seating and tables, sun decks for topping up your tan, freshwater showers, changing rooms and full access to the air conditioned comfort of the ferry. There are numerous ways to explore the reef, from the underwater viewing chamber, to the semi-submersible submarines, or snorkelling.

Heart Reef from an Helicopter

The trip will depart Hamilton Island at 9am and return at around 5pm on Saturday 29 June 2013. This means participants wishing to attend the trip to the reef will have to stay on Saturday night in Hamilton Island. The price of this trip is AUD 168 per person (discounted from AUD 210 per person) and has to be paid in advance. Morning and afternoon teas, plus a buffet lunch are included in this cost. Additional guests are welcome to attend the trip at the same cost. Please include these details in the Payment Form (which can be downloaded in PDF or DOC formats) once you have completed the registration form.


If you have already paid your Registration and you wish to attend to the trip, simply download the Payment Form (which can be downloaded in PDF or DOC formats) and complete only the "Trip to the Great Barrier Reef" section. Please also provide your personal details and the credit card details.


Please find more details about this trip on the website Cruise Whitsundays, which includes a PDF Brochure for guests staying at Hamilton Island.




Please send any queries to: fireworks13.




The conference is supported by the following institutions:

Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS)
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