Captivated by David Attenborough’s explorations of the place he calls “the most magical thing I ever saw in my life”? I was too. The Great Barrier Reef, a 2,000km stretch of coral that hugs almost the whole length of Queensland’s shore is, after all, nature on an epic scale. I spent a week there in November for The Independent, flying high above the reef in a seaplane and diving deep below the water in a magical underwater world.
Here’s the story of my first dive, at a bommie off Heron Island.
And here is my full guide to visiting the Great Barrier Reef.
Read on for a few photos from the trip.