Rule 6: Prepare to See a Variety of Underwater Life, There are more than 30 species of marine mammals found in the Great Barrier Reef, including bottlenose dolphins, humpback and dwarf minke whales, several species of turtles, sharks, sea snakes, soft and hard corals, jellyfish, and more. And while there are 133 shark species that call the Great Barrier Reef home, most are non-threatening to humans. The main creature concerns come from box jellyfish and stingrays, which are prevalent along the beaches in Queensland. Stinger season generally lasts from November to May when temperatures are at their highest. Stinger suits are highly recommended and will most likely be offered by your local tour operator.
Rule 7: The Area Has a Unique History, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have lived in Queensland's coastal areas for more than a millennium. Visitors can embark on the Ngadiku Dreamtime Walks at Mossman Gorge. Here, the indigenous people take travelers along culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters, and over rainforest streams. The experience begins with a traditional smoking ceremony that's meant to ward off bad spirits.