Great Barrier Reef

Splendour down under

Print edition : April 01, 2016

The Great Barrier Reef as seen from a helicopter. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The Daintree estuary. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The reef attracts not only surfers and divers but also scientists, environmentalists and nature lovers. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The ocean puts on a show like no other: there are rainbow colours and everything in-between, fantastic and weird shapes, fluid and graceful movements. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The ocean puts on a show like no other: there are rainbow colours and everything in-between, fantastic and weird shapes, fluid and graceful movements. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The ocean puts on a show like no other: there are rainbow colours and everything in-between, fantastic and weird shapes, fluid and graceful movements. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The ocean puts on a show like no other: there are rainbow colours and everything in-between, fantastic and weird shapes, fluid and graceful movements. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The ocean puts on a show like no other: there are rainbow colours and everything in-between, fantastic and weird shapes, fluid and graceful movements. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The ocean puts on a show like no other: there are rainbow colours and everything in-between, fantastic and weird shapes, fluid and graceful movements. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

A forest of corals, staghorn presumably, as seen from the semi-submersible. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The Great Adventures pontoon in the outer reef. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

Ballooning over the Atherton tablelands before sunrise. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour at the Daintree rainforest. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

A koala with its cub. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

A crocodile, an inhabitant of the Daintree river. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

At the Wildlife Habitat theme park, kangaroos crowd around visitors much like pet dogs. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The pelican. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The magpie goose. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

Strangler fig, Daintree rainforest. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The parakeet. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The cockatoo. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The wild kookaburra. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

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