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GBR trip -Christmas - help on location please!

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GBR trip -Christmas - help on location please!

Two of us will be in Brisbane at the end of December and I'm trying to decide if it's worth heading up to the GBR for some snorkelling. The days we'd be there are 1-4 Jan.

Browsing the forums, I've seen that it's stinger and rainy season over this time. Is this a major issue?

Does anyone have suggestions on where to stay (an island, Cairns, Port Douglas or just drive to southern GBR from Brisbane)? Happy to day trip it out to the reef. Would prefer shallow water as I'm not massively confident in deep waters.

Looking at an accommodation under $250/night.

If January is a no go please let me know - we live in Melbourne so it's not a major issue if we can't go.

Thank you!


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1. Re: GBR trip -Christmas - help on location please!

If you have options to go other times if the year, I'd avoid this time if possible. Stinger season means you need to snorkel in a full Lycra bodysuit, the weather could be rainy every day for 4 days. It could also be fine during the day and showers in the mornings and evenings, but it's a risk you take.

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