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REEF GOERS are in for a whale of a time this winter, with the first humpbacks spotted on the Great Barrier Reef weeks earlier than expected.

Humpback whales are annual visitors to the Far North, migrating from Antarctica for breeding in the sheltered, warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

The world’s most famous humpback, Migaloo, the white whale is usually among them.

Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre director Prof Peter Harrison said so far there had been no reports of Migaloo sightings.

There are estimates at least 13,500 whales will head north this year.

This is about half the population last century, before hunting saw numbers fall to about 200.

"It’s a bit over 10 per cent increase each year, which means we’ll possibly have close to another 1500 whales born … this year," Prof Harrison said.

So, what are you waiting for, book online now for a great day out with the whales!




The Evening Reef Teach Presentation

When | Tuesday to Saturday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, excluding Public Holidays

Where | 2nd Floor, Mainstreet Arcade, 85 Lake Street, Cairns

Cost | AU $18.00 adults, $9.00 children 14 and under, $45 family (2ad, 2ch) – cash and credit cards accepted.

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Includes | The Reef Teach presentation| Free coffee, tea, Milo and the best chocolate biscuits in town! | Free fish and coral identification sheets | Friendly and knowledgeable staff

Booking | Turn up on the night around 6:15pm and you can pay on the door.  Just drop us a line at or call (07) 4031-7794.

Reef Teach is a very entertaining evening, full of amazing facts and beautiful images, and the opportunity to handle a wide range of corals and other marine specimens – including some of the more dangerous creatures you wouldn’t want to touch in the wild! It will amaze, inspire, and captivate you, and have you laughing about the funny facts and weird and wonderful ways in which the reef works!

Our nightly presentations offer you a special insight into the magical world of the coral reef. Diving and snorkeling are so much more enjoyable when you know what you’re looking at! At Reef Teach we believe that with learning comes appreciation and the knowledge you gain from Reef Teach will help you to better understand and enjoy your visit to The Great Barrier Reef. By the end of an evening at Reef Teach you’ll be able to identify many of the common fish and corals, be amazed at the extraordinary creatures (and the stuff they get up to!) out on the reef, and be incredibly excited about your undersea adventure. When you get out to the reef you’ll be thrilled at your ability to recognize a lot of what you see:

  • common fish, corals and other animals
  • fish and corals changing colour in front of your eyes!
  • fish visiting cleaning stations and being groomed by other fish!
  • the special relationships between “Nemo” and the anemone, corals and algae, “Wally” and remoras!


“take only pictures and memories… leave only bubbles!”

 The Great Barrier Reef is a very special, but fragile environment. Please help to look after it by using good diving and snorkeling practices:

  • Go slow - Slow down while diving and snorkeling – you are less likely to bump into things accidentally and cause damage to yourself or the reef. You are less likely to get a cramp or tire yourself out, and you’ll also be amazed how much more you see when you slow down.
  • Don’t touch - Although not all marine life is dangerous to us, we can easily damage many things without realizing it. For example, by touching coral, even gently, you are scraping away the protective layer of mucus that protects the coral from picking up an infection. .. unless the boat staff hand something to you… please don’t touch anything.
  • No souvenirs - Please don’t take anything away from the reef, except rubbish. The Great Barrier Reef is a marine park with strict laws on collecting to protect marine life for future generations to enjoy. Items such as shells and corals can be bought in souvenir shops around the world, but there is no guarantee they've been collected legally or sustainably, and there may be laws on importing them to your own country. We believe that photos and books make better souvenirs!
  • Keep your distance - Be mindful of your position in relation to the reef! Snorkellers: don’t touch or step on the reef. Coral is sharp but also very fragile, so it’s easy to cut yourself or damage the reef. If you need to rest, float on your back or hang on to a float or rest station – don’t stand on the coral. Divers: be careful not to accidentally kick the coral (or your buddy) or kick up the sand and sediment with your fins and make sure none of your equipment is dangling down where it damage the coral by bumping into it or dragging on it. Attach your hoses to your BCD. If you’re confident in your buoyancy aim to be at least 1m away from the reef at all times. If you’re not yet confident, stay out of kicking distance!