How to spend your holiday on the ‘Great Barrier Reef’
A tourist from Queensland has shared his experience of visiting the Great Barrier Reef for the first time, with his family still staying in the luxury resort of Maroochydore.
The 25-year-old from Brisbane, Queensland, had been spending a few weeks visiting family in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast town of Maroondah when he noticed the stunning sights in the distance.
“It’s just a bit of a blur, I’m still on the phone with my mum and dad as I walk by, but the reef’s so beautiful,” he said.
Mr Ponce said he was on his way to the hotel, to visit his girlfriend, when he stopped at the beach for a break.
“When I stopped at Marooondah I thought it might be an opportunity to take in some of the stunning views,” he wrote on Facebook.
“So I went out and I took a quick walk down the beach to the beachfront and I was just blown away.”
Mr Pone said he decided to try his luck on the reef, instead of going straight back to his hotel.
“I’m in a hurry, I just wanted to take some time off,” he explained.
“But my dad came back and he said it’s been so great seeing all the amazing coral.”
He said he’s happy he made the trip.
“If I would have been able to take it to the hotels I would’ve probably stayed there and I would still have been there,” he told the ABC.
“Because it’s just so beautiful and the reef is so special.
I would love to go back to Marooong Bay.”
Mr Mascarenhas, who was born and raised in Marooontah, said he had planned to stay in Maroong Bay until the end of his stay, but it was not to be.
“We’re going to the resort in the morning, then we’re going back home,” he added.
“My wife’s staying there until we’re ready to move back home, so we’ll probably be staying there for a while, I’d like to see how it goes.”
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