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Currently planning an Australian vacation. Definitely visiting Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Debating on adding Cairns to see the Great Barrier Reef. I don’t scuba so is it worth it?

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Oh it’s SO worth it!! I spent a week in Cairns and could have spent a week more! You don’t need to scuba to see awesome things. Also, the GBR isn’t the only awesome thing there. Tons of parks and cool nature things to do. Let me know if you want specific your suggestions. I also did a liveaboard and there were people who didn’t scuba who loved it because that company picks out great places to snorkel as well. In fact, the snorkeling was even prettier than the scuba.

Second on "worth it." I've been to Cairns twice and did not scuba the reef either time. It's close enough to the surface where snorkeling is sufficient. Enjoy your trip!

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