Every traveller wants to go to the Great Barrier Reef. And now due to a partnership between Queensland and Uber, you can live out the dream of exploring the world’s largest coral reef by doing nothing more than using an app on your smartphone. The Uber app, to be exact.
How to Ride in the World’s First Rideshare Submarine?
Win a scUber ride
Between May 27 and June 18, Queensland and Uber are teaming up to let travellers and locals alike explore the Great Barrier Reef in the world’s first rideshare submarine. The cleverly-named scUber takes riders beneath the reef to discover the world beneath the waves and experience the world’s largest living structure up-close. If you’re in Gladstone, Cairns, Palm Cove, or Port Douglas, you can request a ride in the scUber through your Uber app. There’s only a minimum of one trip for two individuals available in each location each day, so there’s no guarantee you’ll get a spot. But it’s an opportunity worth taking if you’re in Queensland between May 27 and June 18, as the journey beneath the waves will undoubtedly be one of the most incredible experiences of your life.
If you don’t happen to be in Queensland during this time period, you can also enter a global competition for a chance to win a package for a trip to Queensland to explore the Great Barrier Reef as well as the Daintree Rainforest. The package includes 5-nights luxury accommodations and a 250 AUD Uber credit to use during your time in Australia.
Help Protect the Great Barrier Reef
Conservation Efforts with Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef
A key component of Uber’s partnership with Queensland is a dedication to helping conservation efforts of the reef. It’s no secret that the Great Barrier Reef is essential to the world’s ecosystem, comprising around 10 percent of the world’s total coral life. It’s also no secret that the reef is dying, with a National Geographic report declaring that half of the reef has died as of 2016. This devastation of the reef is due to rising sea temperatures as a result of climate change, which bleaches and kills the coral, destroying the diverse ecosystem.
In order to combat this devastation, Uber is donating 100,000 AUD to Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, a conservation group that works to protect the reef and establish corporate and governmental initiatives to lower our carbon footprint and reverse the damages to the ocean caused by rising temperatures and pollution.
As well, for each scUber ride ordered through the Uber app, Uber will donate an equivalent amount to Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, meaning that the more people take advantage of this promotion, the more help will go towards protecting the reef.
How to see the Great Barrier Reef
Explore the Great Barrier Reef with Goway
Even if you aren’t in Queensland during early June to take advantage of scUber or don’t win the competition, you can still plan an unforgettable trip to the Reef with Goway. Goway has dozens of vacations to Northern Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. A Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef Getaway takes travellers on a 10-day vacation that begins at the Gold Coast near Brisbane and then connects up to Cairns to explore the Great Barrier Reef on a reef cruise. The shorter 7-day Best of the Tropical North centres on Cairns and explores the Reef in addition to Kuranda, the Indigenous village in the rainforest, and nearby Cape Tribulation.
Not only does travel showcase incredible destinations like the Great Barrier Reef, but it also empowers local communities and helps to fund the preservation and restoration of these destinations. The scUber initiative shows the power of travel to protect the planet we love.