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The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It's home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks.

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Planning Your Visit


Learn About the Reef

Before visiting this special World Heritage area, you can learn about the Marine Park, what it is and what makes it special. This will make your experience in the Marine Park all the more rewarding.


Know Where To Go

If you are one of the many recreational visitors who are not part of a commercial tourism operation to the Great Barrier Reef, it is important to learn about some of the areas of the Marine Park before your visit.


Care for the Reef

You can protect and experience the Great Barrier Reef by following Responsible Reef Practices for activities such as anchoring, snorkelling, fishing and diving.

Tourist Season

Months High/Low Average Daily Visitors
Jan-Mar High 60k
Apr-Jun Regular 30k
Jul-Sep Lower 5k
Oct-Dec Low 30k