The Great Barrier Reef is one of the World’s seven natural wonders.


Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is Earth’s most extensive coral Reef system.  More than 2,900 reefs, with 900 island coverers, an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres.  Its natural beauty is treasured not only in Australia but throughout the World.

Located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is visible from outer space.

Many billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps, make up the Reef.  It supports a staggering array of marine life and flora and is the most massive single structure created by living organisms.

In 1981 it was designated as a World Heritage Site and was listed among the World’s seven natural wonders.  The Queensland National Trust has made it an official icon of the state.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) protects most of the Great Barrier Reef.  The GBRMPA monitors its preservation and protection from the ongoing impact of human use, including fishing and tourism.

The Great Barrier Reef has been part of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ Culture for thousands of years.  It is an integral part of their Culture, belief systems and spirituality.

The Great Barrier Reef is a must-see location from Lady Elliot and Bundaberg in central Queensland through the Whitsunday Islands, Townsville and Cairns, and the Northern Cape.

It generates billions of dollars of economic activity and sustains many small and large town centres.

Frequently asked questions

What is the Great Barrier Reef?

Queensland’s GBR is a kaleidoscope of colours.  Home to thousands of marine creatures and hundreds of types of corals.

It is the largest labyrinthine of coral reefs and islands in the World.  For scientists, it is a continuous fascination.

It’s a place of recreation for scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing.  A place for work for the 64,000 jobs that the GBR supports.

Where is the Great Barrier Reef located?

Located on the North-Eastern coast of Queensland in Australia.  Stretching from just north of Bundaberg to Papua New Guinea.

How big is it?

An area of 349,000 square kilometres

How long is it?

The GBR is 2,300 kilometres long (1,400 miles).

Is the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea?

yes, the Great Barrier Reef is in the Coral Sea

What is the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park?

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is a protective Government body set up in 1975 to protect this World Heritage Listed site.

What ocean is the Great Barrier Reef in?

The Great Barrier Reef is in the Pacific Ocean off the North-Eastern coast of Queensland.

How many types of coral are there?

The GBR is home to approximately 600 species of coral.  Coral has two main types hard and soft.

Along the Queensland coast of Australia are several cities that service trips to the Great Barrier Reef – Explore them today.