The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 3,000 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres . The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia.
The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps.
You can go castaway on many of Great Barrier Reef’s lush island national parks. There’s Green and Fitzroy islands near Cairns, and Dunk, Bedarra, Hinchinbrook and Orpheus islands further south. Head to Hayman, Heron and Lizard Islands for superior resorts and diving.
U can experience the marine life through a glass-bottomed boat from coastal hubs such as Cairns, Port Douglas, Townsville, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Mackay, Mission Beach and Proserpine. Or experience the reef’s smooth seas, deep drop offs, underwater tunnels and caves with a dive school or day trip operator.
U can enjoy sailing from Port Douglas for Low Isles, a secluded island jewel discovered by Captain Cook in 1770. Or charter a boat from Hamilton Island or Airlie Beach and coast through the turquoise water of the Whitsundays.
U can also enjoy camping in national park which stretch from Cape York to the lush Whitsunday islands. Cruise down the Daintree River and visit Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest.