The Great Barrier Reef spans two thirds of the North Eastern coastline of Australia – flanking Queensland’s coast, it extends from the waters of the Torres Strait, off the state’s northern tip, Cape York, south to just off the coast of Bundaberg (370km from Brisbane)
The reef’s World Heritage recognises its outstanding biodiversity – from microscopic plankton to whales weighing more than 100 ton.
It is the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem encompassing shallow estuarine areas to deep oceanic waters and includes deep water features of the adjoining continental shelf including canyons, channels, plateaus and slopes
It is 2,300kms long and approximately 350, 000 kms2 in size. That’s about 70 million football fields or the size of Japan or Italy
It is the longest reef in the world and its impressive size makes it the only living structure that can be seen from outer space
The Great Barrier Reef is recognised internationally as one of the world’s greatest natural wonders
It represents approximately 10% of all coral reefs in the world
It includes about 1,050 islands ranging from small coral cays to large continental islands
It includes more than 2,900 separate coral reefs and 411 hard corals and 150 soft coral and pens
Hard coral grows up to 1.5cm per year and is the backbone of the reef, growing and constantly adapting to the environment around it.
Around 80% of all tourism activity occurs within only 7% of the Great Barrier Reef region
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living thing visited by around two million people every year