What is it exactly about this tropical wonderland that makes it so special?
Stretching for 1429 miles (2300 kilometres), the Great Barrier Reef includes some 3000 coral reefs, 600 continental islands, 300 coral cays and about 150 inshore mangrove islands.
The Great Barrier Reef covers 132,974 square miles (344,400 square kilometres) in area. To put things into perspective; that’s roughly the same area as Japan, Germany, Malaysia or Italy or approximately half the size of Texas. Truly enormous!
As the biggest living structure on the planet, the Great Barrier Reef’s impressive size means that it can even be seen from the moon.
The Great Barrier Reef is home to a breathtaking array of marine creatures including 600 types of corals, 100+ species of jellyfish, 3000 varieties of molluscs, 1,625 types of fish, 133 varieties of sharks and rays, and more than 30 species of whales and dolphins. Phew, that’s a lot!
The closest you’ll ever get to a guaranteed sighting of majestic Manta Rays is at Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef – where during winter when these gentle giants congregate in the hundreds.
The Great Barrier Reef meets all four of the natural criteria for World Heritage listing – and was the first coral reef system in the world to be awarded World Heritage status.
During June and July each year you can actually swim with Dwarf Minke Whales here. Amongst the many wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, this experience is absolutely unforgettable.
The Great Barrier Reef is home to a perfect heart-shaped reef which you’re able to take a scenic flight over. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that!
Six of the world’s 7 species of marine turtles can all be found in the crystal blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef, and are frequently spotted while diving and snorkelling.
You can actually stay overnight right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. There are more than 100 islands here, many of which are home to resorts including Hamilton, Lady Elliot and Heron – just to name a few!