Great Barrier Reef Travel Guide

A true natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest reef and is made up of 3000 separate reefs, 880 islands and hundreds of thousands of types of marine life and corals. Declared a marine park, the Great Barrier Reef is an extremely popular tourist attraction and holiday destination with its crystal waters, colourful coral and tropical marine life drawing thousands of visitors each year.

Stretching for more than 3000km along the Queensland coast from Bundaberg to the tip of Cape York, the reef reaches 65km in width at some points and offers some of the most spectacular diving on the planet. With over 400 different types of coral, the Great Barrier Reef is home to the largest collection of corals in the world. The amazing underwater experience is complete with molluscs, coral sponges, dolphins, rays, 20 types of reptiles including ancient giant clams and sea turtles, more than 1500 species of tropical fish and over 200 bird types.

With such a spectacular natural environment on offer, it's no surprise that the most popular way to spend your time when visiting the Great Barrier Reef is on one of the many island day trips, outer reef tours, snorkelling and scuba diving adventures and relaxing cruising experiences.

Great Barrier Reef Accommodation

Throughout the Great Barrier Reef, a fantastic selection of accommodation options provide you with the convenience of experiencing the sheer beauty of this natural wonder from the shores of the crystal waters or from the mainland. There are a stunning string of islands scattered throughout the reef that offer wonderful holiday accommodation and the more easily accessible accommodation on the mainland gives you options all along the coast of tropical North Queensland. All accommodation is conveniently located within a short distance of local attractions as well as the departure point for the Great Barrier Reef and enjoys an excellent range of onsite facilities.

Tours & Activities

The tourism industry is the largest commercial contributor in the Great Barrier Reef region meaning that there are plenty of ways to explore this World Heritage listed Marine Park at your leisure. There are approximately 1500 vessels and 820 tour operators within the region and each offers a fantastic range of activities and tours. Whether you want to sail into the sunset on a romantic reef cruise, take a day trip out on the reef, try your hand at some fishing, visit the stunning islands located along the reef or get right up close and personal with the spectacular corals and diverse marine life on a snorkelling, scuba diving or glass bottom boat trip, there's a way to immerse yourself in the beauty of the reef.

Great Barrier Reef Facts

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. In 1981, UNESCO listed the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site. The Great Barrier Reef is larger than the Great Wall of China and is the only living thing on earth visible from space. The Great Barrier Reef is a breeding area for humpback whales which migrate from the Antarctic and is also home to a few endangered species including the Dugong (Sea Cow) and large Green Sea Turtle.