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The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It's home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks.
Take a step back and smile as The Great Barrier Reef takes your breath away. With stunning coral reefs, colourful marine life and a rainbow of blue water as far as the eye can see, it’s a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed. Watch our video below and see why you should experience the greatest reef on earth first hand.
Covering over 344,000 square kilometres (roughly the same size as Japan or Germany), the sheer size and grandeur of the reef resulted in it being one of the original eight wonders of the world and the first coral reef to be awarded World Heritage status. The Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2,300 kilometres from Tropical North Queensland in the north, right down to Bundaberg in the south.
- Access the reef easily from Port Douglas, Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Seventeen Seventy and Bundaberg.
- Find Nemo and all of his friends including over 30 species of whales and dolphins, 1,625 species of fish, 33 species of sharks and rays and 600 types of hard and soft coral.
- Island hop through The Whitsundays or the Capricorn Islands or stay right on the reef at Heron Island or Lady Elliot Island.
- Go under the sea and dive a world renowned dive site like The Cod Hole off Lizard Island, Osprey Reef in the far north, Heron Bommie near Heron Island or the S.S. Yongala off Townsville.
- Snorkel your way around Fitzroy Island, Green Island, Magnetic Island or the Low Isles off Port Douglas.
- Get on a boat and sail, cruise, bare boat, or charter an expedition through paradise.