About the Reef

reef map Listed as a World Heritage Site in 1981, the Great Barrier Reef is home to 1500 species of marine fish, 360 species of hard corals, between 5000 and 8000 species of mollusks, 600 species of echinoderms, 17 species of sea snakes, 30 species of whales and dolphins, 6 species of marine turtles, 22 species of seabirds and 32 species of shorebirds which breed on the reef's many small islands.

Off the north-east coast of Queensland, it stretches more than 2,000 kilometres along the Queensland coast, from the mainland towns of Port Douglas to Bundaberg.

With long, warm and sunny days in all seasons, the Great Barrier Reef is an ideal holiday destination all year round. The tropical wet season lasts from November to March.

Facts

aerial reef shot