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Great Barrier Reef Australia
A Natural Wonder of the World

Great Barrier Reef Australia is one of this country’s natural wonders. This is the world’s largest coral reef, also known as GBR. So enormous that it can be viewed from outer space, it has been named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

It comprises more than 3,000 reef systems with an amazing abundance of marine life, hundreds of tropical islands, fabulous golden sand beaches, some of them considered the best in the world.

Scuba Divers and Snorkelers find here their paradise, swimmers find here the dolphins to play with, and sailors find waters crystal clear and warm.


Great Barrier Reef as seen from outer space

Great Barrier Reef as seen from outer space


A Natural Wonder

Located on the Coral Sea, on the northeast coast of Australia, on the State of Queensland, it is the world’s most extensive coral reef ecosystem, covering an area of 348,000 Sq Km and it stretches for many latitudes along the mainland coast of to 250 Km away from the shore. It reaches depths of more than 2,000 meters.

It reaches from Torres Strait between Bramble Cay, its northernmost island, in the north to the unnamed passage between Lady Elliot Island, its southernmost island, and Fraser Island in the south.


Great Barrier Reef Australia

Whitehaven Beach is one of the Top Beaches of the World

Whitehaven Beach is one of the Top Beaches of the World

Whitehaven Beach

Located in Whitsunday Island, part of the reef, this is one of the best beaches in Australia and the world. Its powdery white sands and crystal clear aqua waters stretch for more than seven Km.

It provides the greatest sense of relaxation and escape. The moment you arrive, you see what it has received the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards.

At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, a stunning cove where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a beautiful fusion of colors. 

 You may get there from the mainland on day trips offered by many companies by ferry, power boat of luxury yachts.




Awesome Marine Life on the Great Barrier Reef Australia

Awesome Marine Life on the Great Barrier Reef Australia


Awe inspiring Marine Life

There are over 1,500 species of fish, about 400 species of coral, 4,000 species of mollusk, and some 240 species of birds, plus a great diversity of sponges, anemones, marine worms, crustaceans, and other species, especially the endemic species.

It encompasses a globally unique array of ecological communities, habitats and species. This diversity of species and habitats, and their interconnectivity, make this site one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on earth.

A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use, such as fishing and tourism.


Map of Australia showing the location of the Great Barrier Reef

Map showing the location of the Great Barrier Reef Australia

Queensland's coastal cities

The most important cities along the coast of Queensland parallel to the GBR. They attract millions to their shore to the fabulous beaches and mild weather.

  • Cairns
  • Townsville
  • Rockhampton
  • Mackay
  • Bundaberg
  • Port Douglas


Kavarra Beach in Cairns Australia

Kavarra Beach in Cairns Australia


Cairns

This is a modern city, the special hub from where to explore the Tropical North of Queensland, the Outback, the Rain-forests and the Reef.

This is where most hotels are located, surrounded by fine restaurants, nightlife, shopping and modern art galleries, as well as botanic gardens, a casino and convention center. It is easy to reach via international or domestic air service and train system.


Townsville

This is the unofficial capital of North Queensland and one of the fastest growing regions in Australia. This is a thriving metropolis.

Rockhampton

Located on the Fitzroy River and 40 Km inland from the beautiful Capricorn Coast beaches, the City is surrounded by the Berserker Ranges and Mount Archer, posing an impressive backdrop for the vibrant city center, coast and the outback beyond.

Mackay

Located on the eastern coast of Queensland about 970 Km north of Brisbane. It is called the “Sugar Capital of Australia” because its large production of sugar cane.

Bundaberg

The city is on the Burnett River, approximately 385 Km north of the Brisbane, the capital of Queensland and 15 Km away from the coast. Founded in 1870 it grew rapidly into a city by 1913.

Port Douglas

From glamorous Four Mile Beach to the wilderness of Dickson Inlet, picturesque Port Douglas has become an international holiday Mecca. Located 70 Km north of Cairns it is regarded as the most popular base from which to explore the northern areas of the GBR.


For more information visit Australia Tourism Website

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