Exploring Coral Reefs

The Great Barrier Reef by Shivani and Anna

Local Seasons, Temperatures, Rainfall

The Great Barrier Reef consists of two seasons; winter and summer. The winters are a period of warm temperatures and low rainfall, and a summer of pleasantly warm temperatures and a higher rainfall average. The highest temperature yearly is an average of 31.5 degrees Celsius and the lowest temperature yearly is an average of 17 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is usually very high in the winters in February at 434 mm and lowest in August at only 27 mm of rainfall. The salt content of The Great Barrier Reef is 35 grams of salt per liter of water.

Local Flora and Fauna

The Great Barrier Reef provides a WIDE variety and diversity of animals and plants.


There are over thirty species of whales and dolphins in The Great Barrier Reef including the dwarf minke whale, humpback whale, and the Indo-Pacific-humback dolphin. The Great Barrier Reef is the home to other animals as well, such as sea turtles, sea horses, sting rays, Dugongs, clams, and more. The reef also contains 1,500 species of fish including bass, trout, clown fish, and more. There are over 400 species of coral, 60 species of sea grass, and 500 species of seaweed or marine algae.

Need a Get Away Vacation to Paradise?!

Not sure when to visit?

If you're planning on coming to The Great Barrier Reef, winter (January-April) would be the best season to visit because the winter season is much warmer with less rainfall.

How can you enjoy The Great Barrier Reef?

There are many activities for tourists to enjoy while taking in the beauty of the reef. Snorkeling, surfing, sailing, submarine rides, cruises, diving, hot air balloon tours, helicopter rides, rafting are just a few of the amazing activities you can experience while visiting The Great Barrier Reef.

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