Great Barrier Reef

By: Nancy Hernandez Frias

A Vacation that Counts

Just off the west coast of Australia lies the phenomenal Great Barrier Reef that holds wonders of adventures and treasures for you and your family to experience. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometers (1,400 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometers (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. Your family will LOVE vacationing at the Great Barrier Reef and you will make lots of new great unforgettable memories!

While on Vacation

Plan your Visit!!

Before visiting this special World Heritage area, you can learn about the Marine Park, what it is and what makes it special. This will make your experience in the Marine Park all the more rewarding.

There are many tourism experiences on offer that cater for everyone and all interests, ranging from fishing to amazing diving experiences and visiting islands. It's possible to visit the Marine Park throughout the year.

If you are one of the many recreational visitors who are not part of a commercial tourism operation to the Great Barrier Reef, it is important to learn about some of the areas of the Marine Park before your visit:

You can protect and experience the Great Barrier Reef by following Responsible Reef Practices for activities such as anchoring, snorkelling and fishing.

And when you return from your trip you can make good environmental choices at home, work and school that also benefit the Reef.