Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is a popular tourist destination with over two million visitors each year.

Tourism to the reef generates approximately AU$5-6 billion per year.


The Great Barrier Reef is a great holiday destination for families and kids.

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest reef system.

The Great Barrier Reef is composed of over 2,900 individual reef.

The Great Barrier Reef has over 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometers.

The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space.

The Great Barrier Reef is greater in size than Tasmania and Victoria combined.

The Great Barrier Reef is greater in size than the United Kingdom, Holland and Switzerland combined.

The Great Barrier Reef is approximately the same area as Italy, Germany, Malaysia or Japan.

The Great Barrier Reef is roughly half the size of Texas.

Thirty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises have been recorded in the Great Barrier Reef.

Six species of sea turtles come to the reef to breed.

215 species of birds (including 22 species of seabirds and 32 species of shorebirds) visit the reef or nest or roost on the islands.

There are at least 330 species of ascidians on the reef system.

More than 1,500 fish species live on the reef.

Around 10 percent of the world's total fish species can be found just within the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is an extremely ancient, enormous host of living things, composed of living coral growing on dead coral dating back perhaps as much as twenty million years. Learn more about the Great Barrier Reef.

Climate change is perhaps the biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef.

Warmer ocean temperatures put stress on coral and lead to coral bleaching.

The Great Barrier Reef has experienced two mass coral bleaching events in 1998 and 2002. Bleaching was more severe in 2002, when aerial surveys showed that over 50% of reefs experienced some coral bleaching.

Sediment, nutrient and agriculture pesticide pollution from river catchment run-off is also affecting the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

Too much or poorly managed tourism could be a risk to the reef, fortunately tourism on the reef is very well managed at the moment.


Restaurants

Gelocchio

Azure
Bommie

DENISON STAR DINNER CRUISE
FONTAINE

Cruze Coffee

Nitrolato

Snoogies

Little Vegas Burger & Bar

Lost Eskimo Natural Slushies

Devine Gelato

Cafe One 3

C'est Bon

Cool LaLa Asian Cuisine

Le Sorelle Coffee House

Mr. bones

Parkside

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns
One&Only Hayman Island
Reef View Hotel

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns


Accommodations

.Castaways Resorts

.Eco Village Mission Beach

.Pandanus Holiday .Apartments

.Hinchinbrook Marine Cove

.Driftwood Bed and .Breakfast

.Mission Reef Resort

.Black Marlin

.Sealords B&B

.Innisfail City

.Cardwell at the Beach

.Mission Beach Resort

.Mission Beach Hideaway .Holiday Village

Things to do

Heart Reef

Shute Harbour

Skydiving

Airlie Beach

Turtle Hatching

Heron Island

Snorkeling

Daydream Island

Whitsunday Islands

Hot Air Balloonin­g

Whitewater Rafting

Low Isles Sailing Cruise

Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Flight

Explore the Daintree Rainforest