Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is pure enchantment. Not only does it delight the senses but it casts a spell over all who enter. Stretching through the sapphire blue waters of Queensland for over 2000 kilometres, the Great Barrier Reef is the most extensive coral reef system in the world.
From Bundaberg in the south, to beyond Cape York in the Tropical North Queensland Region , it is also the largest World Heritage area, and the largest structure made completely by living organisms. The Great Barrier Reef is not a single reef, but features more than 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands. Some of these islands are deserted while others are small bare sand cays, permanently vegetated cays and continental islands.
The warm waters off Queensland offer some of the best boating and diving in the world. Diving the Great Barrier Reef will introduce you to a fathomless underwater world and thousands of brilliantly coloured species of marine life including 1500 types of fish, 4000 types of molluscs, 350 types of echinoderms and 350 types of corals. This diversity creates a kaleidoscope of colour for divers, snorkellers, and people viewing from underwater observatories and glass-bottomed boats. Average water temperatures on the reef range from around 22 C in July to around 27 C in January making it perfect for diving all year round.
The Reef is also the breeding area for a number of rare and endangered species. Humpback whales swim up from the Antarctic to give birth to their young in our reef waters. Six of the world’s seven species of sea turtle breed on the Reef, and dugong make their home among the sheltered seagrass beds.
The Reef region is one of Australia’s major tourist destinations. High-speed catamarans will take you to isolated areas which were previously only seen by a privileged few. To ensure this precious and fragile natural attraction is preserved, tour operators have to observe guidelines relating to the number of tourists and the activities enjoyed.
Whether you sail, snorkel, dive or swim, the Reef is a marvellous place for recreation.
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