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Great Barrier Reef (Queensland)

The World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is the largest natural feature on earth, and is the only living landmark that can be seen from outer space. This Marine Park stretches more than 2,300km on Australia’s northeast coast from the north of Queensland to the top of Bundaberg.

Described as the calmest boating destination in the world, the reef is a popular location for diving and cruising – particularly to catch a glimpse of some of the area’s fascinating marine life. The Great Barrier Reef is home to more than 2,800 coral reefs (the world’s largest collection), 400 different types of coral, 1,500 species of fish, 4,000 types of mollusc, dolphins, whales and endangered species such as dugongs (sea-cows) and green turtles.

The reef and its surrounding 74 islands are maintained by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). Perhaps the most famous of this collection of islands is Green Island - referred to as the most environmentally sensitive tourist destination in the world. Green Island is set on a coral cay, and is the only tropical rainforest island on earth to be completely surrounded by coral reef.

The GBRMPA encourages tourists to follow their best environmental practices in all activities such as swimming, diving and cruising, to help protect the marine creatures, the coral reef, and to keep the clear turqiose waters unpolluted. These guidelines are not legally binding, but the Authority simply asks that guests respect this unique natural phenomenon.