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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Why the Great Barrier Reef is special
The Great Barrier Reef stretches 2300 kilometers (1400 miles) in the Coral Sea along Australia's northeastern coast.

There are 3,000 coral reefs plus many islets, atolls and coral cays.

The Great Barrier Reef supports 10,000 species including 1500 types of fishes and 200 kinds of birds. Other inhabitants include whales, dolphins and sea turtles.

Underwater spectacle
The sheer beauty of its fish and coral waterscapes draws two million tourists annually who come to see the underwater spectacle via diving, snorkeling and glass-bottom boating.

Great Barrier Reef ecological threats
This complex and delicate eco-system can be easily damaged or even destroyed.
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Water clarity
Except during the polyps spawning season or after a storm, the Great Barrier Reef water is crystal clear. This makes underwater viewing superb.

Getting to the Great Barrier Reef

Most visitors reach the Great Barrier Reef from the mainland port of Cairns (see map below).

Some visitors lodge in one of the Great Barrier Reef island resorts. Others live on cruise yachts (popular with snorkel and SCUBA diving enthusiasts). Still others take daytrip excursions out of Cairns.

Location in Australia
Great Barrier Reef Map
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