Just below the surface of the Coral Sea is one of the world’s undisputed natural wonders: the Great Barrier Reef. This huge ecosystem is home to more than 2,300km (1,430 miles) of submerged subtropical gardens full of marine life.
The marine park stretches over 3000km (1800 miles) almost parallel to the Queensland coast, from near the coastal town of Bundaberg, up past the tip of Cape York. The reef, between 15 kilometres and 150 kilometres off shore and around 65 Km wide in some parts, is a gathering of brilliant, vivid coral providing divers with the most spectacular underwater experience imaginable.
The Great Barrier Reef is a breeding area for humpback whales, migrating from the Antarctic and is also the habitat of a few endangered species including the Dugong (Sea Cow) and large Green Sea Turtle. In recognition of its significance, UNESCO listed the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site in 1981. The best way to appreciate its diversity, grandeur and beauty is to take to its waters equipped with snorkelling or diving gear.