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  The Great Barrier Reef
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The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage Listed area which spans more than 2000km of Queensland's coastline. It is the world's largest and most complex reef. Most of the reef's 345,000 sqkm is protected through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

There are over 2000 individual reefs scattered throughout the Great Barrier Reef. You can access the Reef from numerous regions along the Queensland coast from Bundaberg to Tropical North Queensland. It also is possible to see the reef by air from southern tourism regions such as Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Diving and Snorkelling gives you the full opportunity of appreciating the Great Barrier Reef's many wonders. You can enjoy a fast catamaran trip out to the reef, the opportunity of snorkelling, a sumptuous lunch and be back on land by sunset. It takes 90 minutes to two hours to reach the outer Great Barrier Reef on water from Queensland coastal points.

If swimming in the deep blue is not for you, there are semi submersible craft, glass bottom boats or the land based Reef HQ complex in Townsville.

The Great Barrier Reef is home to a myriad of sea life, brilliantly coloured tropical fish, turtles, sea anemones, starfish and clams. There's also a huge array of coral and fringing reefs, platform reefs and ribbon reefs accessible from all coastal areas suitable for diving and snorkelling.

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  • Updated Aug 16, 2005
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