The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest complex of coral reefs and islands in the world. Often perceived as one giant reef, it is actually made up of 3,000 individual reefs. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and is recognised by the World Heritage Convention. Covering an area larger than Great Britain, the Reef supports the most diverse collection of life forms found in one location in the world. The Reef is easily accessible from Cairns and Townsville and visitors can take a short boat ride to nearby islands and reefs to experience snorkelling and scuba diving. Find out more from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).