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Great Barrier Reef

Also known as GBR

A reef of Queensland, Australia.

One of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef is arguably the world's most famous diving destination. Located to the north-east of Australia between 15km and 150km off the coast of Queensland, it stretches over 2,600km/1,600mi and comprises over 2,900 individual reef systems and coral cayes, with 900 idyllic islands offering an expanse of tropical beaches.

Over 400 different type of coral form the world's largest single structure made by living organisms. Over 1,500 species of tropical fish can be seen here. The reef provides a breeding area for Humpback whales who migrate from the Antarctic. It is also habitat for a few endangered species including the Dugong (Sea Cow) and large Green Sea Turtle.

UNESCO listed the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site in 1981.

A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park whose aim is to preserve the reef by limiting the impact of human activity.

Tourism is an important economic activity for the region, generating AUD 1 billion per year.


You can dive the Great Barrier Reef year round. From June thru August (Australian Winter) the water temps are lower (21-25C) but visibility is usually a little better (15-20M). From September thru December (Australian Summer) the water temperatures go up (25-30C) but visibility drops a bit to 10-15M. January thru April is the wet season (cyclone season). Trip cancellations are more common during these months.

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Top 10 Dive Sites in Great Barrier Reef

Townsville, Ayr
Lady Musgrave Reef
Norman Reef, Cairns
Ribbon Reef 10
Norman Reef, Cairns
Flynn Reef, Cairns, Taveuni Island
Milln Reef, Cairns, Taveuni Island

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