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Five fascinating facts about Heart Reef


Heart Reef was discovered in 1975 by an Air Whitsunday pilot.

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The best view of Heart Reef is from the air – by plane or helicopter – because you can’t swim or dive or visit by boat due to its highly protected status.

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It’s located in Hardy Reef in the Whitsundays, approximately 60 km from the mainland.

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It’s a coral bommie – an outcrop of coral reef – that has naturally formed into a heart shape.

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With a diameter of just 17 metres, it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the whole Great Barrier Reef’s 2,300 km length!