The Reef is a unique ecosystem; home to thousands of species of marine life, including fish, whales, dolphins, and six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle.
1 of 7
natural wonders of the world.
living structure on the planet, so big it’s visible from space.
of World Heritage Listed area, which is slightly more than the 344,400 km2 Great Barrier Reef Marine Park area because it also includes some 980 islands, internal waters, intertidal areas and other state waters.
football fields would fit inside the marine park
the Reef was world heritage listed
depth on outer reefs
of the World Heritage area is made up of coral reefs. The rest is an extraordinary variety of marine habitats ranging from shallow inshore areas – such as seagrass, mangroves, sand, algal and sponge gardens, and inter-reefal communities – to deep oceanic areas more than 250 km offshore.
is the year the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was created.
inshore mangrove islands
species of fish – 10% of the world’s fish species
types of hard and soft corals
species of birds
varieties of sharks and rays
species of whales and dolphins
species of sea snakes
of the world's species of marine turtle
of all known marine species