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About the Great Barrier Reef

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef is about 50 kilometres from the Whitsunday Islands. It's a mecca for scuba divers, snorkellers and holiday-makers from all over the world.

A natural wonder

The Great Barrier Reef spans 2,300 kilometres of the Queensland coastline, from Torres Strait in the north to southern Queensland. It's formed by more than 2,000 individual reefs ranging from one hectare to more than 10,000 square hectares. The largest living organism on Earth, it can even be seen from outer space.

This fragile ecosystem boasts more than 1,500 species of fish, 360 types of hard coral plus more than a third of the world's soft coral. It's home to endangered species including dolphins and dugongs. The Great Barrier Reef is also a nesting ground for the endangered green and loggerhead turtles and a breeding ground for migrating humpback whales.

More than one million people from all over the world visit the Great Barrier Reef every year. Visiting this World Heritage-listed natural marvel is one of the world's most exciting travel experiences.

The 74 Whitsunday islands benefit from being one to two hours by boat from the outer Great Barrier Reef, and offer their own fringing coral reefs - home to many of the spectacular marine species inhabiting the Reef itself.

While sailing the Whitsundays, you should not miss the opportunity to visit the outer Great Barrier Reef with an Air Whitsunday seaplane flight. Ask how we can arrange a seaplane pick-up from the back of your vesssel.

Aerial view over coral reefs and aqua waters of the Great Barrier Reef

The Whitsunday Islands are the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.