The Great Barrier Reef is undisputed as one of the world’s most important natural assets.
It is the largest natural feature on earth, is the only living organism visible from outer space and is believed to be about 500,000 years old (in its modern form for 8,000 years, having developed after the last ice age).
Stretching more than 2,300km along Queensland’s north-eastern coastline, the Great Barrier Reef occupies approximately 348,000 square kilometers.
World Heritage listed as a natural site in 1981, the Great Barrier Reef system contains more than 3,000 separate reefs, which range in size from one hectare to over 10,000 hectares.
It contains fringing reefs, barrier reefs, continental islands and coral cays; it is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 400 species of coral and 4,000 species of molluscs. It is one of the most ecologically diverse systems on earth!
The Great Barrier Reef is definitely a “must-do” attraction, not only in Cairns but in your lifetime, as is evidenced by the more than two million people who visit it each year.