Position statement

We encourage action to reduce the risks and limit the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs globally.

It's whale season

From May to September, whales migrate to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park warmer waters from Antarctica - to court, mate, give birth or rear their calves. Safe approach distances around whales are in place.

Love our Reef - Ministerial news release
News release from Minister Sussan Ley about her first visit to the Great Barrier Reef.
Reef health
Find out what's happening on the Reef in our latest monthly update.
Naming of reefs and undersea geographic features
A reef in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park now bears the name Joe Baker Reef, honouring the world-renowned marine scientist and one of our foundational board members.
Reef Fact
Reef Facts

The average depth of inshore waters - on outer reefs, continental slopes extend down more than 2000 metres

344,400 km2

Approximately half the size of Texas

Visiting the Whitsundays?

Check out our new guide for recreational users visiting the Whitsundays.

Eye on the Reef

Our Eye on the Reef program enables anyone who visits the Great Barrier Reef to contribute to its long-term protection by collecting valuable information about reef health, marine animals and incidents.