Celebrating culture and collaboration

The Reef is a place of great significance for over 70 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clan groups whose sea country lies within the Marine Park. We honour their sea country connections which go back over 60,000 years, and their continuing social, cultural, economic and spiritual connections to the Reef.

Coral bleaching

You may have seen and heard a lot about what’s happening on the Great Barrier Reef this year. We’ve put together some information and an explainer video on coral bleaching to separate fact from fiction when it comes to what’s happening on the Reef right now.

Eye on the Reef zoning

Reef snapshot
This concise, easy to understand summary covers how the Reef fared over the past summer, what this means for coral, and the actions being taken to help coral health.
Great Barrier Reef tourism and regional economic boost
An estimated $3 million in further fee relief from the Minister for Environment’s portfolio will be provided to local tourism businesses, as well as an additional $2.6 million to upgrade Reef HQ’s tourism infrastructure.
Our thoughts are with everyone around the world who is working on keeping us all safe from COVID-19 and with all the communities and industries affected, including some of our valued stakeholders.
Be Reef Smart
Enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park responsibly and safely.
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

Eye on the Reef zoning app

Download this free app to access and understand zoning rules in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Outlook Report

Every five years, we publish an Outlook Report that examines the Great Barrier Reef’s health, pressures, and likely future. We also produce an in brief summary of the report.

Crown-of-thorns starfish control program

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority runs a crown-of-thorns starfish control program to protect a network of priority coral reefs from outbreaks of coral-eating starfish.