Reef health

We’re releasing weekly updates on current conditions across the Great Barrier Reef. Aerial surveys are underway. Mass coral bleaching is occurring on the Reef, with very widespread bleaching detected.

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.
Visitor update: COVID-19
UPDATE MARCH 23rd: To support the Government’s containment efforts of this virus, Reef HQ Aquarium will be temporarily closed from 12noon on Monday, 23rd March, 2020.
Be Reef Smart
Enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park responsibly and safely.
Great Barrier Reef State Party Report 2019
The 2019 State Party Report outlines Australia’s response to the World Heritage Committee.
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

Get involved

The Great Barrier Reef is facing a range of pressures and all actions — big or small — matter to the future of this amazing natural wonder.

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.