Visitors to the Great Barrier Reef can be broadly divided into:
- people who access the Marine Park as part of a commercial tour operation (tourists)
- people who access the Marine Park independently, either with a privately owned vessel or directly off a beach (independent recreational users).
Great Barrier Reef tourist numbers
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has an extensive data set on the number of tourists visiting the Marine Park. This has been collated from information operators are required to supply when submitting their environmental management charge.
Profiles of Great Barrier Reef tourists
The CRC Reef has collected information on Great Barrier Reef tourists, their characteristics and perceptions.
Great Barrier Reef recreational use
There is limited information available on independent recreational use of the Marine Park. Trends in recreational vessel registration in adjacent coastal communities is currently being updated.
If you're heading out on the water, don't forget your free Zoning Map so you know where you can go and what you can do.
The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. If you're lucky enough to see a humpback whale from May to September, make sure you keep a safe distance.
We're delighted to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park's World Heritage listing.
Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing plants, animals and habitats. There are a range of tourism experiences on offer.
Everyone has a role to play in protecting our Great Barrier Reef. Find out what you can do to help protect this Great Australian icon.
If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL
(1300 264 625)
A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.