Where you go

Extending from the tip of Cape York to Bundaberg, the Great Barrier Reef offers a myriad of destinations for tourism operators. For any area in which you operate, there is an exciting range of opportunities for tourism. So that these opportunities are sustainable into the future, there is a set of important management arrangements you should be aware of. To ensure you operate within these, please take the time to fully understand the requirements for the region you are interested in. A healthy Reef means a healthy industry, and you can provide visitors an experience that not only excites but also educates.

What makes the Reef special

As the largest living structure on the planet, the Great Barrier Reef is incredibly rich and diverse and there is so much interesting information visitors can learn about.

Valued by all the world  

The Great Barrier Reef was declared a World Heritage Area in 1981, internationally recognised by the World Heritage Committee for its outstanding universal value. Tourism operators taking visitors to the Great Barrier Reef are at the forefront of promoting and presenting the outstanding universal value of this unique World Heritage Area.  

A world heritage poster has been developed for tourism operators to display to visitors. The poster has supporting talking points to assist operators in providing some important messages to your visitors, with the link to these talking points below. Please email our Tourism and Stewardship section at web-tourism@gbrmpa.gov.au if you would like an A2 splash-proof copy of this poster.

Supporting talking points for tourism operators

Poster for Great Barrier Reef Marine Park tourism operators on the outstanding universal value of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area

Managing this natural asset

There are a number of management tools in place to ensure the Great Barrier Reef is afforded protection whilst allowing it be enjoyed by all visitors.

Keeping the Reef Great!

To keep the Great Barrier Reef as a special place now and into the future you are encouraged to adopt high standards in all your activities.

  • Free Zoning Maps

    Zoning maps

    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.

  • Important milestone

    40 years anniversary

    We're delighted to celebrate the 40 years of the managing the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Visit the Reef

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    Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing animals, plants, and habitats.

  • What you can do

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    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.

  • Report marine strandings

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    If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625)

  • Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef

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    A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Current Conditions

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    Current Conditions: Environmental and climatic forecasts for the Great Barrier Reef