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.
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.