Eye on the Reef app

Report your sightings, know your zones and learn about the Reef

The Eye on the Reef app can be downloaded onto any smart phone device and used for many purposes.

  1. Sightings: capture, submit and share your sightings, photographs and short video recordings seen within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
  2. Education: use it as educational tool to learn more about your favourite Great Barrier Reef creatures. Use the app to tell us about the amazing creatures you have seen in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
  3. Zoning: access marine parks zoning, even when you are out of mobile range.

The observations, photographs and video recordings submitted help us to build knowledge about the diversity, abundance, habitats and range of marine animals. It also provides up-to-date information on the distribution of protected and iconic species such as marine turtles and Maori wrasse.

A sighting can be anything a Reef user feels important enough to report and can include incidents like a bleaching event, Crown-of-thorns starfish, stranded or sick wildlife, and coral damage. Other sightings are often special moments like seeing protected species, charismatic wildlife and awe-inspiring events like mass spawning.

You can view all the sightings being made across the Marine Park by visit the Sightings Network website.

We welcome sightings from within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, as well as adjacent areas such as the Coral Sea, Gulf of Carpentaria and southern Queensland region.

The Sightings Network was first established in 2007 as partnership between the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Queensland Government and the tourism industry. Since then, Reef users have used it to record thousands of sightings. In 2013 the Eye on the Reef app was developed to make the recording and entry of sightings easier.

Download the Eye on the Reef poster.

Find out more about key indicator species to record through the Eye on the Reef app.

Find out what you can see in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area throughout the year.

Manta Ray swimming beside coral with fish and water surface in background - Image credit Jordan Robins Photography

How to use the Eye on the Reef app. When your out of the Great Barrier Reef, the Eye on the Reef app is the best way to see with other Reef lovers, managers and scientists.