Planning your visit
The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage area and world-renown tourism hotspot, attracting millions of visitors each year and offering many exciting and varied experiences.
If you're lucky enough to visit, there are many opportunities for you to experience and learn about the wonders of the Reef.
You can also ensure your visit does not impact the marine environment.
Learn about the Reef
Before visiting this special World Heritage area, you can learn about the Marine Park, what it is and what makes it special. This will make your experience in the Marine Park all the more rewarding.
Experiences on offer
There are many tourism experiences on offer that cater for everyone and all interests, ranging from fishing to amazing diving experiences and visiting islands. It's possible to visit the Marine Park throughout the year.
Choose a high standard operator
Tourism operators can help enhance your experience of the Great Barrier Reef and they play an important role in protecting and presenting the amazing biodiversity that supports their industry.
We recognise tourism operators who go the extra mile in providing an ecologically sustainable tourism experience for visitors through the High Standard Tourism Program.
When you visit the Reef, you can choose from a range of high standard tourism operators.
Know where you can go
If you are one of the many recreational visitors who are not part of a commercial tourism operation to the Great Barrier Reef, it is important to learn about some of the areas of the Marine Park before your visit:
- Understand what you can do and where you can go in the different zones of the Marine Park
- Find out any rules you should be across for popular areas, such as offshore Cairns, Hinchinbrook, Shoalwater Bay and the Whitsundays, and specific locations such as Low Isles and Whitehaven Beach.
Care for the Reef
You can protect and experience the Great Barrier Reef by following Responsible Reef Practices for activities such as anchoring, snorkelling and fishing.
And when you return from your trip you can make good environmental choices at home, work and school that also benefit the Reef.
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.