Zoning, Permits and Plans


Zoning applies in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Find out where you can go and what you can do. Penalties apply for not following the zoning rules.

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Zoning maps

Zoning Maps help you get to know the zones. Before heading out on the water make sure you have a Zoning Map, know the zones and what's allowed there.

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Plans of management

For intensively used, or particularly vulnerable groups of islands and reefs, and for the protection of vulnerable species or ecological communities.

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Permission system

Find out which activities in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park require a permit. Most visitors to the Marine Park will not require a permit for recreational activities.

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Environmental management charge

A charge associated with most commercial activities, including tourism operations, non-tourist charter operations, and facilities.

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Environmental assessment management

As a multiple-use area, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park supports a range of activities and it is important to ensure they have minimal impact on the marine environment.

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  • 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

    fish on reef

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

  • What you can do

    purple coral

    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


    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

    Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef vulnerability assessment cover image

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