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:

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.

  • Free zoning app

    Zoning maps

    If you're heading out on the water, download and use the free zoning app 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.