Whale watching

The Great Barrier Reef is a vitally important breeding ground to about 30 species of whales and dolphins. Safe whale distances apply.

Reef health

As Australia’s lead management agency for the Reef, we monitor Reef conditions very closely throughout the year. We issue regular Reef health reports on the conditions of the Reef.

Going fishing?

Zoning rules in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks apply.

Be Reef Smart
When enjoying the many different activities the Great Barrier Reef, it is important to enjoy them in a responsible and 'reef friendly' way.
Know your zones
Before you cast a line in the Great Barrier Reef, make sure you are familiar with the zoning rules.
Moorings and No-anchoring areas
Access maps and information on moorings in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Reef Fact
Reef Facts

of Australians are proud of the Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status. It is part of our identity and an Australian icon


million football fields is the sheer size of the Great Barrier Reef, covering 346,000km2. One third of the Marine Park is a 'no take' zone.

40 years of World Heritage

The variety of species and habitats in the Great Barrier Reef make it one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on Earth. Though similar habitats occur elsewhere, no other World Heritage Area contains such biodiversity.

Reef-urbishment underway

Reef HQ Aquarium is undergoing a $80 million reef-urbishment, an initiative of the Australian Government.

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