The world's largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef is
home to thousands of species, stretching over 1,800 miles (3,000km)
from the coastal town of Bundaberg up to the tip of Cape York,
almost parallel to the Queensland coast. It is not until Cape
Tribulation, just north of Port Douglas that the reefs come right
to the shore and meet the tropical rainforests of the Wet Tropics.
The breathtakingly beautiful coral stretches further than the Great
Wall of China and is the only living thing on earth visible from
The varied colours of the reef's fish and other marine life will
astound you with colour combinations you couldn't imagine. The reef
is widely considered one of the great wonders of the world. The
World-Heritage-listed marine park supports the greatest
concentration of life with over 1,500 species of fish, 400
different corals, 4,000 species of molluscs and 10,000 species of
sponges. Six of the world's seven species of sea turtles are found
here and whales are often encountered in these waters.