Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is World Heritage listed and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Bigger than the Great Wall of China, it is the largest living structure visible from space. Reefs as large as this take thousands of years to develop, growing less than 2 inches a year.
Due to its astounding beauty both above and below the waters surface, this massive living structure has become one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world.
The Whitsundays region is located at the closet point off the Queensland coast to the Reef and as the coast and Islands are protected from the great Pacific Oceans swells by the 2000 km natural structure, its the perfect place to experience this aquatic wonderland.
The Great Barrier Reef is home to a stunning array of marine life, from microscopic plankton to dolphins, turtles and whales weighing more than 100 tonnes. Not to mention the tens of thousands of brilliantly coloured fish and coral. It also holds one of the worlds most important dugong populations and 133 species of shark and rays. The vast array of marine life found along the reef help make it one of the richest and most complex natural systems on earth and there are still hundreds of miles yet be explored and species to be discovered.
The naturally formed Heart Reef is one of the most beautiful marvels to observe from the air, with seaplane and helicopter trips available from the Whitsunday region, its surely one of the most romantic tours in the world. If diving or snorkeling is more your thing then a day or overnight trip on one of the many boats available from Airlie will take you to a rich marine paradise that can only be experienced on the Great Barrier Reef. With some of the most brilliantly coloured fish and coral formations on the planet, its no wonder this magnificent marine park is visited by over 1.6 million people every year.