The Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef, Coral, Australia

There’s so much wonder and amusing details about it that all these people have become so enthusiastic about this great Australian natural wonder. It’s vast marine life, its sun-kissed beaches, it’s warm turquoise waters and all of the memorable memories, experiences, and miracles waiting for those who visit.

Perhaps from all of Australia’s natural gifts, the Barrier Reef is the most remarkable of them all. It is the world’s largest coral reef. This reef comprises an abundance of marine life and contains of over 3000 individual coral cays and reef systems and literally hundreds and hundreds of scenic tropical islands with some of the world’s most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches.

Unsurprisingly, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. And so, pulling back and taking a look at it, from a distance, one would readily understand why. It’s thought of as bigger than the Great Wall of China; and was claimed to be the only living thing on earth that is visible from space. This magnificent reef really stretches over 2,600 kilometers.

Tourism earned from the Reef earn over AU$ 4-5 billion per year; which makes it a really lucrative source of external income. It’s thirty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises have been recorded in the reef as well. It was also studied that six species of sea turtles arrive at the reef to breed.

And about vegetation, there are 215 species of birds. Aside from that, there are 17 species of sea snakes that live and prosper in the Great Barrier Reef. There are over 1,500 species of fish which live on the world.

Great Barrier Reef towns include Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Mckay, Bundaberg, and Maryborough have a sense of individuality that made them independent centers which do not rely on Brisbane. This is all located in Queensland, which is unique amongst the Australian states as it has a massive number of real coastal capitals.

Back in 2006, there were roughly 820 operators and 1500 vessels and aircraft permitted to operate in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park providing the ease of accessibility for all to experience the Great Barrier Reef and learn about its Natural wonders and breathtaking World Heritage values.

Another intriguing Great Barrier Reef fact is that it’s a breeding area for humpback whales, migrating out of the Antarctic and is also the habitat of a few endangered species such as the Dugong or the Sea Cow and the large Green Sea Turtle.

A closer encounter with the Great Barrier Reef’s impressive coral gardens show a whole lot of astonishing marine life attractions which include the world’s largest collection of corals (easily over 400 corals as a matter of fact). It also includes mollusks, stingrays, sponges, dolphins, over 1500 species of fish, over 200 types of birds, around 20 types of reptiles including sea turtles and giant clams over 120 years old.

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