The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, and pulling away from it, and viewing it from a greater distance, you can understand why. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space.
The marine park stretches over 3000km (1800 miles) almost parallel to the Queensland coast, from near the coastal town of Bundaberg, up past the tip of Cape York. The reef, between 15 kilometres and 150 kilometres off shore and around 65 Km wide in some parts, is a gathering of brilliant, vivid coral providing divers with the most spectacular underwater experience imaginable.
A closer encounter with the Great Barrier Reef's impressive coral gardens reveals many astounding underwater attractions including the world's largest collection of corals (in fact, more than 400 different kinds of coral), coral sponges, molluscs, rays, dolphins, over 1500 species of tropical fish, more than 200 types of birds, around 20 types of reptiles including sea turtles and giant clams over 120 years old.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is a multiple use protected area with seven zoning categories: General Use zone (30%), Habitat Protection zone (28%), Conservation Park zone (6%), Buffer zone (3%), Scientific Research zone (<1%), Marine National Park zone (33%), and Preservation zone (<1%). Approximately 33% of the marine park is heavily protected by no-take areas.
There are currently four management plans within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park -- one for each region.
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