Located off Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef is home to lively and colourful marine life. It is one of the world’s most famous natural wonders and boarding point. Along the reef are over 1500 species of fish, 400 types of molluscs and 400 different kinds of coral. It is visible from space and is the large single structure in the world made of living organisms.
Coral polyps, tiny living organisms are what the reef is built and composed of. It has been labelled by many as of the seven natural wonders of the world. It has been named the Queensland state icon by the Queensland National Trust. Creatures on the verge of going extinct like the sea cow and green turtle call the habitat home as well as thousands of other sea creatures.
It is also a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of Australia’s premiere vacation spots. The reef runs parallel to the coast of Queensland and the government of Australia declared it a National Marine Park. The Great Barrier Reef has some of the most exciting varieties of mammals in the world.
Underwater explorers are treated to incredible delights by the Great Barrier Reef one of the most important Australian attractions. Scuba divers and other underwater enthusiasts are treated to an array of lovely marine life. The reef is a beautiful world of remarkable variety that extends from just south of the tropic of Capricorn to Torres Strait in the north, making it the northeast coast’s beautiful landmark.
Vacations to Australia are memorable and fun filled thanks to the great reef. The reef is 2,000 kilometres long and has many different areas where it can be enjoyed and easily accessed. There are even cruises that are made to just go and visit the Great Barrier Reef.
One of the most common and most popular activities along the reef is scuba diving and an experience of a lifetime can be enjoyed with all the vivid marine life, coral formations, comfortable water temperatures year round and excellent visibility below the surface. If you are a beginner or advanced diver no vacation to Australia is complete without diving the Great Barrier Reef.
There are a myriad of diving schools and shops close by that provide an array of scuba tips to be safe. You can also take classes to become certified to dive. Visiting this world heritage site will make your Australian vacation complete. It is the most popular and probably the most important Australian destination because of its plethora of marine life and beautiful coral reefs.