Great Barrier Reef
About the Great Barrier Reef
Being the world’s largest coral reef it may not come to you as a surprise that The Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s main touristic attraction. It stretches over 340.000 square kilometers (211 266 square miles) and is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs.
The Great Barrier reef is a very popular place for snorkeling and diving due to the colorful reefs and diverse marine life.
Your gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
The Koala Beach Resort in Cairns is an excellent place to stay, since it’s only a block away from the pier where most of the Great Barrier Reef tours depart. If you book your tours with us a get great discounts!
Did you know that…
- … the Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space?
- … the Great Barrier Reef is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps?
- … the touristic activity for this region generated over $3 billion per year?
- … the reef moves northward 7 cm (2.8 in) per year?
- … reefs grow vertically anywhere from 1 to 25 cm (0.39 to 9.8 in) per year and cannot grow deeper than 150 metres (490 ft) due to their need for sunlight?