Exploring the Great Barrier Reef
14th December, 2011
The great barrier reef known worldwide not only as the largest reef system on the planet but also as the largest single structure on earth created by living organisms known as coral polyps. The other sea life that resides in and uses the coral is diverse and the coral helps to support a staggering number of organisms - the reef really does deserve its place in the seven natural wonders of the world. It can even be seen from space!
The reef, which was declared a world heritage site in 1981, is made up of over 2,900 smaller reefs and 900 islands spreads out over approximately 133,000 square miles! Some of which is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit damage caused by humans, such as fishing and unfortunately, sometimes even coral theft!
Fortunately for nature, there is no airport in the immediate vicinity to the reef, as it is located in the Coral Sea, just off the coast of Queensland in the north-east of Australia. To access the Great Barrier Reef and view its wonders, you can fly into Queensland, where you have the option to hop on one of the many boat tours that frequent the reef and surrounding islands.
If you are brave enough to take to the waters, you can go snorkelling and discover the beauty of the reef first hand, sail, go ocean rafting and fish. Alternatively, you can do the opposite and take to the sky’s by going on one the helicopter tours of the reef. Whatever you preference, there will no doubt be an option for everybody to help you all see the wonder for yourself. (Just keep an eye out for sharks and the odd salt-water crocodile!)