The Great Barrier Reef was world heritage listed in 1981 and is the
largest structure on Earth made by living organisms. It extends more than
2,000km from just south of the Tropic of Capricorn off Queensland's
central coast, north to the coastal waters of Papua New Guinea.
It has the world's largest collection of coral reefs, some 3,400 - 4000 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusc. Most of the reef is around two million years old with the oldest sections dated at 18 million years old.
The Great Barrier Reef stretches along the entire Queensland coastline covering several regions and the state's warm sub-tropical climate means you can dive and snorkel all year round. You could dive or snorkel on the world's largest marine park every day for the rest of your life and still not see it all.
Port Douglas Australia is in the enviable position of being within an hour's cruise to the Great Barrier Reef and if you so desire another 30 minutes to the outer reef. Boats depart daily from Port Douglas Marina Mirage and offer a variety of tours of the Great Barrier Reef. Diving, snorkelling, fishing, sailing or just cruising on the reef, it's all here with the most incredible locations on the Great Barrier Reef. This is a World Heritage Wonder you cannot miss.