The Great Barrier Reef

At approximately 350,000km and stretching 2,300km, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is one of the best managed marine areas and tourism experiences in the world. Its size and use, diversity of wildlife and conservation make it one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. 

For decades, our tourism industry has been proudly protecting and advocating for the reef through a range of significant environmental, educational, research-related and tourism-generating initiatives. Around 80% of all tourism activity occurs within 7% of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and over two million visitors enjoy a reef experience each year from one of seven destinations, each with its own unique natural advantage.


The Queensland tourism industry’s vision for the Great Barrier Reef is: 

To be recognised as the world’s greatest natural wonder delivering the world’s greatest nature experiences.

Core Promise

The Queensland tourism industry’s core promise for the Great Barrier Reef is: 

Nature’s greatest gift to Australia and our greatest natural legacy to the world.

The official Government source of management and scientific information on the Great Barrier Reef is the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority(GBRMPA).

Tourism and Events Queensland’s role is to grow positive awareness of the experiences available on the Great Barrier Reef. To experience the wonder of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and to plan a Queensland holiday visit –