Great Barrier Reef Facts

A list of quick yet important facts on key aspects of the Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef might be widely-known as a travel destination, however it’s also a complex and diverse ecosystem that has many factors that help set it apart from many other similar coral reefs throughout the world. We take a look at some of the key facts and statistics that cover the Great Barrier Reef’s essentials here.

Some quick-hitting facts about the Great Barrier Reef that you may not already know:

Great Barrier Reef Facts & Figures:

  • The Great Barrier Reef is classed as the single largest living organism in the world, spanning a total distance of over 2600km from the Torres Strait in the North to the Fraser Island area in the South
  • The Great Barrier Reef is comprised of over 900 individual islands
  • The widest sections of the Great Barrier Reef reach over 65 kilometres at their largest areas
  • Over 1500 species of tropical fish, 400 different types of coral, 200 types of birds and 20 types of reptiles are just some of the lifeforms which inhabit the reef
  • The Great Barrier Reef is one of the few Australian features that can be seen from space
  • The Great Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage area and listed as one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”
  • The Great Barrier Reef covers an overall area that is larger than the size of Italy
  • The Great Barrier Reef draws over a million visitors from all over the world each year
  • In terms of the Australian economy, the Great Barrier Reef alone generates over 6 billion dollars worth of revenue per year
  • Around 10 percent of the world’s total fish species can be found just within the Great Barrier Reef T
  • he coral of the Great Barrier Reef has gradually been destroyed in recent years by a pest known as the Crown of Thorns Seastar, a marine organism that eats coral polyps

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