Great Barrier Reef Facts

Great Barrier Reef Facts

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

  • The 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