The Great Barrier Reef in Australia was the first reef to be recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is one of the seven natural wonders of the world
While coral reefs generally are very sensitive to climate change, the Great Barrier Reef is extremely resilient due to its size, diversity and charismatic fauna, which are vital to the reef ecosystem.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is working hard to ensure this diverse habitat is fully protected from environmental harm.
The Reef is one of the world’s largest and most diverse ecosystems. Setting aside its environmental importance, it is also astoundingly beautiful — a wonderland of movement and colour.
It is the beauty and variety of the Reef that brings thousands of visitors to Australia each year and makes it such a big tourist attraction. Spanning over 2,000km (1,243 miles), it is the world’s largest World Heritage site, with over 2,900 separate coral reefs, and is home to thousands of species of fish, coral, reptiles and plants.
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