5 Facts About the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is Huge

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world. Stretching for over 2,300kms along the Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef covers an area of about 344,400 square kilometres. It’s so big it can be seen from space.

It’s Home to Thousands of Fish

The Great Barrier Reef is home to literally thousands of fish, including the famous clownfish from Finding Nemo. Explore the reef on a Whitsundays sailing and snorkelling tour, and dive below the surface to meet some of the 1,500 species of fish, including triggerfish, wrasse and angelfish. After you find Nemo, you might also find Dory, the local surgeonfish.

Dugongs, Sharks and Turtles

Along with the many fish of the Great Barrier Reef, this incredible ecosystem of coral is also home to thirty species of porpoises, dolphins, and whales, such as the humpback whale. You’ll also find sharks, stingrays and seahorse. Your tour guide can help you find the best snorkel sites to explore the incredible wildlife of the reef, and you might even meet a sea turtle.

It’s in Danger

The Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half its coral since 1985, due to coral bleaching and other environmental factors. Thankfully, the reef has been listed as a World Heritage Site, and a large portion of the reef is now protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The Reef Is Waiting For You

The Great Barrier Reef is the perfect holiday location and exploring the Great Barrier Reef is as easy as a visit to the Whitsundays. Book a sailing tour and stay on board a luxury catamaran to discover the best sights in the Whitsunday Islands and the best snorkelling and dive locations in the Great Barrier Reef.

Book a 2 day, 2 night sailing tour with Wings and discover the magic of the Great Barrier Reef.