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Neetu Narayan Sep 02 2015

11 incredible facts about the Great Barrier Reef

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Take a look at these 11 incredible facts about the Great Barrier Reef and plan your next vacation to this amazing destination in Australia.

1. The largest living structure on earth, the Great Barrier Reef is even visible from space. Interesting, isn’t it?


Photo of the Great Barrier Reef

2. The Great Barrier Reef is home to some 24 pristine beaches which are ideal for watersports (scuba diving, snorkelling), leisurely strolls or just lazing around.


Whitehaven Beach



3. Do you know the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is bigger than the combined area of Switzerland, Holland and even United Kingdom. Phew!


Photo of the Great Barrier Reef

4. Want to stay at the Great Barrier Reef? Well, the place has a number of luxurious resorts which are perfect getaways for a relaxed vacation. Some of the famous ones include Bedarra Island Resort, Hamilton Island Resorts, Hayman Island Resorts and Whitsundays Hotels.


Photo of Whitsundays Hotel (from official Facebook page of hotel)


Photo of Whitsundays Hotel (from official Facebook page of hotel)

5. Can you believe that the place has more than 900 islands which stretch for more than 2,600 km.


Heart Reef

6. About 10 percent of the total fish in the world can be found within the Great Barrier Reef itself. Amazing!


Coral system

7. It is believed that the French first spotted this beautiful place. Louis de Bougainville was the first one to encounter Bougainville Reef near Cooktown which was like an early glimpse of the Great Barrier Reef. The year was 1768!



8. Owing to its natural beauty and geographic position, the Great Barrier Reef is one of seven natural wonders of the world. Check out our list of unique natural wonders across the globe for detailed information.



9. Touted as the world’s biggest reef system, a trip to Australia is incomplete without visiting this place. It also has the distinction of having the largest collection of corals, with over 400 beautiful varieties.



10. A World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef is also easily accessible from any part of the globe. It runs parallel to the Queensland Coast and is at a short distance from Bundaberg.



11. Want to play golf even in this part of the globe? Head to Whitsunday Islands to enjoy a game with your friends. Whitsunday is the only island championship golf course in Australia.



We are sure that you can’t resist a trip here after reading these 11 incredible facts about the Great Barrier Reef! Don’t forget to share your experience with us. Till then happy travelling!

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