The Wild Landscape of the Great Barrier Reef’s Outer Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s biggest natural wonder and the largest complex coral reef system on the entire planet. It’s made up of almost 3,000 individual reefs that sprawl out over an area of 344,400 square kilometres, including 900 paradise islands in its clutches.

Whilst the Great Barrier Reef is a popular hotspot for tourists, drawing in millions of visitors every year who are fascinated by the underwater world and the marine life that calls this part of the world home, the Outer Reef is a lesser-visited phenomenon.

Not because it doesn’t hold as much intrigue. In fact, some might say it holds more intrigue, as it’s perched right on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The Outer Reef marks the point where the complex coral system meets the great, wide ocean – the edge of the wall.

Now you can probably see why the Outer Reef is one of the lesser-visited parts of the Great Barrier Reef. Travelling with an experienced Reef Company is the only way to see this wondrous place and see and enjoy the very best the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

What you’ll find near the Outer Reef

Whereas the main body of the Great Barrier Reef is pretty uniformed in its layout, with similar corals and a landscape that’s both picturesque and welcoming, the Outer Reef offers a complete experience, peppered with deep gullies that bore into the outer wall of the reef itself. Here, you’ll find heavy-duty corals that can withstand the drop in depth and temperature and the wilder surroundings near the wide expanse of the ocean.

As well as this, though, you can also expect to see some of the typical colourful coral species that are so well-known throughout the rest of the Great Barrier Reef. They offer protection for the plethora of marine life that lives undisturbed this far out.

Explore the outer reefs on our Great Barrier Reef Tour.

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