Guide to the Great Barrier Reef

The one word that comes to mind when considering Australia’s phenomenal wildlife and the natural landscapes on which they reside is ‘diversity’. Australia is home to the widest range of animal and plant species in the world, and the vast Great Barrier Reef is certainly no exception to this.

One thing that lends a helping hand to the Great Barrier Reef’s immense diversity is the sheer size of it, being the largest living structure on earth and the only living structure visible from space, it’s no surprise that this tapestry of rich and colourful reefs play host to a wide variety of creatures.

Great Barrier Reef

These animals range from minuscule micro-organisms to some of the world’s largest and most impressive mammals. What’s more is that since the entire reef is a living structure, and the marine life that calls it home is constantly moving, every visit will provide you with new and exciting experiences as you gaze at the ever-changing underwater world.

The Great Barrier Reef itself is made up of thousands upon thousands of living organisms, with 411 types of hard coral and one-third of the world’s soft coral, it will come as no surprise that the reef is home to the largest collection of different coral types on earth.

Nestled among the coral, you can find over 3000 species of mollusc, and 630 species of echinoderm. This reef in its entirety is home to around 1625 species of fish which cause the waters to shimmer as they dart around beneath the surface, flowing and swimming above the colourful reef below them. The beady eyes of the 134 species of shark and ray set their eyes on these schools of fish, ready to enjoy a buffet of an immense number of courses.

The world is home to 7 species of marine turtle, 6 of which can be found gliding effortlessly through the magical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Though these turtles may be jaw-droppingly large, nothing can compete with the magnificence of the marine mammals that reside beneath the surface.

With over 30 species of dolphin Norman Reef Fish and whale swirling their way through the water, the majesty of this marine life is simply breathtaking. To top things off these waters are home to one of the world’s most significantly large populations of the dugong.

Still not convinced?

Here’s why you should visit the Great Barrier Reef:

Diving or Snorkelling

Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef

The biggest reason people flock to the Great Barrier Reef is to try out the many diving experiences on offer. With so many different coral reefs, each of which is home to a different array of marine life, there is plenty to explore below the water’s surface.

You can scuba dive or snorkel depending on the level of adventure you’re looking for, all while learning about the unique ecosystem of the region and the inhabitants that call it home.

The Unique Landscape

Glass Bottom Boast Tour

The Great Barrier Reef is made up of thousands of picturesque islands and dive sites, all of which offer something different. Simply exploring the area on boat is a sight to behold, but there are other ways to see it if you’re looking for a more adrenalin-pumping adventure.

As well as scuba diving and snorkelling, visitors can experience the new boom netting trend or simply chill out from the deck of a Glass Bottom Boat and discover the unique underwater world from above the water’s surface.

The Marine Life

Marine Life

Because it is such a huge ecosystem and boasts so many different habitats, the Great Barrier Reef is home to an incredible array of marine life. Visitors can marvel at the colourful selection of exotic fish that weave in and out of the corals, as well as spot bigger creatures like dolphins, sharks, and giant turtles.

The Great Barrier Reef really is one of the most surreal and magical places in the world, and exploring everything it has to offer should be top of every visitor’s list. From diving experiences to unique marine life and pretty islands, it has something to offer everyone.

There is no doubt that a trip to the Great Barrier Reef will be an event full of wonder and fascination as you are provided with the chance to enjoy the unparalleled diversity of this natural wonder of the world.

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