Largest Living Structure: The Great Barrier Reef

by Dean on September 6, 2014

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The Great Barrier Reef is situated in Australia and is the largest living structure in the World. It is one of the Natural Wonders of the World and rightly so. After all, it can even be seen from space. It is even larger than the Great Wall of China. Off the coast of North-Eastern Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is located along Queensland’s Shoreline. It is more than 1,800 miles long and is home for 1,500 plus unique species.

What makes this Largest Living Structure so special?

The reef is home to a wide variety of marine life. Part of what makes the Great Barrier Reef so special is that it is comprised of:

• Over 1,500 fish species

• Over 200 varieties of birds

• 300 coral cays

• 150 inshore mangrove islands

• 600 continental islands

• 3,000 coral reefs

• 20 varieties of reptiles

It is also a home to some of the world’s most scarce and endangered species, including the:

• Loggerhead Turtle

• Green Sea Turtle

• Hawksbill Turtle

• Flat back Turtle

• Sea Cow (Dugong)

Humpback Whales breed in the Great Barrier Reef and travel all the way from the Antarctic to take advantage of the reef’s warm waters, which are best suited for Whale births. The islands of the reef offer some of the most isolated and beautiful golden sandy beaches in the World.

Why should I visit the Great Barrier Reef?

The natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef continues to attract visitors from all over the world. There are many fun activities to enjoy during your trip to the reef as well some experiences worth enjoying in the reef include:

Scuba Diving


Cruise ship tours

Helicopter Tours

Glass-bottomed boat viewing

Whale watching



Sky diving


Educational trips

Swimming with dolphins, sharks and fish

Bird watching

Animal viewing

Sea kayaking

Wind surfing

What options do I have for visiting the Great Barrier Reef?

There are more than 50 different tours that depart to the Great Barrier Reef from various locations, such as Port Douglas, Cairns, Cape Tribulation and Mission Beach. You will have plenty of options to choose from the hardest part is deciding which one you should embark on.

Most cruises and tours of the Great Barrier Reef provide a number of activities for their visitors to enjoy. The standard activities that are included on cruises and tours are Snorkelling and Diving. If you prefer to stay out of the water, it is recommended that you choose a tour that includes sailing or take a Catamaran out to one of the Great Barrier Reef’s beautiful islands.

The Great Barrier Reef is also home to several luxury resorts and camping sites, which are perfect for an overnight trip. Australia is adamant amount their safety requirements, so you can be sure that whatever you decide to do will be performed in the safest manner possible.

Make your dream a reality and visit the Great Barrier Reef and all it has to offer. Any information regarding various tours or cruises, australian visas and other important travel details can easily be found online.

About the author: Stacy Eva lives in Birmingham, UK and is an avid reader and blogger. Since her early years she had a passion for writing. Her articles have been published in leading UK newspapers. Her areas of interest are Food, Reviews (Book/Movie), Travel, Fashion, and Lifestyle. As of now she is working as a freelance content manager for australian visas.

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