the world’s largest coral reef
The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from space and is the world’s largest single structure created by living organisms. This reef structure is composed and built by billions of tiny organisms, called coral polyps. It is home to diverse life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. CNN has listed it as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Queensland National Trust has named it the State Symbol of Queensland.
the Aboriginal Australian
The Great Barrier Reef has long been known and used by Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, and is an important part of the culture and spirituality of local groups. The reef is a popular tourist destination, especially in the Whitsunday Islands and Cairns area. Tourism is an important economic activity in the region, generating more than $3 billion annually.