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The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef was world heritage listed in 1981 and is the largest structure on Earth made by living organisms.

The Great Barrier Reef extends more than 2,000km from just south of the Tropic of Capricorn off Queensland’s central coast and north to the coastal waters of Papua New Guinea.

It has the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, some 3,400,400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusc. Most of the Great Barrier Reef is around two million years old with the oldest sections dated at 18 million years old.

From above, the Great Barrier Reef looks like a swirl of blues. Turquoise channels snake between sapphire coral gardens towards the foam-edged indigo where the reefs end and the continental shelf plunges 1,500m. Under the Coral Sea there are other blues and reds, yellows, purples, greens, oranges and pinks too, sometimes all on one fish.

The Great Barrier Reef covers the entire Queensland coastline covering several regions and the state’s warm sub-tropical climate offers SCUBA diving and snorkelling all year round.

Imagine you could dive on the world’s largest marine park every day for the rest of your life and still not see it all!

Tour boats depart daily from the Port Douglas marina taking guests to the inner or outer reefs for diving, snorkelling, sailing or just enjoying the cruise.

Nimrod Port Douglas Apartments are in a perfect location to stay when exploring The Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling or scuba diving. Visit our Tour Desk to arrange your Great Barrier Reef activities.