By Molly Clegg
The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space. The 2,300 km long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. The breathtaking array of the marine creatures includes, 600 types of soft and hard corals, more than 100 species of jellyfish, 3000 varieties of mollusks, 500 species of worms, 1625 types of fish, 133 varieties of sharks and rays, and more than 30 species of whales and dolphins.
A visitor to the Great Barrier Reef can enjoy many experiences including snorkeling, scuba diving, aircraft or helicopter tours, glass-bottomed boat viewing, whale watching and swimming with dolphins. The Great Barrier Reef is famous for it’s great scuba diving locations. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef offers a range of diving experiences for both beginners and the experienced diving experts. Also to get a complete look at the Great Barrier Reef, you need to stop swimming, get out of the water, and go on a plane ride above the reef. And also the tourism part to the reef generates approximately $5-6 billion per year.
The Great Barrier Reef is beautiful all year round, and a great experience for people of all ages.