The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The reef system consists of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, and covers an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometers (133,000 square miles).
The Great Barrier Reef is renowned for its incredible biodiversity and is home to thousands of species of fish, coral, and other marine life, including whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and dugongs. The reef is also home to many endemic species that are found nowhere else in the world.
The reef system is a popular destination for tourists, who can explore the reefs through snorkeling, scuba diving, and glass-bottom boat tours. Visitors can also enjoy other activities such as island tours, helicopter flights, and whale watching.
Despite its popularity, the Great Barrier Reef faces a number of threats, including climate change, pollution, and overfishing. The Australian government and other organizations have implemented a number of measures to protect the reef, including restricting fishing in certain areas and working to reduce carbon emissions.
The Great Barrier Reef is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the world’s most important natural wonders. It is an important symbol of Australia’s commitment to preserving its natural heritage and is visited by millions of people each year.
For more information please check www.greatbarrierreef.org
Below video (from Lonely Planet) will give you better idea why the Great Barrier Reef is one of the true wonders of the world.