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Facts About the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

The Great Barrier Reef became a World Heritage area in 1981

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

The largest living structure on the planet; so large it can even be seen from outer space

One of the most complex ecosystems in the world

Covers over 344,000 square km from the NE tip of Australia all the way south to Bundaberg

Hard corals growing at an average rate of 1-1.5cm a year

More than 600 types of coral, more than 1600 types of fish

More than 30 species of whales travel through the Great Barrier Reef

Six of the world’s seven turtle species visit the Whitsundays