The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem on earth and one of the best managed marine areas in the world. At 348,000 square kilometres, the reef is one of the richest and most diverse natural ecosystems on Earth.
The unique qualities of this property were recognised in 1981 when it was inscribed on the World Heritage List.
One of Australia's first World Heritage Areas, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem and is probably the best-known marine protected area in the world.
Australia has undertaken a comprehensive strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent coastal zone.
- More about the Strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef - final Program Reports now available
Managing and protecting the Reef
The management and protection of the Great Barrier Reef is an ongoing priority for the Australian and Queensland governments and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
The Reef 2050 Plan
The Reef 2050 Plan is Australia’s long-term plan for protecting the Great Barrier Reef and adjacent coastal zone.
Get the Facts
Let’s dump Great Barrier Reef dredging myths: authority chief
Dr Russell Reichelt Chair Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority article in The Conversation discusses the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s decision to approve the disposal of dredge material from Abbott Point.
Queensland Government web site Reef Facts summarises protection and conservation of the outstanding universal value of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area