The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef. The reef is located off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia. It stretches 1260 miles in length and can be seen from space.
The First European Explorer to Discover the Great Barrier Reef was Captain James Cook in 1768.
Due to its vast biodiversity, warm clear waters and its accessibilty from the floating guest facilities called 'live aboards', the GBR is a very popular destination for scuba divers. Many cities along the Queensland coast offer boat trips to the reef on a daily basis. Several continental islands have been turned into resorts.
The GBR is sometimes referred to as the single largest living animal being in the world. In reality it is many colonies of corals.
A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.