The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. It is located in Coral Sea, off Queensland's coast, and features over 2900 individual coral reefs plus 900 islands that stretch for over 2300 km (1400 ml) over an area of around 344,400 km2 (133,000 ml2).
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest single structure consisting of living organisms. It can be seen from outer space and is composed of billions of tiny organisms (coral polyps). The Great Barrier Reef supports a diversity of life and in 1981 was chosen for a World Heritage Site. CNN named it one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. Queensland National Trust labelled it Queensland's state icon.
A large part of the Great Barrier Reef is protected by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, that helps to limit the human use impact, such as tourism and fishing. Other environmental pressures on reef's ecosystem include climate change and runoff, accompanied by coral bleaching, and population outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish. Since 1985, the reef has lost over half of its coral cover, according to a study published Oct 2012 by the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences.
The Great Barrier Reef has been known to and used by Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal Australian peoples, and is a major part of local groups' spirituality and cultures. The reef is a popular destination for tourists, especially in the Cairns and Whitsunday Islands regions. Tourism generates more than $3 billion per year.
Google Underwater Street View in 3D was launched in November 2014, of the Great Barrier Reef. A report in March 2016 states that coral bleaching is more widespread than previously thought, and it seriously affects reef's northern parts as a result of warming ocean temperatures.
Among the most popular destinations for cruise ship tourism are:
- Creech Reef
- Hardy Reef
- Little Boydong Reef
- Nathan Reef,
- The Ribbon Reefs are collectively called 10 individual coral reefs, all located to the north of Cairns and Port Douglas.
- Thetford Reef
Highlights: Diving and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia.
If you lose the Great Barrier Reef location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Great Barrier Reef cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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5 October, 2016
6 October, 2016