Great Barrier Reef (Queensland Australia)

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Great Barrier Reef cruise port

Australia - New Zealand - Pacific Ocean Islands

Local Time
2024-07-21 23:06

min: 70 °F (20 °C) / max: 72 °F (23 °C) 71°F
Wind: 151°/ 7.8 m/s  Gust: 7.9 m/sWind: 151°/ 7.8 m/s  Gust: 7.9 m/sMod. breeze
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Min / Max Temperature72 °F / 23 °C
70 °F / 21 °C
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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.

26 September, 2024
Scenic Cruises Cruises cruise lineScenic Eclipse 2

Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system. It is located in Coral Sea, off Queensland Australia's coast. This unique formation features over 2900 individual coral reefs plus 900 islands that stretch for over 2300 km (1400 mi) over an area of around 344,400 km2 (133,000 mi2).

The Great Barrier Reef is also the world's largest single structure of living organisms. It is composed of billions of tiny organisms (coral polyps) and can be seen even from outer space. In 1981 the reef was designated a World Heritage Site. CNN named it one of the world's 7 natural wonders. Queensland National Trust labeled it Queensland's state icon.

A large part of the Great Barrier Reef is protected by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the human impact (tourism and fishing). Other environmental pressures on the reef's ecosystem include climate change and runoff (accompanied by coral bleaching) and population outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish.

  • According to a 2012-published scientific study, since 1985 the reef has lost over half of its coral cover. Another data published in 2014 showed that global climate change (rising ocean water temperature) will wreck irreversible damage to the reef by the year 2030.
  • A report in March 2016 stated that coral bleaching is more widespread than previously thought, and it seriously affects the reef's northern parts as a result of warming ocean temperatures.

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.

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

Some ships also sail through the Piper Islands in Temple Bay (off Cape York Peninsula).