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.

World Heritage

Link to Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area page

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.

Strategic assessment

Link to Great Barrier Reef Strategic Assessment page

Australia is undertaking a comprehensive strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent coastal zone.

Managing and protecting the Reef

Link to Protecting the Reef page

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

Reef 2050

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.

Reef facts
Queensland Government web site Reef Facts summarises protection and conservation of the outstanding universal value of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area


This report provides information on the success of the Australian Government investments to reduce nutrient, pesticide and sediment discharge into the reef from broadscale landuse over the period 2008 to 2013.
The Australian Government is currently looking at ways to design and implement the Reef Trust and welcome your thoughts and suggestions.
Feral pigs will be targeted under a joint State and Federal Government initiative to aid marine turtle recovery and continue the war on pests.
The 2014 State Party Report is a progress report outlining Australia’s substantial progress in implementing key requests made by the World Heritage Committee, and recommendations of the Reactive Monitoring Mission to the Great Barrier Reef mission report.
Australian Government commits $1 million for the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership. The Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership is a forum to bring together parties to work towards the highest environmental standards for Gladstone Harbour.