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 is undertaking a comprehensive strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent coastal zone.
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.
- More about what Australia is doing to protect the Reef
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
- Reef facts - Queensland Government
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
3 Mar 2014
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.
2 Mar 2014
Queensland Government web site Reef Facts summarises protection and conservation of the outstanding universal value of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area
19 Feb 2014
Feral pigs targeted to save endangered turtles
Feral pigs will be targeted under a joint State and Federal Government initiative to aid marine turtle recovery and continue the war on pests.
2 Feb 2014
2014 State Party Report on the Great Barrier Reef
2014 State Party Report on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area was released. It highlights the significant progress being made to improve the management, health and protection of this amazing iconic area.
31 Jan 2014
Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership
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.
30 Jan 2014
Gladstone Bund Wall Review
An independent review into the leaking bund wall at the Port of Gladstone is announced by the Minister for Environment to ensure that the ecological health of our oceans and harbours are protected.