The Great Barrier Reef is the planet's largest living structure, and not surprisingly is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.
This Coral Reef is located off the Queensland coast, north-eastern Australia, and stretches from Lady Elliot Island in southern Queensland to beyond the northernmost tip of Queensland (and indeed of Australia) - a distance of over 2000 kilometers (1250 miles).
At its southernmost point, the Reef is 200 or so kilometers from the mainland coast but this distance decreases significantly as you travel north. In fact, in the far north of Queensland the Reef is very easily accessible from the mainland, making it one of world's top travel destinations.
The image below shows just how impressive areas of the Reef look from the air:
Visible from space (see right), The Great Barrier Reef isn't just one big structure however. It's made up of a few thousand coral reefs which all play a part in supporting the planet's most complex ecosystem - there are countless species of animals and plants, with new ones being discovered each year.
To help protect and conserve these species and the Reef itself, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority was created and plays a crucial role in the future of the Reef, now a World Heritage Area.
A trip to the Reef is an unforgettable experience for anyone, and Wherever you visit, you can find all inclusive resorts to fit your traveling needs; but if you can't get there, then don't worry - we'll bring it to you!
This website, The Great Barrier Reef Experience, is being created to show you exactly why the Reef is what it is, and why it's long been labeled as one of the Natural Wonders of the World.
Through this website you'll be able to learn about the Reef and how it was formed, about the huge variety of life that it supports and exactly what makes it such a popular destination for people from all around the world. There's discount flights to Australia all the time, so if the travel bug bites you, don't hesitate to come and see us. We would love to show you around.