Words by Rosie Wang
People from all over the globe come to Port Douglas each year to visit the iconic Great Barrier Reef. The world’s biggest living structure, it is so large it can be seen from space. Amazingly, this gigantic structure that stretches for 2000 km is ‘built’ by miniscule organisms that are less than 3mm in diameter,
Port Douglas is the nearest town to the Great Barrier Reef (50 nautical miles), so it is not surprising that it is proving to be a centre of excellence for preserving and researching corals.
People tend to think of corals as plants or rock but know little about what coral actually is
Port Douglas tour operators treat the stewardship of the Great Barrier Reef as a high priority (it is their living after all) and through this are becoming world leaders in innovation and coral restoration techniques.
People tend to think of corals as plants or rock but know little about what coral actually is and its effects on the environment as an important part of the world’s delicate eco structure.