Port Douglas Outer Reef Tours

Snorkel, scuba dive or simply visit the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas. Famous for being visable from space and the world's most diverse reef system, come and see what all the fuss is about. 

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Top ten fact file on the Reef

10 things you may not know about the Great Barrier Reef?


  1.   The Great Barrier Reef was declared a World Heritage site on 26th October 1981
  2.   The Great Barrier Reef stretches for more than 2300 kilometres
  3.   1,500+ species of fish inhabit the Great Barrier Reef
  4.   400 different types of coral make up the Great Barrier Reef
  5.   215 species of birds live and feed on the Great Barrier Reef
  6.   6 species of Sea Turtle inhabit the Great Barrier Reef
  7.   The Great Barrier Reef is the only living thing on earth that can be seen from outer space
  8.   The Reef's origins date back to the last Ice Age
  9.   The Great Barrier Reef covers an area approximately 340,000 square kilometres
  10.   Over 1.6 million tourists visit the Great Barrier Reef each year


Great Barrier Reef Information

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. This reef system in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for 2,600 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park authority patrols and polices the area for any illegal activity. There are fishing closures during the year to preserve the fish stocks, so check with a local fishing guide for when the reef is closed to fishing. They also provide free maps so you can see where to fish and where not to fish.

This great natural monument has now been named a state icon from the The Queensland National Trust. There are number of boat tours leaving from Port Douglas to The Great Barrier Reef each day, on either a day trip or an extended overnight trip.

These tours cater for diving, snorkelling, fishing, jet skiing or just sitting back on a yacht and sailing the Coral Seas. 

Port Douglas even offers helicopter tours over the Great Barrier Reef, landing on your very own private sand quay. You can takeoff from land or you can travel out on the Quicksilver boat to their pontoon on the reef, and fly back to Port Douglas after you have had enough of snorkeling and watching the beautiful colours of the reef fish and the coral.

If you get the chance to go to outer space, look out for The Great Barrier Reef as you can see it from there.


The Great Barrier Reef is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms.

It is built by billions of tiny organisms, called coral polyps. The Great Barrier Reef supports a wide diversity of life, and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981.

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