The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in the Coral Sea gained World Heritage status in 1981. It is the largest expanse of living coral in
the world, and is one of the natural wonders of the world. The "Reef" is made up of 2,500 separate reefs, and stretches over 1,240 miles from Papua, New Guinea in the north to Lady Elliot Island in the
south. There are two primary reef types: Outer and Inner (or fringing reefs), and two types of islands: continental and coral cay islands. Some islands are right on the reef and you
snorkel right off the beach. Other islands are not on the reef and you take a boat to visit the reef. Within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is also the Whitsundays group of islands - famous as cruising
grounds. Below you'll see some of the activities you can enjoy when you visit the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays. All of these, and others, can be booked by Your Travel Source.