The Great Barrier Reef is one of the great wonders of the world, and Dunk Island provides a great access point to see some of its attractions.
On October 26, 1981, the Great Barrier Reef was inscribed onto the World Heritage list. The Park covers 345,000 square kilometres and is both the largest World Heritage listed natural area and marine protected area. Comprising 2,900 reefs, 600 continental islands and 300 coral cays, the Reef extends 2,300 kilometres from the tip of Cape York to just south of Gladstone and is between 60km and 250km in width.
There are approximately 1,500 species of fish, 360 species of coral, one third of the world’s soft coral, up to 8,000 species of molluscs, between 400-500 species of algae, 600 species of echinoderm, 17 species of sea snakes, 22 species of seabirds, 32 species of shorebirds, 6 species of marine turtles, and 30 species of cetaceans.
As the home of Australia’s most recognised attractions, the Marine Park generates over $5 billion in tourism each year, with around 1.9 million annual visitors. Almost 85% of people visiting access the Reef from Tropical North Queensland (Cairns, Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation) as well as the Whitsundays.