What is the Great Barrier Reef?
A World Heritage listed site, the Great Barrier Reef is a system of around 3,000 individual reefs. It is the largest barrier reef system on the planet.
Why is the Great Barrier Reef important?
Our planet needs healthy oceans to survive, and healthy oceans rely on healthy coral reefs. Their role as a nursery for over a quarter of all marine life is fundamental to ocean biodiversity and health.
The 1,050 islands and 2,300km of coastal wetland ecosystems along the Great Barrier Reef also support some of the highest biodiversity on the planet and store carbon up to 50 times more efficiently than tropical rainforests.
Where is the Great Barrier Reef located?
Located in the coral sea, the Great Barrier Reef runs vertically along the coast of Queensland, from the northern most point of Australia - the Cape York Peninsula – all the way to Bundaberg in the south. Around 2 million tourists visit the Reef each year and some of the most popular destinations include Cairns, Port Douglas and the Whitsundays.
How old is the Great Barrier Reef?
Considering its expansive beauty, it’s surprising to discover that the Great Barrier Reef is believed to be the world’s youngest reef system. While the Reef in its modern form began developing around 10,000 years ago, there’s speculation regarding its true age. The outer core of the Reef may have begun forming as far back as a million years ago, while the structures on which it lives in its modern form are likely around 600,000 years old. Garnier is supporting the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to help protect and preserve this natural relic.