The world’s largest coral reef system comprises nearly 3,000 individual reef areas. It stretches for over 2,300 kilometres. Notably, astronauts report being able to see The Great Barrier Reef from outer space. It is the world’s largest single structure created by living organisms. Also, it has been a World Heritage Site since 1981. However, according to a study published in 2012 by the Great Barrier Reef has lost more than 50 per cent of its coral since 1985. Principally, this is due to climate change but also damage from constant tourist visits.
Airlie Beach is an extremely popular Australian resort on Queensland’s Whitsunday Coast. Therefore, this area is the gateway to visiting the world-renowned Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Yacht Charter and Sea cruises are available from the Port of Airlie and Abell Point Marina.
The area has its own lagoon. This is a man-made swimming area with a family-friendly beach and park. As this part of Australia is extremely importaant as a tourist area, the local authorities take great care to keep jellyfish out of the lagoon by the use of special nets. Additionally, the town has a lively nightlife, ranging from cheap backpacker bars to exclusive nightclubs.
The Coral Sea opens to the Pacific Ocean forming the sea border to the east of the state of Queensland.
This is the second-largest state in Australia. In May 2018, Queensland had a population of five million, mostly concentrated along the coast. The capital and largest city is Brisbane. Furthermore, people often call Queensland the “Australia’s Sunshine State”. Notably, the state is home to ten of Australia’s largest cities.