Created 12-Jun-12
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The marine park stretches over 3000km (1800 miles) almost parallel to the Queensland coast.The reef, between 15 kilometres and 150 kilometres off shore and around 65 Km wide in some parts, is a gathering of brilliant, vivid coral providing divers with the most spectacular underwater experience imaginable.A closer encounter with the Great Barrier Reef's impressive coral gardens reveals many astounding underwater attractions including the world's largest collection of corals (in fact, more than 400 different kinds of coral), coral sponges, molluscs, rays, dolphins, over 1500 species of tropical fish, more than 200 types of birds, around 20 types of reptiles including sea turtles and giant clams over 120 years old. It is a breeding area for humpback whales migrating from the Antarctic. In recognition of its significance, UNESCO listed the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site in 1981.

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