The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, and pulling away from it, and viewing it from a greater distance, you can understand why. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space. The worlds largest coral reef system contains an abundance of marine life and boasts of over 3000 individual reefs and hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful beaches.
The Great Barrier Reef has long been known to and used by the Aboriginal Australian and Torres Straight Islander peoples, and is an important part of local groups’ cultures and spirituality. Tourism to the tropical setting in the coral sea generates AU$ 1 billion per year. And yes , there is surf on the GBR. Its extremely fickle and a mission to get to, but when the elements come together in the right places you could find yourself your own indo like barrels draining down a remote reef hundreds of miles from the nearest crow just as Asher Pacey and Josh Kerr did awhile back.