Great Barrier Reef
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Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest coral reef system, made up of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands over its length of 2,250 kilometers (1,400 miles), the Great Barrier Reef has earned a place on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites thanks to its remarkable biodiversity. In fact, it has the distinction of being the most biodiverse spot on UNESCO's list: It boasts some 1,500 species of fish, 250 species of bird and 400 different types of coral. Animals that can be found here range from the dugong (a type of sea cow) to barely visible marine worms. Whether you choose to wander the pristine beaches of the Cumberland Islands or don a mask and see the wonders beneath the surface, the Great Barrier Reef promises to leave you in awe.

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