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Great Barrier Reef


The Great Barrier Reef, stretching more than 2,300km along the northeast coast of Australia, is undisputed as one of the world’s most important natural assets. It is the largest protected reef system in the world and is part of the world’s largest World Heritage Area. Regulations ensure use of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is sustainable. There are basic rules for operating that apply to all recreational and commercial users. It is advisable to check the current requirements at least eight (8) weeks before each visit, specifically the requirement to obtain a permit.

Before cruising the Great Barrier Reef, superyachts should review the following documents:

  • Zoning plan
  • Plans of management
  • Waste disposal regulations
  • Anchoring locations
  • Compulsory pilotage regulations
  • Responsible reef practices
  • Whale and dolphin watching regulations

All documents are available on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s web site ( or email for further information.