Australia Underwater

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It’s one of the defining factors of Tourism in Australia. It probably tops most lists of places to see in Australia. So I’m going to give you some clues (read facts) about this place and let’s see how long it takes you to figure it out. This is under the assumption that everyone on earth knows about this place, maybe in some latent corner of your memory, but I’m sure it’s there.

- It can be seen from space. It’s one of the few Australian features that can boast this feat.

- It covers an overall area that is larger than the size of Italy!

- It draws over a million visitors from all over the world each year. I mean, obviously!

- In terms of the Australian economy, this one place alone generates over 6 billion dollars worth of revenue per year

- It is a UNESCO World Heritage area.

- It is listed as one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”.

If you haven’t guessed by now, it’s not a good thing. Well, here come the more obvious clues.

- It comprises of over 900 individual islands.

- It is classed as the single largest living organism in the world, spanning a total distance of over 2600km from the Torres Strait in the North to the Fraser Island area in the South

- Around 10 percent of the world’s total fish species can be found within the confines of this area.

- This region used to be known for it amazing coral reefs from which it gets part of its name. Sadly, today the coral has gradually been destroyed in recent years by a pest known as the Crown of Thorns Seastar, a marine organism that eats coral polyps.

Well, now if you still haven’t guessed, then you should meet my cocker spaniel Kiki. The poster child of Tourism Australia for a long long time; I am of course talking about the Great Barrier Reef that is home to over 1500 species of tropical fish, 400 different types of coral, 200 types of birds and 20 types of reptiles. The widest sections of the Reef reach over 65 kilometres at their largest areas.

Yes, it is super crowded and you’ll have to share your “view of a lifetime” with 50 other people, but so what? It’s the Great Barrier Reef, it can be seen from space and it’s totally worth it!


As the newest member of the content team, Shivangi Rajendran comes from the world of professional dancing. With a passion for travel and a flair for writing, the Masters in Mass Communication is just an added advantage. A gypsy at heart, she doesn’t believe in planning and is always ready to pack her bags and leave.

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