While you might be aware that the Great Barrier Reef is gigantic, did you know that it is approximately half the size of the American state of Texas? That’s right – the world’s biggest area of coral reef spans in excess of 1,400 miles, and it can be easily spotted from space.
There are over 1,500 species of fish that live within the Great Barrier Reef, including clownfish, which many will recognise from the hit Disney movie Finding Nemo. Divers can expect to witness clownfish in their natural habitat alongside red-throat emperor fish, red bass, numerous species of snapper and approximately 5,000 species of mollusc. The reef is also home to dugongs – large mammals which are distant relatives of manatees.
Of course, some of these species are known to cause nasty bites, which you might want to consider arranging cover for. Although Australia has reciprocal healthcare agreements in place with some countries, they don’t cover every scenario and aren’t a replacement for travel insurance.
2. There are fewer people than kangaroos in Australia