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Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park

Diving at a reef

Diving at a reef

The Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park (GBR Coast MP) is a State marine park that runs the full length of the Commonwealth Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMP) from just north of Baffle Creek (north of Bundaberg) to Cape York. It provides protection for Queensland tidal lands and tidal waters.

The GBR Coast MP supports the creation of a comprehensive and balanced zoning system within the GBRMP, providing protection of the Great Barrier Reef's unique biodiversity, while continuing to provide opportunities for the use of and access to the marine park.

The GBR Coast MP and Zoning Plan commenced on 5 November 2004.

Before the commencement of the GBR Coast MP, four Queensland marine parks existed in the GBR Region— the Mackay/Capricorn Marine Park, Townville/ Whitsunday Marine Park, Trinity Inlet/ Marlin Coast Marine Park and the Cairns Marine Park. These marine parks were amalgamated into the GBR Coast MP. The GBR Coast MP includes the rivers, creeks and mangrove areas that formed parts of these former marine parks.

In addition to these areas, there are new areas of the marine park that join the previous marine parks, for example, from Magnetic Island to Hinchinbrook Channel, or create a new management area, for example, along the far northern Queensland coast to Cape York. In these areas, the marine park does not include rivers, creeks and estuaries, and stops at the seaward edge of significant mangrove forests, for example, the marine park does not include Port Clinton, Burdekin River and Cape York rivers.

The GBR Coast MP complements the GBRMP through adopting similar zone objectives, and entry and use provisions. While the activities that can be carried out within the GBR Coast MP and GBRMP are generally the same, there are some Queensland-specific provisions that may apply.

Details on the zoning can be found on the detailed maps at the GBRMP Authority website.

Copies of the Marine Parks (Great Barrier Reef Coast) Zoning Plan 2004, the Marine Parks Regulation 2017 and the Marine Parks (Declaration) Regulation 2006 (which includes the marine park boundary description) can be obtained from the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel website.

Some areas in the Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park have special regulatory conditions that may prohibit certain activities, as shown below.

Whitsunday area

Nelly and Jonah Bay (PDF, 121K)

Byfield area

Five Rocks Beach regulatory notice (PDF, 110K)

Lady Musgrave Reef

The Queensland Government, in conjunction with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, has amended the Lady Musgrave Reef site management arrangements to continue to provide protection of the reef's unique biodiversity, while providing opportunities for the use of and access of the site.

The Lady Musgrave Reef site management arrangements and further information on how the arrangements where developed, can be found at the GBRMPA webpage.

Have your say on new public moorings and reef protection markers in the Great Barrier Reef

The Queensland Government has announced additional funding for marine infrastructure in the Great Barrier Reef and is seeking your feedback to help prioritise locations for this infrastructure.

The new infrastructure will build upon an existing network of over 120 public moorings and 140 reef protection markers in place along the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The Queensland Government is committed to expanding this network by installing an extra 100 public moorings and 150 reef protection markers between 2016 and 2019, including 13 new moorings recently installed off the coast near Cairns, 7 newly installed moorings in Keppel Bay and 55 new moorings currently being installed in the Whitsundays.

We are seeking feedback which will be used to prioritise projects for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years, focusing on the Capricorn Cays to Mackay area and Townsville to Lizard Island areas, respectively.

In assessing priorities, we are considering the following:

  • location
  • the nature of the seabed (e.g. seagrass or coral coverage)
  • the nature of recreational boating in the area
  • the nature of commercial boating in the area (including tourism)
  • the location of sites of cultural or historical significance
  • distribution of infrastructure across the region
  • ease of access for infrastructure maintenance
  • costs and construction feasibility

Stakeholder and community input is a vital part of this project, so your feedback on this proposed marine infrastructure is important.

Rules change in Bowling Green Bay to help dugongs

The Queensland Government has extended the current netting restrictions in Bowling Green Bay to also cover intertidal areas (from low water to the high water mark). These changes complement Commonwealth Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority measures to protect dugongs.

Read more about the changes.

Changes to the Lady Musgrave Reef site management arrangements

The Queensland Government, in conjunction with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, has amended the Lady Musgrave Reef site management arrangements to continue to provide protection of the reef's unique biodiversity, while providing opportunities for the use of and access of the site.

The Lady Musgrave Reef site management arrangements and further information on how the arrangements where developed, can be found at the GBRMPA webpage.

Last updated
4 September 2017