Great Barrier Reef

  • US jets drop bombs on Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park July 21, 2013

    Canberra (Australia): Two US fighter jets have dropped four unarmed bombs in Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park when a training exercise went wrong. The two AV-8B Harrier jets launched from aircraft carrier USS Bonhomme Richard each jettisoned an inert bomb and an unarmed explosive bomb in the World Heritage-listed marine...
  • Great Barrier Reef may be stripped of heritage status January 22, 2013

    Sydney: The Great Barrier Reef near Australia could be stripped of its world heritage status if action is not taken to better protect the natural icon from coal and gas developments, environment groups have said. A coalition of such groups has launched the "Fight for the Reef" campaign in Canberra,...
  • GVK's big Australian bet January 19, 2013

    The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland, is one of Australia's greatest natural gifts. The coral reef system stretches for 2,600 km and can be seen from outer space. But, head inland into Queensland and into the outback and the contrast cannot get sharper: Giant excavators, three stories high...
  • Man with best job in world gets stinging shock December 30, 2009

    Sydney: It may be tagged the "Best Job in the World", but it almost ended in tragedy for a British man who was stung by a deadly jellyfish as he jetskied around the Australian island he is care-taking and promoting. Only days before his idyllic job comes to an end, Ben...
  • Indian out, Briton bags the best job in the world May 6, 2009

    Sydney: British charity fundraiser Ben Southall on Wednesday bagged the caretaker's job on an island in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. There were 34,000 applications for the job and 16 people were called to be interviewed. The Australian tourism authorities had described it as "the best job in the world"....
  • In Pics: Best job in the world contestants May 5, 2009

    Sixteen finalists from 15 nations have been chosen in the tourism promotion competition aimed at attracting visitors to Australia's northeast tropical state of Queensland. The winner will earn A$150,000 ($110,000) in the role of "Island Caretaker" on the Great Barrier Reef for six months. ...
  • Watch: Looking for a perfect job? head to the great barrier reef January 13, 2009

    Considering the dismal state of the world's economy, it's nice just to have a job. But what if you could find the perfect job? As CNNs Atika Shubert tells us, thousands of people are competing to land a position that some call 'the greatest job in the world.' you'll see...
  • The Great Barrier Reef faces extinction April 6, 2007

    On the Great Barrier Reef, Australia: Visiting the Great Barrier Reef is a chance to experience a spectacular world beneath the sea. But to the sea divers, a visit to the reef is serious business. Reef Check Australia keeps an eye on the health of the coral reef and up close, which...