Providing access and support for
science on the reef
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Our Mission

GBR Legacy will change the way the Great Barrier Reef is understood and protected by operating the reef's only independent research vessel


• Coral reefs worldwide are in decline
• Vessel access is limited and expensive
• Immediate research, innovation, education and communication are needed
• Users who need to access the reef require a cost effective alternative


With public, private and corporate funding, we will be the Great Barrier Reef's
• Floating laboratory
• Interactive classroom
• Multimedia powerhouse
• Platform for collaboration


We will make spaces available to:
• Scientists and Innovators
• Students and Educators
• Partner Organisations
• Media Professionals
• Citizen Scientists


GBR Legacy Launched

  • Initial Planning
  • Partnerships Established
  • Initial Funding
  • $30,000 Crowdfunding
  • $15,000 Private Donors
Super Corals

  • 21 day expedition, November 2017
  • Far North Great Barrier Reef
  • Free access for 10 leading scientists given
  • Vessel secured
  • $160,000 funding received
  • Further $80,000 operating costs needed. Donate Now
A Year on the Reef

  • 32 weeks at sea
  • 640 free spaces available to scientists, educators, partner organisations and the public per year
  • 1 year's use of a $2,000,000 vessel gifted
  • Seeking $1,500,000 operating costs. Contribute
Our Own Vessel

  • 64 weeks at sea
  • 1,280 free spaces available to scientists, educators, partner organisations and the public
  • Seeking $2,000,000 to purchase vessel
  • Seeking $3,000,000 to cover the first 2 years of operation Contribute
November 2017
Search for the Super Corals
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Search for the Super Corals

Providing free access for leading scientists to study corals that may hold the secret to surviving in a warming ocean

In Hot Water

In the wake of the two largest mass bleaching events on record the Great Barrier Reef is facing an uncertain future. Recent aerial surveys have revealed that shallow water corals suffered 29% mortality in 2016 and 20% in 2017 – making the total coral loss over the past two years around 50% - a devastating and sobering finding.

The Plan

In November 2017, we will be launching the "Search for the Super Corals Expedition" to identify, sample and study heat tolerant corals and perform a time critical ecosystem health assessment. Our team of experts will spend 21 days in the most remote and unexplored reaches of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; the area most affected by the these bleaching events and a region that scientists cannot easily access.

Free Access and Collaboration

We are offering up to 10 free berth spaces to leading marine scientists and educators in an effort to bring together the greatest minds in the field to secure a more positive future for the health of coral reefs. We will communicate directly to the public, provide data to scientists and hold a free public forum upon our return to maximise collaboration, education and stewardship of our reefs.

Urgent Funding Needed

We have secured $160,000 in funding to cover the majority of the operational costs for our expedition. We are urgently seeking an additional $80,000 to achieve:

  • Extensive reef education including a student reef ambassador program, satellite links to classrooms, video updates and Q & A’s with scientists
  • Participation and partnership with Traditional Owners
  • Delivery of a free Public Forum for all team members to present their results to the community

Our Supporters

Major financial partner

Northern Escape

In-kind support

Lotsa Printing Australian Geographic Australian Geographic Society The Reef Marina Warp Brands Brand Tree Creative Tones Ports North Cairns Signs Blueye Seagate Aroona Flying Fish QNAP Freestyle Port Douglas

Project partners

Climate Council Mission Blue Australian Marine Conservation Society Tangaroa Blue Coral Watch Mangrove Watch Reef Ecologic Cairns and Far North Environment Centre Ocean Geographic Sea Turtle Foundation Reef Restoration Foundation Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

Small business champions

Coffee 21 Snapshot Camera Hire Deep Blue Digital Lady Musgrave Experience Daintree Wonder Tours Daintree Ice Cream Company Samadhi Soul Massage Therapies Tāpoi Travel Ocean Freedom Just Purple Barrier Reef Brewing Company Port Douglas Watersports and Beach Hire

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