Providing access and support for
science on the reef
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Search for the Super Corals Expedition

We set out to provide free access for leading scientists to study corals that may hold the secret to surviving in a warming ocean. What they found is absolutely incredible!


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
• Those 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
  • Major financial partner - Northern Escape Collection
  • New coral species discovered
  • The first definitive ‘Super Coral’ species
  • So much more
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

Our Supporters

Major financial partner

Northern Escape

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 Low Isles Preservation Society Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef Divers for Reef Conservation Straw No More The Last Straw on the Great Barrier Reef

Supporting research from

Australian Institute of Marine Science Coral Watch Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority University of Technology Sydney James Cook University Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services University of Queensland University of the Sunshine Coast XL Catlin Seaview Survey Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology Corals of the World Museums Victoria Migaloo - The White Whale Research Centre

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 NETGEAR On Deck Catering 666 Marine Macpac Hemingway's Brewery Midnight Oil Total Food Network Botanical Chemist Canon Australia Hinterland Aviation Survitec Group Pro Dive Cairns Dean Miller Eye to Eye Marine Encounters Sony ATV Spire BMF Kiorion

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 Daintree River Cruise Centre Seastar Cruises Fish Paradise App - Orca Studio Port Douglas 2nd Hand Port Douglas Stationery Hub Whimsy Beads Out N About Sport Fishing Hydrobiology SeaStraws