Active + Adventure

Travel's Most Endangered Places

by Peter J. Frank

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Where: Queensland, Australia

What's at stake: The top tourism attraction in Australia and the only living thing visible from space, the Great Barrier Reef is slowly dying because of acidity and the global rise in water temperatures. Periods of warm water have caused the coral to die out (or "bleach") in the past, but it has recovered as the temperatures dropped again. But now the warming trends don't seem to be abating, causing some scientists to worry that the reefs that comprise this living treasure may die in as little as 20 years.

Get thee to: Eco-friendly Hinchinbrook Island Wilderness Lodge, situated on 152 acres of national park, where guests can use free canoes, fishing gear, and snorkel equipment. The property generates its own power and water, and takes all garbage off-island.

For more information: World Wildlife Fund

Hinchinbrook Island Wilderness Lodge
Tel: 61 7 4066 8270
Cabins from $256

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