Visitation to the GBR based on Environmental Management Charge (EMC) records (2010 - 2012) (SELTMP, source:GBRMPA)

This dataset shows the spatial distribution of the number of visitors to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park based on visitation rates collected from the Environmental Management Charge (EMC) managed by GBRMPA. The spatial information has been quantised into a 0.1 degree grid size. This data only represents visitors to the Great Barrier Reef who used commercial tourist operations. Data is collected and updated quarterly following receipt of Environmental Management Charge returns from tourism operators. This dataset is a set of annual snapshots of this monthly data. The count of visitor days to the Marine Park is calculated where passengers undertake a visit as follows: Full day visits: A day trip of more than three hours is recorded as a full day visit. Overnight trips are recorded as multiple full days, for example, a stay of two-days and one night is counted as two full day visits. Part day visits: Where the trip is less than three hours. The first day of a trip entering the Marine Park after 5 pm. The last day of a trip leaving the Marine Park before 6 am. Exempt visits are passengers who are not required to pay the Environmental Management Charge (EMC), for example: young children who are free-of-charge, trade familiarisation passengers who are free-of-charge, passengers for whom another operator has already paid EMC on that day and the fourth and subsequent days for passengers on extended charters. This metadata is not authoritative and was developed for documenting layers on the eAtlas. This dataset was supplied by the SELTMP team ( Please contact the SELTMP of GBRMPA for further information. Format: This dataset consists of two shapefiles, one for the 2010-2011 financial year and one for the 2011-2012 financial year.

Point Of Contact
Pert, Petina, Dr Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Data Usage Constraints
  • Access to this data is restricted, please contact GBRMPA if you wish to obtain EMC spatial data.

Tags: Tourist | marine