The author tries to explain the idea of Recreation Opportunity Spectrum system and its practical application in the management of the protected area: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Australia. ROS main idea is to determine recreation settings, where varying outdoor recreation activities and experience opportunities can be realized. These concepts, which have been developed relatively recently, are very useful in the management of recreational areas around the world. The implementation of this system in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park runs from the 80’s and is constantly modified in order to achieve its objectives, which are, on the one hand: the protection of natural heritage resources, and on the other: making them available to tourists and to ensure the viability of the local economy. This system is not perfect and requires constant changes and improvements. According to the author, ROS and zoning, are those of many management tools that can be successfully implemented in Poland in the areas intensively used in tourism and recreation. The increasing volume of reported recreational conflicts all over the country, confirm the need for seeking management strategies, which the ROS system and zoning are included.