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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

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Address: 2-68 Flinders St, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4750 0800
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is the world's largest living coral...

Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is the world's largest living coral reef aquarium and the Australian Government's national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef. Reef HQ Aquarium provides the most outstanding Great Barrier Reef Aquarium experience through education, inspiration and entertainment.

Discover the beauty and wonder of the 2.5million litre Coral Reef Exhibit will open your eyes to an amazing world filled with thousands of charismatic marine creatures. Immerse yourself in the underwater viewing tunnel offering magical views of a living coral reef and the predators that prowl the watery depths.

Explore the remarkable 750,000 litre Predator Exhibit featuring a replica bow section of North Queensland's most famous shipwreck the S.S. Yongala, home to some the Great Barrier Reef's most iconic predatory species.

Experience a creature feature workshop offering a supervised 'hands on' encounter with some of the amazing creatures that call the Great Barrier Reef home.

Appreciate the challenges face by Reef HQ Aquarium's turtle hospital patients and how you can play a role in protecting marine turtles in the Great Barrier Reef. The turtle hospital operates and promotes the C.A.R.E (Conserver. Act. Rehabilitate. Educate) philosophy playing a key role in raising community awareness.

Join our experienced and friendly reef interpretation staff on one the Reef HQ Aquarium's premier visitor experiences. Let our volunteers inspire you as they share their passion for the Great Barrier Reef.

Located on Flinders Street East, Reef HQ Aquarium is an easy walk from Townsville's CBD, The Strand, Magnetic Island ferry terminal and the Townsville cruise terminal.

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Great attraction for kids

Visited the Aquarium after a short stay on Magnetic Island and having departed the ferry we needed to use up some time before heading to the airport for our flight home. It is a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited the Aquarium after a short stay on Magnetic Island and having departed the ferry we needed to use up some time before heading to the airport for our flight home. It is a great place to occupy the kids for a few hours and best of all it is air conditioned (well needed in the summer heat). The large... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had our work Christmas Party at the aquarium on a Saturday night. Over the years this place has grown and the displays have only gotten better and better. Seeing the tanks at night is always magical :)

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Thank JaymieOK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I took my daughter here for a fun day out and was not disappointed. It is a amazing and educating place for a young and old mind. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful with any questions and were full of knowledge. The turtle hospital is a great addition and teaches of the dangers these magnificent creatures have to deal... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent the afternoon walking around Reef HQ and hearing all the talks about the different animals and marine life. We also visited to the Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital as part of the turtle talk, and it was really interesting. The staff are incredibly passionate about their job and the marine life they're caring for. Great activity for people young and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I spent about 90 minutes visiting this smallish aquarium. It has a living reef in two huge aquarium tanks and several smaller aquariums holding other species. One of the large tanks hold sharks and we were there to experience the afternoon feeding, which was interesting. We did a snorkelling trip on the outer reef from Port Douglas... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Incredible aquarium experience to see all the reef fish species up close and personal...interactive opportunities as well

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great set up, lots of great fish so if you want to see what is on offer at the Reef before heading out and boosting your knowledge on the marine life then you need to visit here, lots of fun for everyone, great displays. Friendly and very helpful staff.. Strongly recommended

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The aquarium is rather small and can easily be walked through in an hour or so however, if you plan your day around the very informative talks given by volunteers (which I did) you can easily spend the entire morning/ afternoon here. I was really impressed by the talks & feeds given and thoroughly enjoyed my day here. Visiting the... More 

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Mackay, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This is an amazing place, especially for kids. If you cannot afford a trip to the reef (lets face it, that trip is expensive) than this place is for you and kids

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Relax and enjoy a piece of the great barrier reef in the city. the locationis cnetral, the exhibits allow R&R in the middle of the day

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