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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

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Address: 2-68 Flinders St, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
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+61 7 4750 0800
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09:30 - 17:00
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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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Brings the Reef to the City

This amazing aquarium is worth a visit if you are in Townsville. We had just spent a couple of days diving the Great Barrier Reef when we went and I can certainly say if you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For those that don't dive, or for those that can`t...ok, acceptable. But seriously if you have been to ANY other aquarium on the planet, it's probably better. The main aquarium is nice but it needs more going on.... its just dull. You look into this wonderland and honestly after about 2 mins you're bored. The whole place is clearly old... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This amazing aquarium is worth a visit if you are in Townsville. We had just spent a couple of days diving the Great Barrier Reef when we went and I can certainly say if you can't get out on the Reef, this is a good second choice. There is a great aquarium and many knowledgeable docents anxious to help you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We recently visited Reef HQ, the talks are informative and the volunteers delightful and love to impart their knowledge of the marine life on show. It is not massive aquarium but it is a good introduction for young families with children. They have an excellent turtle hospital.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

visit the real reef without having to step on a boat this volunteer led centre is a must the turtle hospital is an example of this wonderful place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful tropical fish, all aquaria presented well. All staff very friendly and helpful especially the lady diver cleaning the windows-our little ones spent ages waving to her and being waved back to! Nice eating area and good toilet facilities

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is as close to the actual reef that you can get without getting wet. A little on the expensive side but very well worth it. Don't rush your visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing to see such a variety of different corals and diverse marine creatures. The staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable.....both full time and volunteers. The turtle hospital tour in particular provided a valuable insight as to how mankind can make simple lifestyle choices to reduce risks to all marine life, not just turtles. Great value for money.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mesmerizing could sit and get lost with the fish for hours, great place to bring the kids and allow them to explore under the sea.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome Aquarium to see leopard 🦈 🐢 turtle hospital special tunnel with special fishes and black tiled reef sharks

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My kids love this place and particularly the turtle hospital. There is a good variety of fish to see and for the kids to do. That said it is getting very worn with a number of non functioning exhibits with GRMPA not spending any money on it. The turtle hospital has always fascinated my kids and they remember all their... More 

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