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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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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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A cool place to visit

A great place to visit the for an hour or so during the NQ heat. You will see a living coral reef will all different species of fish. You will also have the opportunity to see... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Charters Towers, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's always nice to take the kids but the place is too small for the price. We used to have a year pass which made it easier but it's always packed on the weekends and holidays.

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Thank ashelks
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Reef hq isn't as big as other aquariums but it's great to learn about the reef and types of fish around the area. Enterance looked a little tired but was really fun to see all the types of fish inside.

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A fantastic amount of marine life, displays, shows and things to see and do. The kids will love it, enjoyable all round.

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Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A great place to visit the for an hour or so during the NQ heat. You will see a living coral reef will all different species of fish. You will also have the opportunity to see a baby crocodile. Cost for adults $28 and $14 for kids. They have family passes and yearly passes as well. A nice little cafe... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love all the fishes they had. I walked through the whole place with in an hour. It's a great place for family.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fantastic place, a visual wonderland with education thrown in for free, which was informative, funny and relaxed. The staff and volunteers were great, very helpful and had enough time to talk to us. We took our teenage children who also loved it, they were particularly impressed with the research that the aquarium carry out.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting feature is the diver among the Sharks (obviously tame ones). In the auditoriums the group (mainly children) was able to communicate with the diver. A volunteer is giving a lecture on what is to see in the largest of the aquaria. A visit to see the Turtle Hospital is also possible at certain times. The whole Enterprise... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It has been years since I have been here and the aquarium is still a very informative place to see. It has a very large live reef teaming with all sorts of fish. There is also a turtle hospital that can be visited. They had two currently being returned to full health.

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Thank Andrew M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The reef hq was a good time filler. We were there for about an hour and a half and the kids got over it (they are 9,7 and 4). Go on a day where they feed the sharks. That was entertaining. The kids loved the Dino exhibit next door at the museum more.

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fabulous attraction for both young and old. The aquarium contains the largest living coral reef in the world. Giant panoramic windows enable you to walk through a glass tunnel which feels like you are beneath the ocean surface amongst colourful tropical fish. Display cabinets house living marine specimens and touch screen information provides all the information.

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