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Address: 2-68 Flinders Street, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4750 0800
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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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First time aquarium visitor

For a first time aquarium visitor like me, this place didn't disappoint. Although a bit small, I enjoyed looking at the fabulous and graceful different sea creatures close up... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Lydia F
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Melbourne, Australia

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Paris, France
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Although offering a glimpse of the Barrier Reef the whole exhibit is a bit "down at heel" it needs a sprucing up and a walk through of the Aquarium can easily be over in 30 minutes maximum!Shop was very poor with only "tacky" souvenirs

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Thank JohnL9168HU
Darwin, Australia
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46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Good trip with family - quite a bit too see, but overpriced & run down in many ways. Turtle rescue program is great but presenter contradicts themselves by saying they don't get $$ from government to help them yet it states QLD government sponsored on outside of buildings.... Hmmmm ...

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Thank AlgoaDoors
Mackay Region, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Townsville need to get behind this great place. The staff were very friendly, the cafe attached did serve very good food and coffee

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1 Thank Leeanne J
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Educated the kids loved the little souvenirs and all the fishes my little girl loves the mermaids but didn't see any sharks thank god! Boys wanted to jump in and be like Steve with that little croc!

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1 Thank Bethany M
Bundaberg, Australia
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely wonderful. This whole experience here at the Aquarium is mind blowing. A great range of fish, sharks, stingrays, coral and much more. Got to see the divers clean the tanks. Lovely to see that they add to the experience, interacting with the visitors. Lots to see and do. This is one of the top ten things to see in... More 

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1 Thank SandiS54
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For a first time aquarium visitor like me, this place didn't disappoint. Although a bit small, I enjoyed looking at the fabulous and graceful different sea creatures close up. Highlights: turtle talk and hospital visit, gazing at the colourful marine creatures from the film "Finding Nemo" and taking lots of photos of colourful fish/corals.. Overall, worth the visit. I had... More 

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1 Thank Lydia F
Melbourne, Australia
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78 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sure, its getting on a bit now, but it is still one of the best aquariums in the world if only because it has access to the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. Plan a full day, take kids, or simply go by yourself and sit and watch. Underwater heaven.

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1 Thank Sheridan W
Melbourne, Australia
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163 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very small venue for the money. We were out in 30 minutes like other reviewers have also said. The staff I found were not overly friendly. I find Aquariums quite boring anyway once you have been to one they are all the same. It was a good time filler before we left for the airport.

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Thank RayleneL
Prague, Czech Republic
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36 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice aquarium. One might think it could have a bit more "touch" experience. There was a "touch" corner for kids, but touching was quite limited, it was more educational... The Coral Reef tank is lovely, lots of different kinds of coral, fish, starfish, sharks, rays, all in all very good.

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1 Thank dmcc1973
Waycross, Georgia
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really loved the turtle hospital. The staff really love what they do. We have been to many aquariums but it was terrific to visit the largest reef in the world.

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