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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

2-68 Flinders Street, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
+61 7 4750 0800
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Ranked #7 of 24 Attractions in Townsville
Type: Educational Sites, Islands, National Parks, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is the world's largest living...
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Type: Educational Sites, Islands, National Parks, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Having the Great Barrier Reef on Townsville's Doorstop, Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium will be one of the Highlights to your visit to Townsville, catering for all age groups, easy access for wheelchairs, touch tank(where you are able to touch safe marine life, information videos, sharif feeding, volunteers are in abundance to answer all of you questions. Children's play... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

A really good way to cool off and learn more about the fascinating sea life of FNQ. The big windows allow plenty of viewing from all angles and the smaller exhibits are easy to look at for all ages and mobility capabilities. The childrens play space upstairs is a great idea to allow the little ones to burn off some... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

After reading mixed reviews I was a little skeptical of going but I went any way. When I got there I was greeted by a friendly woman behind the desk who informed me on events and talks happening that day. The place was small but was not bad. They had a variety of different animals, a couple different hands on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

So many different things to look at. We spent hours walking around. Kids loved reading all the information. We went to the turtle hospital also. What a wonderful addition to reef hq. We visit reef hq every time we come to Townsville it is great value for money even for large families. Lovely staff and cafe too.

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townsville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

I thought it was great ESP taking my grandchildren, will return again. Have been a few times taking any visitors that visit us in Townsville, when I return from a Aussie trip I will defiantly go again, many different fish and lots of educational items for all adults and children, nice food a bit pricy but worth it.

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Mount Cotton, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The reef hq is a great place for the kids to learn. Idid not like that it was not long enough for my liking

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Beira, Mozambique
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Very well presented exhibits and fascinating insights into the Great Barrier Reef. Very educational and fun for children as well as adults.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The only living coral reef exhibit…This is a must! I visited as a patron & completed an externship (Vet school). Both of my experiences enhanced the other. Staff was knowledgable, helpful and eager to talk with and answer questions for visitors. Turtle hospital is an essential stop. (Not like human hospitals at all.) Tours and shows included, and chances to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We had a lovely afternoon wandering through the aquarium, but the highlight was the fish feeding session and tour of the turtle hospital. The guides were passionate about their work and very informative. Educational tours are offered in both the morning and afternoon (I think they have one daily at 2:30, but other times as well), so check the schedule... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is a very well presented aquarium representing life on the Great Barrier Reef & adjacent coastline Their representation of the Yongala wreck in their main tank is excellent Staff are super friendly & helpful

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