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Address: 2-68 Flinders Street, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4750 0800
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: 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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Very interesting animals of the sea. Good interactive presentations while we were there. Turtle Rescue pool demonstration and explanation was very informative. Vital work for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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Townsville, Australia
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

Not sure whether to rate this Average or Very good as the 1st time I visited 2 years ago it was fabulous with the array of wildlife but the 2nd time 1.5 years later (approx 6 months ago) it was like half their collection disappeared and there was hardly anyone to see...not to mention the price is very inflated/ I... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The second best thing in Townsville (after the Strand). I spent many days escaping boredom and the heat in here, but would happily fly across the world for yet another peak. Very interesting and pro-active staff, tours and programs. ...Hmmm, just writing this makes me want to return.

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Very interesting animals of the sea. Good interactive presentations while we were there. Turtle Rescue pool demonstration and explanation was very informative. Vital work for turtles trapped in plastic or swallowed plastic. Staff are very knowledgable.

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Hobart Tasmania, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Our first thought upon seeing admission for 2 Adults and 1 Child was $70 was that this was going to be jaw-droppingly amazing. It wasn't. We enjoyed the exhibits and the turtle hospital was good to see but $70 good? Nope.

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New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This aquarium was a suprise. It offered the usual sea creatures in tanks, reef fish, sharks and turtles etc. What made this place for me was the emphasis on education. There were many and frequent education sessions held by the knowledgeable staff. Even a visit to the Turtle hospital. All the staff contributed to the educational sessions and were more... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The Aquarium is a live reef and the complex is well worth the visit. The guided tour that is part of your entrance fee is well worth the time to participate in as it is very informative. A must to see is the turtle hospital it was certainly an experience to be able actually touch the huge turtle they had... More 

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Mooroopma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I spent a few hours here listening to guided tours and having a lovely afternoon seeing all the sea life

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Spent three hours in this excellent establishment. There are many sea creatures to see in the large tanks and the various talks and demonstrations were very well presented. The staff are all super friendly and happy to answer any questions that were asked by visitors. A must see while in Townsville. Certainly a place to recommend. Your ticket allows entry... More 

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Sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a good activity to do to spend a morning out. We are from Sydney so it's nothing in comparison to their aquarium however this is a nice little taste of what's in the water up here.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Must see place you feel like your in with the fish and the variety of sea life is amazing . Loved it . You can have a coffee and something to eat as well.

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