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Address: 2-68 Flinders Street, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4750 0800
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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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Pretty good for a regional city

I love aquariums and usually visit if there is one in town. Reef HQ is not the biggest aquarium, and is a lot smaller then one you'd find in a metropolitan city. However, it's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I love aquariums and usually visit if there is one in town. Reef HQ is not the biggest aquarium, and is a lot smaller then one you'd find in a metropolitan city. However, it's got the basics, like the underwater tunnel and reef displays but don't expect to see lager animals such a seals or penguins. Saying this it's still... More 

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Tumut, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

At $28 per head or $22 with Pensioner discount this was a fantastic way to see the coral reef and fish without getting wet. I managed to take photos (around 40) of different fish and coral which came out exceptionally well. Highly recommend

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Baselland
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Having already been snorkeling this was a great place to go and learn all about coral and the fish which live on the great Barrier reef. The staff were very helpful. We stayed for hours. Had a snack in the cafe.

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Canberra, Australia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

i thought it was great, it's old but we enjoyed the 2 hours we were there. Feeding time was great, make sure you see that. We also did the turtle hospital which was fascinating. Did you know that when turtles are rescued they must be released exactly where they were found. These rescued turtles are patients until they have fully... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Quite a nice little venture. Not as big as I thought it would be - and a lot more expensive than it should be!! Watched an interactive show with a 'diver' in the background with some sharks floating around. Totally boring! Staff conducting the show seemed as bored as I was! this is a big financial venture - and I... More 

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Lake Macquarie, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

A nice little aquarium only took about an hr to wander through, very informative with the information shared during tours. A well kept aquarium, very clean. Offers the public a chance to get up close to a large variety of sea life found on the great barrier reef with out going out to the reef.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Haven't been there for 15 years and the place felt dated. However took the nephews and they enjoyed it. The volunteer staff are what makes this feel special as compared to a run of the mill tourist attraction. Needs to be more value for the money spent though

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We enjoyed the aquarium and a tour of the turtle hospital. The talks were informative and the big tanks were good. Thought it was a bit overpriced ($29) an adult as it's not very big.

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Cremorne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The Aquarium has an excellent range of Reef marine life and the staff are only to happy to explain the work they are involved in in protecting the reef and the marine life.

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Rockhampton, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to the aquarium. The talks were very informative and I really liked that there were people walking through giving further information on a more casual basis. The aquariums seem well kept and there was a huge variety of marine life to see.

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