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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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Great for Kids

Reef Hq is fantastic for the kids, plenty of things to look at, very informative if you take the tour, cafe is great and my 5yro really enjoyed it. Recommended but maybe a bit on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Cairns, Australia
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Adelaide South Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

What a lovely way to idle away a couple of hours while checking out the many varieties of fish found on the barrier reef. Feeding time in the tank was fascinating, just a frenzy of fish. Watching the shark feeding and listening to the talks gave a great insight into life in the waters.

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Townsville, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

While it might just be yet 'another' aquarium, Reef HQ, being located in Townsville, is an attraction for young and for old, and serves as a very important reminder to everyone, that we need to focus on saving our marine ecosystems, and preserving these special resources for generations to come. The highlight of the visit is the underwater tunnel, as... More 

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Amphitheatre, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Love this aquarium. It is made even more interesting if you make time to go to the free talks on the different species of fish and sharks. The turtle rehabilitation hospital is a real eye opener of what is going on in our oceans. There are hands on activities for children.

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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Reef Hq is fantastic for the kids, plenty of things to look at, very informative if you take the tour, cafe is great and my 5yro really enjoyed it. Recommended but maybe a bit on the pricey side compared to the museum but I guess the museum doesn't have a lot of live animals to upkeep. Would defiantly visit again.

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Townsville, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

It is a great place but when i went one of the exhibits (deep sea) was closed and that had alot of tanks, but it was closed. I do think it is overpriced for a place that doesnt have many exhibits. I paid less at another aquarium that had alot more exhibits and floors. It is still good for an... More 

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Macquarie Fields, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Awesome few hours spent here. Must see with kids. Lots of Nemo etc, sharks and turtle hospital. Not large aquarium but very interesting. Lots of photo opportunities without getting wet.

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Mackay, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We thought that it was great for the kids to have a look but it wasn't all that big for the price and it didn't take too long to walk through although there were a number of interactive shows that were going on while we were there. It just felt that there should have been a bit more to it.

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Freemans reach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

What a fantastic program for kids! We spent about 2 hours wandering around and then we happened upon one of the talks, the kids loved it and we ended up spending another 2 hours at the aquarium with the predator talk, then a kids interactive talk and then got to see the feeding of some fish, the crocodile and a... More 

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

A revisit to the Reef HQ after 18 years showed that they have not rested on their Laurels and have made many improvement. We really enjoyed a visit to the Turtle Hospital, and feeding events, especially the "Explosive" Barramundy feeding. It should keep children from the ages of 2 to 99 entertained for at least half of a day.

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Parkwood, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This was a great place to take young children. Interesting and Informative with lots of activities, great staff who were very accomodating.

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