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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

Address: 2-68 Flinders Street, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4750 0800
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Ranked #8 of 28 Attractions in Townsville
Type: Educational Sites, Islands, National Parks, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, 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, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Hours:
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Travelling around Asia and Australia I have been to many aquariums but decided to go to this one when I had a free day. Only for the fact that I stayed for three talks I would have been done with the place in a half hour. It's not so big compared to other aquariums I have been to. The staff... More 

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23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Nice tropical aquarium with helpful friendly staff and volunteers. Small but plenty of fish, corals, sharks and lots of different marine life on view. You can take plenty of good photos up close through the tanks and under the viewing tunnels. Clean toilets and the restaurant has a small range of food choices for light lunch. Reasonably priced entry and... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Reasonably priced, central location, knowledgable friendly staff, plenty of exhibits and a wonderful central tropical tank. A must see in Townsville.

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Lara, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Not the best or biggest aquarium I've ever been to but pretty good and my 3 yo liked it. I did like the free tour of the turtle hospital.

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Cairns, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

as aquariums go, this is not bad, however the tanks and displays need a lot up work (upgrade). we would have thought we would be a few hours there, but had done the lot in an hour. So from an entertaining level, not the greatest venue.

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Brightlingsea, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Great collection of the finest species in the world. Enjoyed walking under the aquarium too. Turtle rescue was very interesting. We learned s lot from our visit

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Amazing to see so many different fish and marine animals in a natural environment. So much information, brilliant for people that want to see it, but cant scuba dive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

My partner and I are in our 20s but still wanted to make a visit to the Reef HQ after reading several reviews. The turtle hospital was really good and there is plenty to see in the aquarium itself! Great visit.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Heaps of tropical fish to view if your can't get out to the barrier reef well worth a visit. Bit expensive for what it is

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Reading about this place on their website as being "the World's Largest Living Coral Reef Aquarium and the National Reef Education Centre..." I expected to see much more. Having visited Sydney Aquarium multiple times I thought to experience something similar, and hoping maybe better... Unfortunately this was not the case. It is quite small in comparison to the Sydney one.... More 

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