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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 #8 of 30 Attractions in Townsville
Type: Educational Sites, Islands, National Parks, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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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Lexington, Kentucky
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

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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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

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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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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Florence, Oregon
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We've been to other top notch aquariums. This one was well worth the visit. The volunteers were incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We're very happy we took a few hours to enjoy each of the displays.

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Noosa, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We spend a bit over a week in Townsville and absolutely fell in love with the city, one of the better things we did was spend a day at the Reef HQ. After paying the 26 dollar entry fee you enter in to the world of turtles, looking straight into the huge tank. We were even lucky enough to see... More

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

As an older couple with no kids we went here using a discount voucher from a tourism booklet. We spent a few hours watching the fish and the divers and talking to the excellent volunteer staff. The volunteers are knowledgeable and interesting. We also had coffee and cake and didn't feel ripped off. We highly recommend a cool and relaxing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

What an amazing experience for old and young. beautifully set up, very informational and friendly. Got some amazing photos, and the kids adored it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

My toddler adores this place, yearly passes are spectacular value. Even going once a month makes it a bargain. The kids can get up close with the upstairs tank and have a special experience popping up in " the nemo" tank. Nice cafe to have a bite to eat while the kids go crazy at the turtle tank.

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Whenever my granddaughter comes over for the day she always asks to go to the aquarium. She likes to see all the fish, plus likes to have a snack at the cafeteria.

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Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

try and time your visit when they have the tours running. great time to visit is school holidays as they have activities for children running at that time.

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