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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium General Entry Ticket

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    Visit: Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, 2-68 Flinders St, Townsville, Queensland 4810 Australia

    Your admission ticket to Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium gives you the chance to observe a variety of marine animals and corals in elaborate exhibits that simulate the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef and Australia’s greatest natural wonder.
    Marvel at the 200,000 gallon (750,000 liter) Predator Exhibit and the 660,430 gallon (2.5 million liter) Coral Reef Exhibit, housing more than 150 species of fish and 120 species of hard and soft corals. Unlike many other aquariums, the coral reef tank is exposed to the outdoors, allowing natural light, rain and storms to touch the waters.
    Walk through an underwater viewing tunnel that gives you front-row views of the living coral reef and the sharks and rays that swim around it. Watch some of the Great Barrier Reef’s most iconic species such as the giant trivially and blacktip reef sharks circle a replica of the SS Yongala, North Queensland's most famous shipwreck. You might also spot smaller critters such as seahorses, pipefish, clown fish and sea turtles.
    Throughout the day, the knowledgeable and friendly staff offer educational talks and feeding demonstrations. At the Discovery Lagoon, get a close encounter with some creatures of the Great Barrier Reef in the hands-on exhibits. You can even interact with an underwater scuba diver in the middle of the tank during a presentation about sharks and other reef predators.
    Learn about the aquarium’s turtle hospital, which treats and rehabilitates sick and injured marine turtles. Their biggest patient, a 287-pound (130-km) green turtle, was released on The Strand after seven months of treatment. She promptly swam more than 125 miles (200 km) back to her home waters off Wunjunga.
    If you want a snack or souvenir, check out the on-site cafe or gift shop.
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    Reviewed 5 days ago

    We had a great day here, looking at all the beautiful fish and turtles. The diver talk and a visit to the Turtle hospital. The cafe is good and there is also a kids play area. The staff are very knowledgeable. A must do in...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank pryors67
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Interesting talks, well organised displays. Stayed much longer than I expected because it was really fascinating.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Linda W
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    Very good insight into turtles at turtle hospital, must do if you enter the aquarium. It’s very short though, would’ve like spend more time. They were 10 minute sessions due to the 3 sets of visitors. Would’ve like to learn more about the crown of...More

    Thank johnnyh703
    ReefHQAquarium, Public Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Hi Johnnyh703, Thank you for your 4-star review of Reef HQ Aquarium and your recent visit. The Turtle Hospital is a special component of the aquarium. When we are quieter, guests are able to spend more time here to learn more about the turtles and...More

    Reviewed July 8, 2019 via mobile

    The aquarium had many beautiful displays which were very informative. The turtle hospital was fascinating. The staff and volunteers were passionate and very helpful. The physical plant itself has a tired feel to it and it seemed a bit claustrophobic and hot. It was jammed...More

    Thank Oskar_Baxter
    ReefHQAquarium, Public Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Hi Oskar_Baxter, Thank you for your 4-star review. The Turtle Hospital is a very special tour at Reef HQ Aquarium, we're glad to hear you found it fascinating. Our staff and volunteers love sharing their passion and knowledge of the Reef with guests. Reef HQ...More

    Reviewed July 3, 2019

    The entry to the Aquarium feels like a abandoned shopping mall, but once inside there are lots of pockets and areas to satisfy little minds. The main tank window walls are captivating and one can spend time watching the tank life go by. Little ones...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Clal77
    ReefHQAquarium, Public Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Hi Clal77, Thank you for the 4-star review. The current entrance to ReefHQ will have a facelift as part of the rejuvenation of Townsville’s waterfront priority development area. New and exciting opportunities will be coming over the next few years as the concourse area and...More

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