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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

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Address: 2-68 Flinders St, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4750 0800
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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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Interesting Aquarium with focus on education

Reef HQ is not a large aquarium in comparison to others, but it packs a lot in a small space. There is the large tank that contains fish of the Barrier Reef, including sharks... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great family friendly experience. The staff and volunteers are knowledgable and friendly and the displays are fantastic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Reef HQ is not a large aquarium in comparison to others, but it packs a lot in a small space. There is the large tank that contains fish of the Barrier Reef, including sharks, plus many smaller tanks with single species of fish or reef environments. The also have a mangrove environment plus freshwater crocodiles and turtles. It is currently... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did the Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville a little over a week ago when we were in the area and it was pretty cool. There was some construction going on when we were there but it didn’t affect us too much on our visit. It has the world’s largest reef aquarium which is pretty neat and it is open... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great displays - obviously a lot of careful and hard work involved and hats off to all the staff. I felt like I was actually underwater and the fish came right up to us; was awesome! So many displays to look at and we went back and forth to them more than once. You can wander around yourself or join... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's probably hard to make your aquarium different to other aquariums. After all they all feature fish sharks and turtles.However, Reef HQ probably has more coral than most so maybe it is different. Reasonably priced, you can still have a good time checking out the little swimmers as well as the big ones.

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Townsville, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I hadn't been in years (about 15 years) and we decided to take the kids along for a visit. It just didn't have the same feel as what it used too. I was a tad disappointed with the experience. Great for kids as they get excited about anything but don't expect too much when you go.

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Thank Kenny B
Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love visiting Reef HQ. My favourite place is the predator tank tunnel to say hi to the sharks and large fish such as cod, wrasse, mangrove jack and trevally. It is a great venue for education, relaxing of a conference. The staff are very pleasant and helpful

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Reef HQ is in my home town, by city standards its small but it still has lots to see and do. The staff run lots of talks through the day and there is an opportunity to go to the turtle hospital which is our favourite part. Definitely worth a visit :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The price is not exactly cheap (28,- adults), but maintaining an aquarium that size isn't either. We came 90 mins before closing times and got a 50% discount! The aquarium itself contains a huge tank with fish and even sharks and a turtle plus many smaller ones presenting various species of sea creatures. Don't miss the tour around the turtle... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one off many things and places to see and go.An excellent learning for young about out Great Reef.

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