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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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A little tired looking

It was something to do for our family as our daughter loves fish. There was a little talk where the tour guide chats to one of the divers while she was in the water.. This was our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was something to do for our family as our daughter loves fish. There was a little talk where the tour guide chats to one of the divers while she was in the water.. This was our daughters favourite part. The aquarium is old and a little tired looking. Every attraction we go to our family buys a souvenir.. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Turtle hospital an excellent close up encounter with sick turtles- very informative. Not as large as a capital city aquarium but very knowledgeable about the Great Barrier Reef so they can help with relevant and related enquiries.

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Thank Arlie H
Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a must to see by anyone. Children love plenty to keep them occupied. A hands in the tanks experience . Pick up a star fish. For those who can't travel to the reef. Here it is, nose depth away. In fact I've been there from 2005 til present. And have never seen it all. About 20 visits. So.... More 

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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This aquarium is one of the best I have ever visited! It amazingly recreates a coral reef, with living corals of course, and populates it with a huge variety of the aquatic creatures one would see if you were swimming on the Great Barrier Reef itself and makes it all visible from very close up, without having to ride on... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The tropical fish in the sea tanks are a delight to watch. They swim in a spacious wide and tall-to -the-ceiling tank open to the outside air, The green snake enclosure, however, allows it little room to move. If you come from the South this aquarium is certainly worth the expense to see the colourful and unusual fish of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I love this place. I have visited a few times now and make a point of co-ordinating my visits with one of the many informative talks provided by the staff and volunteers. The walk through underwater tunnel is a favourite as well as the beautiful and colourful examples of the coral reef. Visiting the turtle hospital is also interesting. I... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was very small, while the staff were very informative, there wasn't a great deal to see or do, we were in and out within an hour and that was after listening to talks and visiting the turtle hospital.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We love aquariums and reef hq has lovely selection of fish.,at the moment they are renovating so everywhere looks messy.staff are very nice and a few volunteers help out one lady in particular was a bit too chatty maybe she should judge people and let them enjoy the serenity.

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Mandurah, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to visit this since we had done the boat trip to the reef and we were particularly interested in the turtle hospital at HQ. We enjoyed finding out about the good work they do to find sick turtles and bring them back to health before releasing them back into the wild. Just loved it they, are such graceful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome for family outings with lots to learn about life under the sea...the volunteer staff are very helpful. refueling at the Waterview cafe inside was good.. fish and chips..

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