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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

#6 of 80 things to do in Townsville Features Animals
2-68 Flinders St, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
+61 7 4750 0800
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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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2-68 Flinders St, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Reef HQ is brilliant! All the beautiful fish you'd find at the reef and so much more! We visited just after snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef and our kids loved spending more time enjoying and learning so much more about all the marine life....More

Thank shelleyl142
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you want to see what the reef looks like then this us the place to visit. not a big place but great all the same

Thank Warren C
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great aquarium with lots to see and learn. Also a good opportunity to see what the reef looks like if you're unable to snorkel or dive.

Thank DaniBevins
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This small aquarium is very interactive for the children. The discovery centre was very hands on and all the talks had engaging friendly staff tell their story. Well worth the visit!More

Thank Chris A
ReefHQAquarium, Director ReefHQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

G'Day Chris A Thank you so very much for the 5🌟Review. We are glad to hear you and your family had an excellent experience. The staff will be very to happy to read your comments. We hope that you will all be our guests again...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We spent an hour or so at Reef HQ and enjoyed the visit to the Turtle Hospital. It is quite a small aquarium but clearly does good work in conservation and research. However I was glad that we had visited the aquarium in Melbourne earlier...More

Thank rosie101010
ReefHQAquarium, Director ReefHQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

G'Day rosie101010 Thanks you very much for your positive review. ReefHQ is the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef. Unlike other aquariums, we focus entirely on the Great Barrier Reef there are no animals in ReefHQ that are not found on the Great...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We spent an hour at reef HQ at around lunchtime- but we left feeling very disappointed. The staff were happy and smiling by the way and the marine life well cared for. This place has so much potential! But it's falling to pieces and looks...More

Thank JennyPG69
ReefHQAquarium, Director ReefHQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi JennyPG69 Thank you very much for your constructive feedback, it is very much appreciated. I'm sorry to hear you weren't happy with facilities. I must say that the toilets that you are referring to are not ReefHQ's they belong to the adjacent complex. The...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a nice outing with kids. It has a good layout, easy to navigate. Quite informative. It's nice watching the fish in the tanks.More

Thank misslisrocks
ReefHQAquarium, Director ReefHQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi misslisrocks Thank you very much for your positive review, it is very much appreciated. People often say visiting ReefHQ is like scuba diving without a time limit. We are glad to hear you found your experince enjoyable and informative. We hope that you will...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful aquarium with an upbeat staff! Lots of colorful exhibits that will impress both children and adults. Even small children have a place upstairs, all ready for exploration. Be lucky enough to witness the predator tank feeding or large tank cleaning! And the turtle hospital...More

Thank Leia C
ReefHQAquarium, Director ReefHQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Leia C Thank you very much for the 5🌟Review and exceptional feedback. ReefHQ was built with people of all ages and abilities in mind and we hope that our guests gain an appreciation for the beauty and wonder of the Great Barrier Reef and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to Reef HQ should be compulsory orientation to anyone heading out to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Here you can see the most spectacular, elusive and even dangerous of Reef marine life without even having to get wet, or seasick, or both! Aquarium...More

Thank fional943
ReefHQAquarium, Director ReefHQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi fional943 Thank you so very much for the 5🌟Reviews and the amazing feedback. We are so happy to hear you had an inspiring, enjoyable and most importantly educational experience at ReefHQ. I will definitely be reading your review out at our next staff meeting,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

2nd time visit this lovely place. Kids are Always enjoying. Many variety colorful fish. Many thing to learn. Very interesting place. Only poor canteen is a little confused. with only few choices on food and drink , wishes the people serving at the food court...More

Thank quynhchi O
ReefHQAquarium, Director ReefHQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi quynhchi O Thank you very much for your feedback it is very much appreciated. It will be shared with the team as part of our continual improvement process. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experince. If you are a local...More

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There is no need to book, you just turn up and can stay for as little or as long as you like! A great place to visit.
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