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Reef HQ Aqaurium - Townsville

Get up close to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet at Reef HQ Aquarium

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!

Visitors are often overwhelmed at the complexity of a coral reef. A visit to Reef HQ beforehand makes that first time snorkelling experience all the more amazing

Reef HQ Aquarium also has a dedicated turtle hospital facility where sick and injured marine turtles can be cared for and rehabilitated

Reef HQ Aquarium Features:

  • 2.5 million litre Coral Reef Exhibit
  • Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital
  • Daily talks and tours designed to educate visitors about the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (included in the cost of admission)
  • Compliments a dive or snorkel trip, allowing divers to enjoy and understand the Great Barrier Reef
  • Reef HQ Aquarium is the centre of excellence in marine science research and education

Signature tours are run daily by a team of interpretative guides and volunteers

  • 10.30am Predator Dive Show
  • 12.00pm Turtle Hospital Talk and Tour
  • 2.30pm Animal Feeding Tour
  • 3.30pm Turtle Hospital Talk and Tour

Reef HQ Aquarium is open 9.30am - 5.00pm, 7 days a week

Price: Adult $28 Child (5-16) $14

Children under 5 years go free

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4.6

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Robyn Odea from Australia wrote on 11 January 2020

Brilliant- Reef Aquarium

Thoroughly enjoyable. Could easily watch the fish for half a day. Wonderful to visit.

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From Reef HQ Aqaurium - Townsville

Hi Robyn, many thanks for the 5-star review. Please let your friends, colleagues and family know about your great experience at Reef HQ Aquarium so they can enjoy us too. All of us at ReefHQ Aquarium are committed to providing the best experience we can for our visitors and to show what a world of wonder our Reef really is. We hope you'll visit us again in the future to enjoy our tanks and the many talks and tours we provide.

Siew huong Teh from Australia wrote on 23 December 2019

Great experience

We really enjoyed our visit. The staff(volunteers) were very knowledgeable,approachable and engaging. The Aquarium was well presented and clean. Well worth the visit.

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From Reef HQ Aqaurium - Townsville

Hi Siew, many thanks for the 5-star review. Please let your friends, colleagues and family know about your great experience at Reef HQ Aquarium so they can enjoy us too. All of us at ReefHQ Aquarium are committed to providing the best experience we can for our visitors and to show what a world of wonder our Reef really is. We hope you'll visit us again in the future to enjoy our tanks and the many talks and tours we provide.

lorellal from United Kingdom wrote on 20 December 2019

WONDERFUL!!!

A fantastic way to get to know the Reef. The talks are so informative and interesting. The corals and fish are so beautiful. Really worth a visit!

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From Reef HQ Aqaurium - Townsville

Hi Lorella, many thanks for the 5-star review. Please let your friends, colleagues and family know about your wonderful experience at Reef HQ Aquarium so they can enjoy us too. All of us at ReefHQ Aquarium are committed to providing the best experience we can for our visitors and to show what a world of wonder our Reef really is. We hope you'll visit us again in the future to enjoy our tanks and the many talks and tours we provide.

annier from United Kingdom wrote on 14 December 2019

Filling in some time

It was a hot day, so I popped in and had a wonder. It is definitely meant for the younger age rather than adults but I did enjoy myself. The talks were good and enjoyed knowing a bit more about turtles and going to the turtle hospital :)

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From Reef HQ Aqaurium - Townsville

Hi Annie, many thanks for the 4-star review. Please let your friends, colleagues and family know about your great experience at Reef HQ Aquarium and the turtle hospital so they can enjoy us too. All of us at ReefHQ Aquarium are committed to providing the best experience we can for our visitors and to show what a world of wonder our Reef really is. We hope you'll visit us again in the future to enjoy our tanks and the many talks and tours we provide .

Paula Schultz from New Zealand wrote on 19 November 2019

Fabulous Aquarium

This is definitely worth going to and make sure you go to some of the talks. The volunteer staff are extremely knowledgeable and do an amazing job.

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From Reef HQ Aqaurium - Townsville

Thank you for the 5-star review Paula. Our talks and tours add value to your visit. Our volunteers love sharing their knowledge and passion of the Reef with guests. We look forward to welcoming you as our guest in future.

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