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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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Charlotte from United Kingdom wrote on 12 December 2018

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A lovely experience

This is a great Aquarium with plenty to do, the tour volunteers are so helpful and knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Patrick from Australia wrote on 21 April 2018

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Great day out

We had a great day, joined all the talks and activities throughout the day. What unique about reef Hq is that it is mostly run by volunteers so there is a non commercial feel to the place. We had many nice chats to many staffs. The exhibits are great, with many great environmental messages. There is also a turtle hospital which is part of one of the talk, we got to see in injured turtles under treatment. Very nice place, not crowded on weekends (and there is usually a discounted ticket). Highly recommended.

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Michael from Germany wrote on 08 November 2017

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Interesting place, informative guides

The visit to the aquarium was very interesting and we spend 3 hours there, more time than we intended. The guides were very informative and answered all the questions we had. A visit to the aqarium is recommended!

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Jasmine Manning from Australia wrote on 25 October 2017

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Awesome experience

I loved everything! The volunteers are amazing and they took the time to answer every question. It was great to see an aquarium where the animals health is put before anything!! Thanks so much, will definitely recommend and we will be back in the future 🦈🐠

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Robyn Odea from Australia wrote on 11 January 2020

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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.

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