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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

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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 5 days ago

This place is a lovely place for families to visit with something for everyone. We didn't have huge expectations and so were quite happy with the outcome. The staff are enthusiastic and helpful. A lovely place for children and a learning curve for adults with...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the aquarium in Townsville with our 2 young children. We went on a Thursday afternoon and it wasn’t busy at all. Very refreshing to look at our own pace. Stuff were super friendly and helpful. It isn’t a massive aquarium but the kids...More

Thank Firella_86
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ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

G'Day Firella_86 Thank you very much for the positive review. ReefHQ Aquarium is the Australia's National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef and it sounds like you and your family had a enjoyable experience. A day at the ReefHQ is certainly a family activity,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Reef HQ admittedly seemed bigger when I was 12. But, that being said... it is still definitely worth a visit at any age. I personally preferred to skip the tours and walk through at my own pace, really taking the time to take it all...More

Thank Leanna B
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ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

G'Day Leanna B Thank you very much for the positive review. Great to hear ReefHQ Aquarium still ignited your curiosity. The centre piece of the aquarium the Coral Reef Exhibition is still the world's largest living coral reef aquarium. Guests have often commented that it...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth a visit if you're around Townsville, Australia for a day or two. It's small, but the exhibits are really great. My favorite part, like many others, was the sea turtle hospital. A very memorable experience.More

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ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

G'Day Ashley S Thank you very much for the 5 Star Review! As Australia's National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef it is wonderful to hear that you loved our living coral reef exhibitions. The Turtle Hospital certainly is an inspirational place, and agree...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to quite a few Aquariums and I must admit this was up there. We were greeted by some beautiful volunteers who could not do enough for you, private little tour around the exhibits and answered any questions. The exhibitions were great and...More

Thank Kathy S
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ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

G'Day Kathy S Thank you very much for the 5 Star Review, your kind words are very much appreciated. The staff and volunteers truly do love sharing their knowledge and passion for the Reef with all of our guests. It is really nice to hear...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only in Townsville for one day, so a bit limited. We decided to visit the Aquarium and found out abut the Turtle Hospital program. Bit disappointed that this program is not in some part funded through the above average entry prices we had to pay....More

Thank Andy G
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ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

G'Day Andy G Thank you very much for the feedback its is very important to our continuous improvement process. ReefHQ Aquarium is a not-for-profit facility and 100 per cent of all admission charges are used to cover the operations of the Aquarium including the Turtle...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We would recommend spending time at the Reef Aquarium, Very good staff, knowledgeable & presented good interesting information at the scheduled sessions. Really enjoyed watching the marine life in the glass tunnel. Liked the turtle hospital, seeing the turtles up close & learning about their...More

Thank Rosemary D
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ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

G'Day Rosemary D Thank you very much for your 5 STAR Review! The staff and volunteers love sharing their knowledge and passion for the Reef with all of our guests. The viewing tunnel is certainly a special place in ReefHQ Aquarium with the world's largest...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Smaller than I expected and some of the exhibitions looks a bit tired (not the fish but their housing). Cafe was very poor. Lots of things kids would like.More

Thank Emily1092
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ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

G'Day Emily1092 Thank you very much for your feedback, it is very much appreciated. You will be glad to hear that there is a significant amount of capital investment set aside to modernize the external displays surrounding our living exhibitions. We hope that you wil...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This aquarium is not huge by any standards but what they have done is absolutely fabulous. They have brought rocks into the tank to resemble theGreat Barrier Reef, then they have put live corals on them. These corals were obtained from aquariums that specialise in...More

Thank Beryl R
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ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

G'Day Beryl R Thank you very much for the 5 STAR Review! Whilst ReefHQ is not as large as many other aquariums around the world, our living coral reef exhibition is the largest in the world. Thank you for your positive recognition of our commitment...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a fabulous opportunity to view live examples of the reef and see fish you would never normally see ( and they were looking right back at us ! ). A big variety of sea life. Informative tours included in your entry fee, very friendly...More

Thank Kim K
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ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

G'Day Kim K Thank you very much for the 5 STAR review! Your feedback is absolutely amazing, we will definitely share it with our staff and volunteers, it will make their day. We hope that you will be our guest again very soon.

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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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