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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

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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...more
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2-68 Flinders St, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had a wonderful time wandering around, enjoying the serenity of the reef fish. The turtle hospital was truly amazing, and the staff and volunteers were very knowledgeable and happy to chat without rushing

Thank kathydavis2012
Reviewed 1 week ago

The main aquarium is a ripper! Heaps to look at and plenty of places to sit and watch the fish. Interactive displays, very friendly staff and some fish that would make any fisherman jealous ;-)More

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

G’Day GPS_Dude Thank you very much for your positive review. Many people say visiting ReefHQ is like scuba diving in the reef with no time limits. It’s great to hear you enjoyed your experience at ReefHQ. We do have lots of fishers come and visit...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our little one nearly lost her mind at this place. Would take our annual membership if we lived here. Not a bad one like osaka where they have the poor whale shark in. Reasonable sized animals for the tank.More

Thank dp123
ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

G'Day dp123 Thank you very much for the 5 STAR review. It's great to hear your little one loved ReefHQ, the children of today are the future custodians of the Reef. Aquarium membership certainly is great value for families. We hope that you and your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a guided tour. The first stop was the turtles in the hospital. There were three in there that had all eaten plastic bags. Turtlles like to eat jellyfish and when they see the plastic bags they think it’s jelly fish. This kills...More

Thank wendy004
ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

G'Day wendy004 Thank you very much for the 5 STAR review. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your experience at ReefHQ. Reducing marine debris including plastics is very important, it's great to hear that message came through very clearly during your Turtle Hospital...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building from the outside looks a little run down but we were told it is about to undergo a face lift. Don't let this deter you as inside the aquarium the displays of fish and coral are well worth seeing. There were lots of...More

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

G'Day John S Thanks very much for your positive review. The staff and volunteers really enjoy sharing their knowledge and passion for the Reef with everyone who visits ReefHQ. People often say visiting ReefHQ is like scuba diving on the Reef with no time limit....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a few hours here attending interactive information talks and admiring the various and colourful sea life. We were able to view various coral and walk under the ocean through a tunnel. Well worth the reasonable admission cost.More

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

G'Day johnnthel Thank you very much for the 5 STAR review!! Its great to hear you felt your experiences was value for money. The viewing tunnel in ReefHQ is a highlight of most peoples visit with the world's largest living coral reef exhibition on one...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our toddler loved this, mainly because he had never seen anything like it before and is fascinated with animals. Having been to quite a few aquariums though this one didn’t have the same amount of interactive activities or diversity of animals -however still was the...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 beckie84 Thank you very much for your review, it is great to hear that your little one loved ReefHQ. We hope that you will all be our guests again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Given the marketing I eagerly visited this aquarium with great expectations and was sadly disappointed. It is interesting, but not amazing

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

G'Day Narziss Thank you very much for your feedback, we are sad to hear that ReefHQ did not live up to your expectations. We hope that one day you may chose to revisit so that we can work on providing you with an amazing experience.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved this. I spent an easy 3 hours just sitting by the tanks and watching the coral. The tours and events they have during the day are very interesting! I really enjoyed learning about the turtles that they help in their hospital also.More

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

G'Day Shamylla v Thank you so very much for the 5 STAR review!! ReefHQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is the Australia's National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef we are really happy to hear you found your experience both relaxing and educational. WE hope...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is worth a visit, I especially liked the sea turtle hospital and the explanations about it. Nice people and you learn a lot. But as I said not so spectacular.More

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

G'Day Marianne M Thank you very much for your review, it is great to hear that you think ReefHQ is worth a visit. Visiting the Turtle Hospital is certainly an amazing experience and we are happy to hear that you found your experience to be...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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