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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

#6 of 81 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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  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
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2-68 Flinders St, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
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+61 7 4750 0800
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We last visited this Aquarium 25 years ago when it had just opened, and finally it is getting an update! Being two adults, we were disappointed that it was so kiddie-oriented, and all the commentaries were to the children.More

Thank lizzy122015
ReefHQAquarium, Director ReefHQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi lizzy122015 Thanks very much for your feedback, it is very much appreciated and it will be used as part of our continual improvement process. ReefHQ Aquarium is a non-commercial facility, all revenue generated goes towards off setting the costs of operation. We hope you...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Stopped in for a look on our free day in Townsville. Spent about an hour wandering around. It's nice to spend time here looking around an learning. It's not massive but worth the look. Lots of families here. If you have kids I would recommend...More

Thank Nelliekins_84
ReefHQAquarium, Director ReefHQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Nelliekins_84 Thank you very much for your positive review. ReefHQ Aquarium certainly is an experince for the whole family and we are happy to hear you enjoyed your experince with us. We hope you will be our guest again very soon. We would love...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

We spent almost three hours here! So much to look at, read about and then try to find what each fish is called! The Aquarium is very well set out with seats in front of each viewing window. Children we saw enjoyed the hands on...More

Thank bakerdavid154
ReefHQAquarium, Director ReefHQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi bakerdavid154 Thank you very much for the 5🌟 review. "What fish is that?" is a question our staff and volunteers really love answering. As the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef our passion certainly is helping people better understand what makes the...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

I visit HQ Reef whenever I am in Townsville. It is a wonderful place right in the CBD (or 3-5min walk from it). You can spend any amount of time there and always see something new. It is recommended to allow 2-3 hours and indeed,...More

Thank RSV_12
ReefHQAquarium, Director ReefHQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi RSV_12 Thank you so very much for your amazing 5🌟review. It's amazing to hear your recollection of your experinces at ReefHQ Aquarium. I hope other people that read your review enjoy it as much as I have and find it helpful. Thank you very...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The aquarium was good, open to the air above in places so coral bleaching has occured, but still an impressive amount of specimens. The part we enjoyed the most was the Turtle Hospital (check times), as you could directly see where donations where going to...More

Thank Elsbeth U
ReefHQAquarium, Director ReefHQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Elsbeth U Thank you very much for the 5🌟 We are very lucky at ReefHQ Aquarium as we can control the temperature in our tanks very precisely. It's great to hear you enjoyed one of our signature experinces in the Turtle Hospital, it certainly...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My Dad, cousin and I have been to reef hq on each visit to Townsville for the last 3 years. It's not to big so it's perfect for a quick stop in but you can also spend a while. We didn't walk through the aquarium...More

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

Hi Tayls C Thank you very much for your positive review. We have heard that the Aquarium gift shop is one that many locals come to shop at for gifts and souvenirs for friends and family. Our retail team will be happy to hear you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

reefHQ is a wonderful place to visit to learn about the Great Barrier Reef and its beautiful corals and fish. Be sure to do the free tour of the turtle hospital - it makes you aware of the dangers that sea creatures face. Staff and...More

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

Hi Linda H Thank you so very much for the 5🌟review. As the national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef we are glad to hear you had an enjoyable learning experience. The team of Aquarists take great pride in caring for the aquariums and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent aquarium which is well laid out with informative displays. Great for the kids with lots to see! Talks and a tour of the turtle hospital is a must. Wonderful to see them doing all they can for these awesome creatures that are in trouble...More

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

Hi Jeremy B Thanks very much for the 5🌟 We are happy to hear you enjoyed your time at ReefHQ Aquarium. The Turtle Hospital is a special part of our facility that we are very proud of and it's great to hear you and your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium a week after moving to Townsville. An amazing places for the whole family to visit whether you have young children or teens. They have a vast range of marine life there and their guides and employees can...More

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

Hi mikaelagrinter Thanks for the awesome 5🌟 review, your positive comments are very much appreciated by the entire ReefHQ team. Welcome to Townsville North Queensland and thank you for your support by becoming a ReefHQ Aquarium Member. Membership certainly does offer the best value for...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great experience! Excellent presentations, education and displays. The walk through reef tunnel is unique and amazing. Great spot to take kids.More

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

Hi ms_akasha Thank you very much for the 5🌟 review. The title of your review says it all. As the national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef being educational and fun is part of our mission. We are happy to hear your family enjoyed...More

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kclark28
Do we have to book or can we just turn up?
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Response from ao18 | Reviewed this property |
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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