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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

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Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium General Entry Ticket
from US$21.00*
Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium General Entry Ticket
from US$21.00*
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“turtle hospital”(247 reviews)
“marine life”(61 reviews)
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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
+61 7 4750 0800
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is an amazing spectacle. The fish and coral are abundant and fabulous to watch. There were guided tours to have e species explained further and a snack bar to buy refreshments. We really enjoyed our visit.

Thank Dianna E
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Excellent value. Plenty of sea life of all sizes including the big sharks and reef life. Very knowledgable informative staff at each viewing area. Includes a visit to the aquaruim hospital to see the turtles etc is a must. Very relaxing activity..

Thank Roger J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great esp if you’re not going to be able to make it out to the reef so you can see all the beautiful fish.

Thank McKenzie I
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must do, allow a couple of hours to look around and make sure that you do the Turtle hospital tour - they have set times during the day so check out the website first. The other one not to miss is the predator talk...More

1  Thank Denis B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed about 5 hours here. It is very clear as soon as you enter that this place is about helping us all to learn about the reef and its creatures and NOT just a money-making exercise. Thankyou volunteers, staff and GBRMPA for a...More

1  Thank gwam3
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely brilliant. The staff are the best I have come across. So helpful and pleasant, nothing was too much trouble for them. The displays were wonderful and some of the coloured fish were astonishing. Definitely worth a visit with your family.

Thank Colin P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I spend there nearly 4 hours and visited all the tours offered that timespan. The structure with a giant reef in the middle is great. The volunteers really know what they are talking about and you learn how you can protect the reef. I liked...More

Thank janvincent98
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Reef HQ is said to be the largest tropical barrier reef aquarium in Australia. It has a walkway through a glass tunnel with fish swimming all around you, plus many other display areas with everything from tiny colourful reef fish to huge menacing gropers and...More

Thank yvwords
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good for children and family, they have divers and the price is also good, we Piad just 28$ for two adults.

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

G'Day NA N Thank you very much for your positive review. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your experience at ReefHQ Aquarium. We hope that you will be our guest again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very well laid out. Great array or Coral and Sea life. This is supposedly the largest in door coral reef in the world. Very interesting to vist and great for the children.More

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

G'Day Bernard L Thank you so very much for the 5 Star Review! We certainly are very proud to be recognised as the world's largest 'living coral reef aquarium'. Whilst our overall footprint may not be as big as other aquariums, our coral reef exhibition...More

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5 April 2016|
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.