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Green Turtle in final stages of rehabilitation at Reef HQ Aquarium
Clownfish in an Anenome at Reef HQ Aquarium
Reef HQ Aquarium Viewing Tunnel
Reef HQ Aquarium Mantis Shrimp
Map of Reef HQ Aquarium
2-68 Flinders Street East
Queensland 4810 Australia

Reef HQ Aquarium
Townsville, Townsville Area

07 4750 0800


Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium is the the world's largest living coral reef aquarium and the Australian Government's national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef.

Immerse yourself in the underwater viewing tunnel offering magical views of a living coral reef and the predators that prowl the water depths. Discover beauty and wonder of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Home to the world's largest living coral reef aquarium, the 2.5 million litre coral reef exhibition will open your eyes to an amazing world filled with thousands of charismatic marine creatures.

Appreciate the challenges faced 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 (Conserve. Act. Rehabilitate. Education) philosophy playing a key role in raising community awareness.

Join their experienced and friendly interpretation staff on one of Reef HQ Aquarium's premier visitor experiences. Let their volunteers inspire you as they share their passion for the Great Barrier Reef.

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Property Details


  • Access Without Assistance for the Disabled
    Non-assisted Access
  • Cafe
  • First Aid Equipment
    First Aid Equipment
  • Guide
  • Parents Room
    Parents Room
  • Parking for the Disabled
    Disabled Parking
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Sheltered Area
    Sheltered Area
  • Toilet facilities for the Disabled
    Disabled toilet
  • Visitor Information Centre
    Visitor Information Centre


  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching

Open Times

0930 to 1700 daily
Public Holidays: Closed Christmas Day

Other Information

School Holiday program is free with Reef HQ Aquarium general admission or membership. A gold coin donation is appreciated with all monies going to the Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings are not required for groups less than ten. School Holiday program varies and applies to Queensland school holidays only. Reef education programs available for groups all year round. (bookings necessary). Experience the reef at night with the Reef Sleep Program. Children of all ages welcome provided they are accompanied by an adult.

Reef HQ Aquarium is accessible for guests with a disability without assistance. Disabled toilet facilities and parking are available.

Pets Allowed:
Yes. Registered companion dogs welcome. Must be clearly identified in appropriate dress and harness. Due to health and safety recommendations, companion dogs not allowed in cafe area, prior arrangements can be made.

Entity Facilities

Feeling Social? Share your Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium to your friends and family with complimentary Wifi.

The Waterview Cafe offers a selection of light meals and coffee.

Reef-In-Store Gift Shop offers excellent range and value for souvenirs.

General Comments

During school holiday periods, children can join in on a range of exciting activities and programs. This is free with general admission to Reef HQ Aquarium.

Children of all ages are welcome provided an adult accompanies them.

Reef education programs are available for school groups all year round. Have you ever wondered what happens on the night shift? Experience the reef at night and find out! The Reef Sleep program is an exciting and safe way for students to observe the nocturnal habits of their reef creatures. Reef Sleep is available for groups of 20 students or more.

How To Get There

Reef HQ Aquarium is located at 2-68 Flinders Street East, Townsville, next door to the Museum of Tropical Queensland.

Reef HQ Aquarium is within easy walking distance from Flinders Mall and the Magnetic Island ferry terminals and Greyhound terminal.

Free parking is available along the Strand or paid parking adjacent to Reef HQ Aquarium and the Museum of Tropical Queensland.

Access Public Transport

Reef HQ is approximately seven kilometres from Townsville Airport.

Entry Costs

EntryCostValid From 
Adult$28.00   01 Jul - 30 Jun    
(Aged 5-16)
$14.00   01 Jul - 30 Jun   Children under 5 free.
Concession$22.00   01 Jul - 30 Jun   Pensioners, seniors or students must show proof with identification.
Family$68.00   01 Jul - 30 Jun   2 Adults and 3 Children

* Please note: These rates are indicative based on the minimum and maximum available costs of listed products and services. To obtain a firm price from the provider, please use the contact the operator. All prices are quoted in Australian dollars.