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Reef HQ Aquarium
Reef HQ Aquarium
Reef HQ Aquarium
Reef HQ Aquarium
Map of Reef HQ Aquarium
2-68 Flinders Street East
Queensland 4810 Australia

Reef HQ Aquarium
Townsville, Townsville Area

07 4750 0800


Reef HQ Aquarium invites guests to visit all the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef at the 'world's largest living Coral Reef Aquarium'. Not only is Reef HQ Aquarium an award winning major tourist attraction in North Queensland, it is also the education facility for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and home to thousands of incredible fish, corals and North Queensland's first dedicated turtle hospital.

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The Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital is designed to rehabilitate sick and injured marine turtles so they can be released back into the ocean, enhancing their long term survival and sustainability as a threatened species.

The aquarium acts as window to the reef and boasts a range of displays and exhibits to stimulate the visitors curiosity so they learn about the Great Barrier Reef, even on a dive trip a visitor would rarely see so many creatures in such detail.

Talks and Tours occur throughout the day and are included in the cost of entry. Their premier experiences are:

10.30am - Predator Dive Show

11.15am and 2.00pm - Discovery Lagoon Experience

12.00pm and 3.30pm - Turtle Hospital Tour

2.30pm - Animal Feeding Tour

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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

Open Times

0930 to 1700 daily
Public Holidays: Closed Christmas Day

Other Information

Special craft activities for children on weekends and school holiday programs free on admission to Reef HQ. 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 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

The waterside cafe offers a selection of light meals and coffee. The 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 admission to Reef HQ. 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 is located in Flinders Street East, next door to the Museum of Tropical Queensland, and within easy walking distance from Flinders Mall and the Magnetic Island ferry terminals and Greyhound terminal.

Access Public Transport

Reef HQ is approximately seven kilometres from Townsville Airport.

Entry Costs

EntryCostValid From 
Adult$26.50   01 Apr - 30 Jun    
(Aged 5-16)
$12.80   01 Apr - 30 Jun   Children under five years are free of charge.
Concession$20.20   01 Apr - 30 Jun   Pensioners, seniors or students must show proof with identification.
Family$66.50   01 Apr - 30 Jun   Maximum of two adults and three children, five to 16 years.

* 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.