Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, Townsville

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Explore the largest living coral reef aquarium, Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium. It is home to 130 coral species and 120 fish species, including dugongs, sharks, sea stars, and sponges. There is an interactive educational area where you can examine the reef species up close. You can also prowl the Predator Exhibit and children’s section. Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium simulates the natural coral reef environment, and usually the aquarium is open to the outside. Our Townsville tour site makes visiting Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium and other Townsville attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Nice original way to learn something about the reef. The presentation and conversation with the diver was pretty entertaining. Children can also with turtles.
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  • An absolute must to see if you are in Townsville and to definitely take the kids to see. First rate experience.  more »
  • I loved visiting the Reef HQ however was surprised by how small it is! This is not a visit that would take you all day. We saw it all within an hour! The highlight is the various talks and turtle hosp...  more »
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  • Fascinating, fun, interactive and educational. A great place for kids and adults. Plenty of tours, all included in the cost. A little people's play zone. Lots of things to look at and learn about. Well worth the entrance fee.
  • An up-close and personal experience with the marine habitat(s) of Far North Queensland. Beautiful presentation, vast array of species and highly educational. Well done guys!
  • It was okay. The interactive screens around the place weren't working. Which was disappointing because it was almost everyone I passed. The kids play area up top was a great idea however there was no aircon so it was stuffy and smelt like bo. I found it very hard walking through the place I have two little one's so I use a double pram and it wasn't easy navigating. Especially with others. No signage so we back tracked a couple of times. All in all we had a nice time and my two little one's did have a blast! I felt it was overpriced. However they do run a hospital there so that makes it seem worth the cost.
  • Well done lots to see ,a must if you do not intend to go to the reef ,gives you a very good idea of what you would see out there.not a huge place but more to see than i expected..well presented.
  • A good quality establishment working for a great cause. All of the staff are friendly and the majority volunteer their time. There are lots of opportunities to learn about and experience the reef. The shows and talks are good. The cafe is quite good and offers discount if you have annual membership. We purchased a family annual pass as the kids enjoy it and the value is there.

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