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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium General Entry Ticket

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    Visit: Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, 2-68 Flinders St, Townsville, Queensland 4810 Australia

    Your admission ticket to Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium gives you the chance to observe a variety of marine animals and corals in elaborate exhibits that simulate the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef and Australia’s greatest natural wonder.

    Marvel at the 200,000 gallon (750,000 liter) Predator Exhibit and the 660,430 gallon (2.5 million liter) Coral Reef Exhibit, housing more than 150 species of fish and 120 species of hard and soft corals. Unlike many other aquariums, the coral reef tank is exposed to the outdoors, allowing natural light, rain and storms to touch the waters.

    Walk through an underwater viewing tunnel that gives you front-row views of the living coral reef and the sharks and rays that swim around it. Watch some of the Great Barrier Reef’s most iconic species such as the giant trivially and blacktip reef sharks circle a replica of the SS Yongala, North Queensland's most famous shipwreck. You might also spot smaller critters such as seahorses, pipefish, clown fish and sea turtles.

    Throughout the day, the knowledgeable and friendly staff offer educational talks and feeding demonstrations. At the Discovery Lagoon, get a close encounter with some creatures of the Great Barrier Reef in the hands-on exhibits. You can even interact with an underwater scuba diver in the middle of the tank during a presentation about sharks and other reef predators.

    Learn about the aquarium’s turtle hospital, which treats and rehabilitates sick and injured marine turtles. Their biggest patient, a 287-pound (130-km) green turtle, was released on The Strand after seven months of treatment. She promptly swam more than 125 miles (200 km) back to her home waters off Wunjunga.

    If you want a snack or souvenir, check out the on-site cafe or gift shop.
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    Departure Point
    Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, 2-68 Flinders St, Townsville, Queensland 4810 Australia
    Departure Time
    Opening hours:
    9:30am - 5pm

    * Closed Christmas Day
    * Closed Australia day Pubic Holiday
    * Closed ANZAC day public holiday
    Duration
    3h
    Inclusions
    • Entry/Admission - Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transportation to the aquarium
    • Optional Aquarium activities
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Great spot to stop and explore marine life, especially with smaller children. The kids had a blast, and it was rather informative. Definitely a recommended stop.
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    Response from ReefHQ, Public Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium General Entry Ticket
    Responded 1 week ago
    Hi nateoh90, Thank you for the 5-star review. Glad you enjoyed your visit and the kids had a blast. As the national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef we hope everyone leaves having an improved understanding of the Great Barrier Reef, with actions they can take to care for and protect the Reef for future generations. We look forward to welcoming you as our guest in future.
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    Able to wonder around at your own pace enjoying the amazing work that has been done to preserve the coral and sea life
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    Response from ReefHQAquarium, Public Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium General Entry Ticket
    Responded 23 Oct 2019
    Thank you for the 5-star review Michelle H. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Reef HQ, taking your time and enjoying everything the Aquarium has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you as our guest again in future.
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    Well worth a visit. Great guides & tours very informative .. Children will love it . My Grandaughter loved her visit there
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    Response from ReefHQAquarium, Public Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium General Entry Ticket
    Responded 23 Oct 2019
    Thank you for the 5-star review Alison. Our staff and volunteers love sharing their knowledge and passion of the Reef with guests. Glad your granddaughter loved her visit too. We look forward to welcoming you back in future.
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    My husband and I really enjoyed ourselves at the aquarium it was relaxing walking around looking at the different displays and we gotta one on one talk with one of the guides through some of the species of coral and fish with up quite spoil was very interesting and relaxing
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    Response from ReefHQAquarium, Public Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium General Entry Ticket
    Responded 28 Sep 2019
    Thank you for the 5-star review AngelaandStephen. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Reef HQ Aquarium. Our guides and volunteers love sharing their knowledge and passion for the Reef with guests. We look forward to welcoming you as our guest in future.
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    The recent rough seas have reduced visibility on the reef so I went to this aquarium instead. What a wonderful and very different experience! I was able to watch the cleaner wrasse fish close up, as they serviced their clients and examine the underside of shovel nosed sharks as
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    Response from ReefHQAquarium, Public Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium General Entry Ticket
    Responded 28 Sep 2019
    Thank you for the lovely 5-star review Elizabeth. Due to the size of the tanks, the marine life in our coral reef exhibit and predator tank mimic behaviours seen on the Reef. The cleaner wrasse helps our aquarist team in animal care, with the service they provide. Hopefully you get a chance to visit the Reef when there is better visibility and calmer seas. We look forward to welcoming you as our guest again in future.
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