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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium

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Open Now: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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
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+61 7 4750 0800
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went with friends. Good family outing with kids. A few shows on each day. There are toilets inside and a gift shop. Finally found Nemo and Dorey!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LEA005
ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded today

G’Day LEA005 Thank you very much for the positive review. It’s great to hear you enjoyed your Aquarium experience and most importantly catching up with our friends Nemo and Dory! We hope you will be our guest again soon.

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Expensive and really you are all done under thirty minutes. I have visited many times over the years and really not much has been added or updated. Great if you're a family with younger children, but if you have teens, they will become bored quickly....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rick R
ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

G'Day Rick R Thank you very much for your feedback it is very much appreciated. I am sure you will be happy to hear there is a significant amount of capital investment set aside to improve the Aquarium over the next few years. If you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great activity to take the children to, little bit pricy but the experience and the smile on the kids faces makes it all worth it!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Janetchester89
ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

G’Day Janetchester89 Thank you very much for the positive review and recommendation. It’s great to hear that your Aquarium experience was worthwhile. We hope that you and your family will be our guests again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took my 4 year old daughter and was not expecting much, particularly when we saw the run down looking entrance but it was fantastic. My daughter has a short attention span for these type of things usually but this place grabbed and kept her...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sak_amk
ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

G’Day sak_amk Thank you very much for the 5 🌟Review and excellent feedback. It’s great to hear you and your family enjoyed your Aquarium experience and in particular tha you found it to be educational. ReefHQ is Australia’s National Education Centre for the Great Barrier...More

Reviewed 31 October 2018

It’s has changed a lot since I first went there about 15 or so years, it was good. The tanks were a bit dirty, otherwise it was good. Got to visit the turtle hospital in a little tour.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kimmie192
ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2018

G’Day kimmie192 Thank you very much for your review. I will pass your feedback on to our curatorial team. It’s great to hear you enjoyed the Turtle Hospital. We hope you will be our guest again soon.

Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

Had a look with our teenager children on the way home from a week on Magnetic island. We ALL loved it! Highly reccomend 👍🏼

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tamil0u
ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

G’Day tamil0u Thank you very much for the 5 Star 🌟 Review and recommendation. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your Aquarium experience and we hope you will all be our guests again soon.

Reviewed 16 October 2018

My wife and I visited with our 17 year-old son. It had been recommended by friends of friends who visited a number of years ago. They do a nice job focusing on conservation issues and paid and volunteer staff were all lovely. However, it is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank familytraveldad
ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

G’Day familytraveldad Thank you very much for the positive review. As the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef our staff and volunteers love sharing their knowledge and passion for the Reef with all of our guests. You will be glad to hear that...More

Reviewed 13 October 2018

I took my grandchildren to Reef HQ and they enjoyed it so much they did not want to leave. This was the best attraction and very reasonably priced entry fees.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank WilliamWah
ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2018

G'Day WilliamWah Thank you very much for the 5 Star Review! We are so happy to hear that you and your grandchildren loved ReefHQ and we hope that you and you family will be our guests again very soon.

Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

This was an awesome adventure and a must while visiting Townsville all staff were fantastic good value for money and very interestingMore

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sharron S
ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2018

G'Day Sharron S Thank you very much for your "Fantastic" 5 Star Review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience at ReefHQ and think that it is good value for money. Thank you very much for recommending others visit ReefHQ. We...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

We got a free attraction ticket as a bonus in our accommodation booking so decided to go here. Family ticket- 2 x adults and 2 x kids cost $70. Recommend going when the aquarium first opens to miss some of the crowds. Take a photo...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jenny S
ReefHQAquarium, Guest Relations Manager at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

G'Day Jenny S Thank you very much for the positive review and recommendations. The Turtle Hospital certainly is an inspirational experience and one that should be planned for when visiting ReefHQ. We are so glad to hear your entire family enjoyed their experience at ReefHQ...More

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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.
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