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  • Address: 2-68 Flinders Street, Townsville, QLD, Australia
  • Admission: $28 for adults, $14 for children up to 16.
The world’s largest living coral reef aquarium is located on Queensland’s Tropical Far North coast in Townsville and serves as the ultimate way to experience the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet.

Reef HQ is the National Reef Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which translates to mean that Reef HQ is designed to show off the best of the Great Barrier Reef and educate visitors about this marvelous ecosystem. Reef HQ opened in 1987 as the vision of Dr Graeme Keller, who wanted to make the reef both accessible and affordable in order to spread awareness of conservation and get public support in protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

Reef HQ showcases the rare and extraordinary features of the Great Barrier Reef—one of the world’s richest and most diverse ecosystems in the world. Alongside exhibits of the reef, Reef HQ is involved heavily in reef research programs and runs a turtle hospital to rehabilitate sick and injured turtles.

Practical Info

Reef HQ is located within easy walking distance from both Townsville’s CBD and the Magnetic Island Ferry Terminal in Townsville’s attraction precinct. It's open from 9:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. every day except Christmas. Entry costs $28 for adults and $14 for children up to 16. Reef HQ is fully wheelchair accessible, and it is recommended that visitors allot about two hours to explore the facility.

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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium General Entry Ticket, Townsville, null
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Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium General Entry Ticket

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The Great Barrier Reef comes indoors at Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium in Townsville. Admire the enormous aquariums that mimic the ecosystem of the Great ...  Read more

Location: Townsville, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $21.05
Townsville City Sightseeing Tour, Townsville, Attraction Tickets
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Townsville City Sightseeing Tour

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Considered the unofficial capital of North Queensland, the sprawling city of Townsville boasts a revitalized esplanade called The Strand, stunning views of ...  Read more

Location: Townsville, Australia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $41.35
Townsville and the Australian Army: Walking History Tour with Optional City Sightseeing, ... 
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Townsville and the Australian Army: Walking History Tour with Optional City Sightseeing

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A former Australian Army member acts as your guide on a military history tour in Townsville. The city's military presence dates back to the 1800s, and you will ...  Read more

Location: Townsville, Australia
Duration: Flexible

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