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Aquário Reef HQ
Aquário Reef HQ

Aquário Reef HQ

O maior aquário vivo de recife de coral do mundo, o Reef HQ Aquarium (Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium) está localizado na costa tropical do extremo norte de Queensland, em Townsville. É uma ótima maneira de experimentar a maravilha natural da Grande Barreira de Corais sem se molhar.

O Reef HQ Aquarium é o National Reef Education Center para a Autoridade do Parque Marinho da Grande Barreira de Corais, o que significa que o Reef HQ foi projetado para mostrar o melhor da Grande Barreira de Corais e educar os visitantes sobre esse ecossistema maravilhoso. O Reef HQ foi inaugurado em 1987 como a visão do Dr. Graeme Keller, que queria tornar o recife acessível e economicamente viável, a fim de espalhar a consciência sobre a conservação e obter apoio público para proteger a Grande Barreira de Corais.

O Reef HQ Aquarium exibe as características raras e extraordinárias da Grande Barreira de Corais - um dos ecossistemas mais ricos e diversificados do mundo. Junto com as exibições do recife, o Reef HQ está fortemente envolvido em programas de pesquisa de recifes e administra um hospital de tartarugas para reabilitar tartarugas doentes e feridas.

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2-68 Flinders Street, Townsville, QLD, Australia

The basics

Whether or not you get the chance to dive or snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, Reef HQ Aquarium is the place to go in Townsville to learn more about Australian marine ecosystems. Check out a talk on a topic such as turtle conservation, attend a shark feeding, or just marvel at the sea life you’ll see.

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Things to know before you go

  • Allow yourself two to three hours to tour the aquarium.
  • Reef HQ is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • Children under age 5 get free entry, and students and seniors receive a discount.
  • The on-site café sells snacks and drinks.
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How to get there

Located in central Townsville (near the SeaLink ferry terminal and next to the Museum of Tropical Queensland), Reef HQ is easy to get to on foot, via public transit, or by car or bike. There’s bike parking outside and several car parking options in the vicinity. Buses 200, 201, and 206 stop nearby.

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When to get there

Reef HQ is open every day (except select Australian public holidays), with occasional evening events. If you’re traveling with kids and happen to be in Townsville in summer or during the Easter or spring school holidays, find out when the aquarium’s “mermaids” and “mermen” are visiting.

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Snorkel or Dive at the Great Barrier Reef

Visiting the Reef HQ Aquarium is a good prelude to exploring the Great Barrier Reef itself, which is accessible from Townsville via boat. Beginning diving courses are held at the reef, and snorkeling is available to those who don’t want to dive. Experienced divers shouldn’t miss the Yongala shipwreck.

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