Experience the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet, at the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. Reef HQ Aquarium with impressive exhibits the aquarium offers an ever changing, always fascinating experience, showcasing rare and extraordinary features of the Great Barrier Reef.
Reef HQ Aquarium is open from 9:30am until 5:00pm every day except Christmas Day, Anzac Day and the Australia Day public holiday. We recommend approximately 2 to 2.5 hours (120 to 150 minutes) for you to experience the beauty and wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Reef HQ Aquarium provides visitors in wheelchairs full access to all exhibits.
Tickets + Pricing
When you purchase a ticket to Reef HQ Aquarium you can look forward to a truly magical experience that will let you explore our wonderful reef and see the treasures it holds. Plus, your ticket provides all day access during our normal operating hours with the ability to come and go as you please.
See + Do
There’s always something to See + Do at Reef HQ Aquarium. As the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) you will be able to enjoy a variety of exhibits and activities suitable for all ages.
Reef HQ Aquarium is an ideal event location for all types of clubs, schools, kindies, care homes, RSL’s, colleges and universities. We love to welcome groups into our aquarium and our guides will be more than happy to help you with your visit.
Where is Reef HQ?
Reef HQ Aquarium is located in Townsville, Queensland, roughly a half way point on the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef HQ Aquarium building can be found conveniently at the end of Flinders Street where the road junctions with ‘the Strand’, Townsville’s promenade. It is located close to the Sea-link ferry terminal and next door to the Museum of Tropical Queensland.
Our FAQ’s or Frequently Asked Questions provide answers to our most popular enquiries at Reef HQ Aquarium. Take a look through and see if we can answer your question here.