Closed for Refurbishments

Reef HQ Aquarium is currently closed for refurbishments. We look forward to welcoming you as our guest when we re-open late 2023. Keep up to date on our latest announcements.

Visit us virtually

Our Reef Education team are upscaling their internationally renowned Outreach Reef Education Program and are available to conduct virtual connections/ virtual field trips into your classroom.

Paynters to lead refurbishment
Paynters has been appointed to oversee the renewal of its 34-year-old facility. The contract will cover all works under the now fully funded Reef HQ 20-year Master Plan. The Reef HQ refurbishment is funded by the Australian Government as part of the Townsville City Deal.
Reef HQ Aquarium secures additional funding of $40 million under Townsville City Deal
Reef HQ Aquarium plays a vital role in educating the community about the importance of the Great Barrier Reef. The $40 million received under the Townsville City Deal funding, allows Reef HQ to undertake major upgrades as part of Stage 2 envisioned in our 20 year Reef HQ Aquarium Master Plan.
Master Plan
Reef HQ Aquarium has established a Master Plan to transform Reef HQ Aquarium as the global destination of excellence in tropical coral reef education.
Early Works Program
The early works encompass a number of projects with the primary focus on resolving critical safety issues. The early works projects have been completed, with Reef HQ Aquarium ready to hand over to a Principal Contractor.

Reef HQ Aquarium is currently closed for refurbishments. We look forward to welcoming you as our guest when we re-open late 2023.

Great Tour

This was the best tour right before we went out to the barrier reef. We saw more fish and live coral here that we saw from the glass bottom boat and with better colors. We had an excellent guide who explained what we were seeing and how they interact on the reef. Although I enjoyed the glass bottom boat, I had a much better appreciation about what I saw out there by visiting the Aquarium first. It was the highlight of the day. Great place to visit.

Great 2 hours or more to really appreciate the diverse range of fish in the Aquarium.

We spent 2 hours in the Aquarium, just amazed at the number of different exhibits with so many beautiful fish, the coral exhibit full of fish was very large and could be viewed from different angles. We saw men and women in scuba suits interacting with the fish and they were responding to their touches by brushing against the divers, something we had never seen before. Definitely leave time to fully explore with no rush to really see as much as possible. It was well worth the visit.

Reef Fact
Reef Facts

Continental islands found in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

344,400 km2

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is bigger than Italy