Home to the world's largest living coral reef aquarium

Created to be the Reef on land, our 2.5 million litre tank is home to 150+ species of fish and over 120+ species of hard and soft corals exclusive to the Great Barrier Reef.

The National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef

Inspiring all to care for the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

Is your tinsel in a tangle?

Great dates are still available for you to deck the Aquarium for your end of year Christmas Party!

Help the Reef, reef-fuse single use!
Reef HQ Aquarium is a donation point for containers for change, with funds supporting the Reef HQ Volunteers Association.
10 Years of Reef HQ Aquarium's Turtle Hospital
Prior to the opening of the Turtle Hospital in 2009, there were no other facilities in North Queensland. Reef HQ Aquarium saw this as an opportunity to strengthen its commitment to the conservation of the Great Barrier Reef.
Reef HQ Aquarium receives their 11th Pinnacle Award
This award recognises content providers from around the world who have received outstanding ratings.
Expanding our Educational Experiences
Reef HQ Aquarium are expanding their education experiences to accommodate special needs groups.

Look what other guests have to say about their fantastic visit to Reef HQ ...

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