Reef HQ Aquarium is temporarily closed.

To support the Government’s containment efforts of this virus, Reef HQ Aquarium will be temporarily closed from 12noon on Monday, 23rd March, 2020.

The National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef

The Reef Education team are upscaling their internationally renowned Outreach Reef Education Program. Our teaching resources are curriculum linked and suited to be used in a range of subjects and include cross-curriculum priorities.

Support for our Life Support Systems
Reef HQ Aquarium recently received $2.6 million in Government funding to enable upgrades and maintenance to the life support systems throughout the Aquarium. These systems control the environments within the live exhibits and are crucial to the health and care of our animals.
Teaching Resources
Explore a range of teaching resources that encourages teachers and students to learn about the Great Barrier Reef from home.
Visitor update: COVID-19
UPDATE MARCH 23rd: To support the Government’s containment efforts of this virus, Reef HQ Aquarium will be temporarily closed from 12noon on Monday, 23rd March, 2020.
Visit Reef HQ Digitally
Visit us digitally from your home through videos, Facebook lives and activities. Schedules will be updated here.

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
600

Continental islands found in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

344,400 km2

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is bigger than Italy