We are closed for Reef-furbishments

Check our website for updates on the refurbishments and our reopening in 2023. (Concepts are subject to change)

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.

Refurbishment Overview
Reef HQ Aquarium has received funding from the Australian Government to upgrade the 33-year-old facility and will close from February 1st, 2021 for up to two years.
Virtual Connections
Wherever you are in the world, experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef by taking the Great Barrier Reef live into your classroom. State-of-the-art technology unlocks unique teaching and learning experiences, including information delivered live by a scuba diver. Our ‘virtual connection’ is a tool that allows users to see and hear the person they are communicating with. It is exciting, stimulating, easy to use and a great way to involve students in learning about the Great Barrier Reef.
Reef HQ Completes the Picture
The announcement in last night’s budget, for $5.6 million over 3 years to upgrade exhibits, completes funding for a suite of upgrades to Reef HQ Aquarium, which are planned to commence in 2021.
Life Support System Upgrades
Reef HQ Aquarium received $2.6million in funding to upgrade life support systems, which maintain optimum conditions for the corals and animals.

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
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Continental islands found in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

344,400 km2

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is bigger than Italy