We look forward to sea-ing you!

Reef HQ Aquarium is open. Advanced tickets are required.

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.

Visitor update: COVID-19
UPDATE JULY 13th: Reef HQ Aquarium is open. There is a sea change to your visit to comply with the Industry COVID-19 Safe Plan.
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.
Reef HQ Aquarium continues its green journey
Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville, Queensland will soon become the first aquarium in the world to run a revolutionary new thermal energy storage and renewable energy system.
Reef Guardian Schools - Virtual Connections Term 3 and Term 4
Reef HQ Aquarium invites all Reef Guardian Schools to participate in our FREE virtual connections program in term 3 and term 4. Check out the programs offered.

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