We are committed to keeping you connected to the Great Barrier Reef and Reef HQ Aquarium, while we are temporarily closed. Follow us on Facebook as we bring you:
- Creature Features: See some favourite reef critters up close. Through Facebook and Instagram stories you get to choose which critter we feature each week.
- Activity sheets: To complement the creature feature and critter you voted for, we'll be sharing colouring-in or craft activities to print and complete at home.
- Home Aquarium Tips: We'll be bringing you some home aquarium tips. If you have a question about your set up, let us know and one of our Aquarist staff members can help.
- Behind the Scenes of Reef HQ: Our Aquarist's will continue to care for the animals and maintain their life support systems while we are closed. They're going to take you behind the scenes.
- Virtual Talks and Tours: We'll take you on some of our premier talks and tours virtually. See our predator tank and coral reef exhibit from the perspective of our divers, and ask them questions while they're underwater. Learn about the feeding habits of animals, as they have their lunch.
Friday, 10th July: What's New at Reef HQ?
During our closure for COVID19, we have been busy conducting thorough maintenance of the exhibits. Meet Charlie, one of the newcomers to Reef HQ Aquarium! Our little freshwater crocodile isn't the only fresh new feature at the aquarium. Join us at 2pm on Friday for a Facebook live to see all that's new at Reef HQ, and how your visit may be different due to measures implemented to comply with Industry COVID Safe Plans.
Friday, 3rd July: Popular fish at Reef HQ Aquarium
Do you have a popular fish at Reef HQ, but are unsure what its' name is? Watch our Facebook live as we introduce the top reef fish of Reef HQ Aquarium and the Great Barrier Reef.
Tuesday, 30th June: Exploring Shipwrecks of the Great Barrier Reef
Explore maritime heritage in the Great Barrier Reef, through shipwrecks. Learn about one of the most famous shipwrecks, and a divers paradise, the SS Yongala. The Museum of Tropical Queensland uncovers some artefacts from the wreck, while we discuss responsible reef practices to follow when exploring wrecks. You can watch the Facebok live, by clicking here.
Thursday, 25th June: Journey through the ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Follow the water cycle from high up in the clouds down through different environments, out onto the depths of the Great Barrier Reef. An overview introducing each important and fascinating ecosystem found in the Great Barrier Reef Marin Park. You can watch this journey, through our Facebook page, by clicking here.
Monday, 1st June: World Reef Day
Visit the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet, with a virtual dive in the world's largest living coral reef aquarium. To celebrate the Great Barrier Reef and reefs worldwide on World Reef Day, you can chat to our diver, while he's underwater as we showcase the diversity of a reef system and the important reef builders, the coral. You can dive in and watch the live video here.
Monday, 25th May: Turtle Hospital
While we couldn't take visitors to the Turtle Hospital on World Turtle Day recently, we could take you behind the scenes with our Aquarists, who care for the patients. The team discussed how to tell if a turtle may require care, what they do when receiving a new patient, some of the reasons turtles require care, and when we know if a turtle is ready to be released. If you missed the live, you can watch it here via our Facebook page.
Thursday, 21st May: Discovery Lagoon
Do you enjoy exploring when you visit the beach? At low tide the water recedes and uncovers all sorts of interesting areas, including rock pools, sea grass beds and even some inshore coral reefs. We explored our lagoon area, to chat about how you can explore the intertidal zones and shallow lagoon areas of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park safely. To see the video, visit our Facebook page by clicking here.
Thursday, 7th May: Dangerous Creatures
When visiting the Great Barrier Reef, do you know which animals you should be wary of? Some are poisonous, while others are venomous. What is the difference? And which animals are what? We ran a poll through Instagram and Facebook. 62% of respondents know the stone fish is venomous. But they weren't as sure with some of the other reef creatures, like puffer fish, rabbit fish and snapper. Watch our Facebook Live video to learn more.
Tuesday, 28th April: Predator Feed Show Live
Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday visitors can joins us from the viewing tunnel as we feed our Predator Tank. This week we gave you a unique perspective of the feed show - from inside the tank. Watch the trevally zip around and the bat fish slurp up squid. (The footage is a little jolting due to technical complications).
Friday, 24th April: Behind the Scenes (Feeding the iconic: barra and croc)
The barramundi and saltwater crocodile are both ambush predators, residing in mangroves and coastal habitats adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef. These iconic animals in Far North Queensland, both have unique feeding behaviours. Watch them in action in our Facebook live.
Friday, 17th April: Behind the Scenes (Feeding In Action)
Last week we took you behind the scenes to our kitchen, where our Aquarists whipped up tasty treats for all the animals in our care. This week, we fed some of the Reef's favourite animals including an anemone, clownfish, puffer fish and benthic shark species. Learn what they love to eat and their feeding behaviours. Watch the video here.
Thursday, 16th April: Creature Feature - who won?
This week the building blocks of the Reef won our creature feature - coral. If you missed our Facebook Live, watch it here. If you have a question that wasn't asked or answered, please comment and one of our Reef Education Specialists will answer it for you.
For something extra to do, print off our Coral colouring-in activity (click here to download the PDF 280Kb). Coral reefs provide homes for many other animals. Add them to the coral reef picture, too!
Tuesday, 14th April: Choose this weeks Creature Feature
Check out our Facebook and Instagram story after 2pm and choose which critter you want to learn more about; a coral or moray eel. Tune in to our Facebook page on Thursday 16th April at 11am to see which creature won!
Wednesday, 8th April: Creature Feature - who won?
The Crayfish and Red-Lipped Stromb tied in our second Creature Feature. This morning we featured the Crayfish. If you missed our Facebook Live, watch it here. If you have a question that wasn't asked or answered, please comment and one of our Reef Education Specialists will answer it for you.
For something extra to do, print off our Leggy Crustaceans Colouring In activity (click here to download the PDF 229Kb). Crayfish have 10 legs! Colour in the legs to discover what each does, some feel, some feed, and others are used for defence!
Tuesday, 7th April: Behind the Scenes (Food preparation)
Our Aquarist, Connie, whipped up some tasty treats for our animals. Disclaimer: If you have a weak stomach, please sit this one out! Watch the Facebook video by clicking the link here.
Monday, 6th April: Chat to a diver in our Predator Tank
Learn more about the different shark species in the predator tank by watching our live Facebook video by clicking the link here. Followers were able to ask our diver questions whilst he was underwater with our 4 species of sharks, shovel nose ray, and the iconic Queensland Grouper and Humphead Wrasse, as well as other grouper species, bat fish, sweet lips and a lion fish.
Sunday, 5th April: Choose this weeks Creature Feature
Check out our Facebook and Instagram story after 3pm and choose which critter you want to learn more about; a red lipped stromb or a crayfish. Tune in to our Facebook page on Wednesday, 8th April at 11am to see which creature won!
Thursday, 2nd April: Creature Feature - who won?
The Sea Star won our first creature feature! If you missed our Facebook Live, watch it here. If you have a question that wasn't asked or answered, please comment and one of our Reef Education Specialists will answer it for you.
For something extra to do, print off our Sea Star Colouring In activity (click here to download the PDF 1.1Mb). Now you know a little more about sea star, draw their eyes, bottom, sieve plate and tube feet.
Tuesday, 31st March: Choose this weeks Creature Feature
Check out our story after 12noon and choose which critter you want to learn more about; a sea star or an aiptasia anemone. Tune in to our Facebook page on Thursday, 2nd April at 11am to see which creature won!
See the predator tank from the perspective of our diver and ask him questions while he is underwater surrounded by sharks, trevally, groupers and other reef predators!