School Programs - Night

Reef HQ Aquarium – Twilight to Night program

Ever wondered what happens at night on the Great Barrier Reef? Wonder no more with our Twilight to Night education program that will reveal remarkable facts and show you some incredible sights too.

Get up close to the Great Barrier Reef after dark without getting your feet wet and see how fish and other animals act after dark. Watch some of the special coral species fluoresce under UV lights, capture some active night predators under infra-red light and observe the nocturnal habits of reef animals. You will not be disappointed and there are some incredible things you will learn.

The program includes:

  • Nocturnal Presentation
  • Discovery Lagoon Session
  • Nocturnal Torchlight Tour and Coral Fluorescence
  • Turtle Hospital visit
  • Daylight / Night observation activity and data collection (optional)

The time of the program will vary throughout the year depending on sunset time. Ideally the start time will be around 40 minutes before sunset so students can observe the animals in the Coral Reef Exhibit before dark.

Twilight to Night tour times
Summer6pm - 8pm
Winter5pm - 7pm

Twilight to Night tour prices -

$295.00 - for groups up to 24 students. Extra students / adults $16.80 each.

Start time will be confirmed with schools at time of booking.

Standard Teacher Free of Charge (FOC) ratios apply:
Kindy – Prep1:4
Grade 1 – 31:6
Grade 4 – 101:10
Special needs1:1
Tertiary / Adult1:10

How to make a booking -

Bookings are required at least two weeks in advance for all programs on a first – come, first – serve basis. We recommend that you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please have the following on hand when making a booking:

  • Contact details – phone and email
  • Preferred and alternative dates
  • Preferred time
  • Approximate number of students attending and their year levels

If you require accommodation for students whilst in Townsville, the following links may be useful:

Apex Camps Australia – Magnetic Island

Riverside Convention Centre

If you have any questions or would like to make an education booking please contact:

Reef HQ Education:

Phone – inside Australia: (07) 4750 0890

Phone – outside Australia: +61 07 4750 0890


Last updated: 07/08/19