Reef HQ Aquarium is currently unable to take bookings for after-hour private events. When COVID-19 restrictions ease we will re-evaluate in what capacity we can offer after-hour bookings.

Reef HQ Aquarium becomes an exciting and unique venue for a cocktail event or sit-down dinner.  Where else in Queensland will you have a 2.5 million litre coral reef exhibit as your backdrop? The entire complex is available exclusively to you and your guests and is perfect for pre-dinner drinks, an after-work wind down, corporate function or even a wedding reception in spectacular style. Create a memorable experience for your next event.

The Aquarium will open your eyes to an amazing world filled with thousands of charismatic marine creatures. With impressive living exhibits, Reef HQ Aquarium offers an ever-changing, always fascinating experience, showcasing rare and extraordinary features of the Great Barrier Reef.

Pricing & Packages

ItemDurationFee (Inclusive GST)
Cocktail Function, under 60 people2 hours maximum$726 flat fee
Cocktail Function, over 60 people2 hours maximum$12.10 per person
Cocktail Function, under 60 peopleOver 2 hours$990 flat fee
Cocktail Function, over 60 peopleOver 2 hours$16.50 per person
Dinner Function, under 60 people $1,140 flat fee
Dinner Function, over 60 people $19 per person

Conditions and Restrictions Apply*

  • After hours function must commence after 6.00pm.
  • Set up restrictions apply and this cannot commence prior to 4:30pm.
  • Last drinks must be served at 11.00pm. Function must finish by 11:15pm. All guests must depart by 11.30pm.
  • For after hour functions, catering and drinks can only be supplied by the Reef HQ Aquarium approved external food and beverage suppliers. The client is responsible for arranging function catering by engaging one of these approved suppliers.
  • Venue hire packages do not include theming, decorating or decor elements.
  • Functions not available on Sunday or Public Holidays.
  • Please note: in the interest of marine animals and wildlife, we do not allow the use of balloons at events.

Download our Reef HQ Aquarium function package details using the links below:

Reef HQ Aquarium Function Packages (PDF)

Reef HQ Aquarium Function Packages (MS Word)

Venue Spaces and Capacities -

Reef HQ Aquarium Conference Centre92m2904050100
Coral Reef Exhibition Space205m2N/AN/A100250

Predator Exhibition Theatre
(Restrictions Apply)

Viewing Tunnel46m2N/AN/A2430

The above capacities are subject to catering, staging, projector screen and dance floor requirements. The layout capacities are exclusive of these items.

Further information -

To contact the Events officer:


  • (Inside Australia) 07 4750 0800
  • (Outside Australia) +61 7 4750 0800

Alternatively use our contact form available here.

Last updated: 29/07/20