Reef HQ

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Reef HQ Aquarium
Date opened 24 June 1987
Location Townsville, Queensland,  Australia
Coordinates 19°15′28″S 146°49′26″E / 19.2577°S 146.8238°E / -19.2577; 146.8238Coordinates: 19°15′28″S 146°49′26″E / 19.2577°S 146.8238°E / -19.2577; 146.8238
Volume of largest tank 2 600 000 L(up to 3 million lt after water intake)
Annual visitors 100 000

Reef HQ (typeset as ReefHQ) is the largest living coral reef aquarium.[1] It is located in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. The aquarium was built as a Bicentennial Commemorative project and is a part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). The Coral Reef Exhibit has 130 coral species and 120 fish species along with hundreds of species of sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, brittle stars, feather stars, snails, worms and sponges.

ReefHQ Aquarium, Townsville, Queensland Australia



Three of a series of five tropical aquariums mounted in a single large room aquarium, located at the entrance of Reef HQ

Reef HQ Aquarium is inclusive of the Coral Reef Exhibit, a Predator Exhibit, a children's section, a gift shop and cafe.[1] In 2006 Reef HQ opened new 'Exploring our Wetlands' interactive kiosks developed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.[2]


Reef HQ Aquarium is located in the same complex as the Museum of Tropical Queensland and the Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre and an IMAX theatre in the Central Business District. Over 110 000 visitors tour Reef HQ Aquarium every year.[1]

Coral Reef Exhibit[edit]

Water motion is created in the Coral Reef Exhibit by a pneumatic wave machine. Unusually, the aquarium is open to the weather, receiving precipitation, sun- and moonlight, just like natural coral reefs. The tank holds approximately 2.5 million litres of water.[1]

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