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    Great tourist attraction in the centre of Townsville. Guarded parking can be found right opposite, pricing reasonable (if you are from Sydney you will be happy). The kids loved the aquarium, it’s a good alternative if you don’t have the opportunity to go out to the reef yourself. What I loved was the different tanks that allowed some interaction, for example the circular tank tube with “Nemos” (clownfish) – the kids could crawl under and stick their head in, now surrounded by lots of fish – great for a photo. We watched the shark show with a diver telling some interesting things about sharks – while diving! Overall a good experience.

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    The aquarium was nice, but a little small – we were able to see our way around it in about an hour. It was nice to see all the fish and other sea life sharing the tanks, however, making it seem more ‘real’. The highlight of the venue was undoubtedly the turtles, where we were taken into the hospital section at the rear of the museum to visit the turtles who are being cared for, and to learn about their environment – a real eye opener. It was a nice experience overall, but don’t expect it to fill more than a few hours.

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    Fantabulous, however a little expensive!!

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    We came to visit Northern Queensland for the sunshine and to view the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. For the “not wanting to get wet”, brigade, like us, diving would be out, a glass bottom boat would be limited, trying to view the reef over the side of a moving boat would be hopeless. The ReefHQ Aquarium Townsville is the “Worlds Largest Living Coral Reef Aquarium” and gave us the ultimate Reef experience, with it’s fascinating display of coral sea life, just imagine walking under the sea without getting wet. The trip starts with a dive show, while seated in a theatre, you have a full view of a genuine reef, complete with a wreck, a range of sharks, rays, fish of various size’s, lengths, and colours. A diver in full scuba gear is interviewed from the auditorium, while sharks, rays, and other varieties of fish swim around him. The venue is wired to allow for video tele conferencing, for educational purposes, world wide. Add to this, a walking tour through the underwater viewing tunnel, allowing close up views of a living reef. There is a myriad of living corals, anemone’s and a profusion of reef fish, all in their natural habitat, and a Mangrove swamp containing a large Barramundi and a baby crocodile. All the exhibits were fascinating and colourful, especially one small exhibit with ghostly lighting showing coral at great depth with fluorescent deep sea fish. A recent addition to the aquarium, is the Turtle Hospital, where we were shown injured and sick turtles, being treated back to health, and later returned to their natural enviroment. There are seven species of Turtles in the world and six of them are found in Australian waters. The finale of our tour of this incredible aquarium, was feeding time for the sea creatures, with thoughtful commentary, very exciting to witness. The National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Marine Park Authority, along with it’s talented staff and army of volunteers, makes this the most impressive, convenient and affordable way for the whole family to see the reef without getting wet. Definitely a must visit.

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    Interesting and informative