ReefHQ is the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. On top of that, it’s completely open to the elements up top. This means that the tank experiences the effects of natural daylight and moonlight along with storms just like a real coral reef would.
From inside, visitors can get a glimpse of the many different fish and invertebrates that all make up this complex ecosystem as seen on the Great Barrier Reef. Other exhibits with smaller tanks give visitors a closer look into the various aspects of life on the reef.
Apart from the coral reef exhibit, the aquarium is also home to the Turtle Hospital. This is where staff care for sick and injured sea turtles and aim to rehabilitate them before they’re released again into their natural habitat. With guided tours, the Turtle Hospital hopes to better educate people about the role they can play in protecting these beautiful creatures.
In addition to the coral reef tank, there is also the predator exhibit featuring a backdrop of the famous SS Yongala shipwreck in North Queensland. Here visitors can get up close and personal with various reef sharks, stingrays, large predatory fish and sea turtles naturally found on the Great Barrier Reef and other reef systems.
As part of the aquarium’s mission to educate people about the Great Barrier Reef, video conferences are held in the coral reef tank. Here scuba divers give presentations and answer questions for people all over the world and provide a look at the wonders of the reef as seen underwater.
A trip to ReefHQ Aquarium is a must for travelers who find themselves in Northern Queensland. ReefHQ offers a truly unique experience that only Australia has to offer and I highly recommend it to everyone.