Thursday, July 30, 2009


The Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville is only a few minutes walk from the heart of the city. Reef HQ, in Townsville, is the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium and home to 130 species of coral, 120 species of fish and many hundred sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, worm sponges and countless other coral reef creatures.

Reef HQ is the only living coral reef aquarium in Australia and one of the primary tools for educating the public about the management of the Great Barrier Reef.

The coral reef tank is a closed ecosystem that closely replicates a natural coral reef with sunlight, waves, water movement and the same biodiversity found in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

It is an amazing experience to stand centimeters away from reef sharks whizzing past my nose, look into the mouth of a stingray, or the eyes of a turtle, as I wander through the 20metre long acrylic walk-through tunnel that acts as a window to the reef.

Townsville is well known for its combination of tropical warmth and magnetism of city. The city enjoys 320 days of sunshine and therefore the Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville is one which combines a balanced source of flora and fauna. Around 50 swimming pools will get into The Reef HQ Aquarium.

Corals are very susceptible to changes in weather.The temperature changes are felt naturally. The living beings experience the fell of rain, thunder storms and everything. As the corals are very sensitive, the water in the reef is maintained regularly. The water is extremely fresh and clear. It is also the place for predators, turtles and various other kinds of fishes.

The Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville is very technically built which helps in the survival of all kinds of animals and plants. It could be called a manmade ecosystem. A healthy growth of algae and greenery helps the animals and fishes to feed on them. There are a lot of fishes who feed on the invertebrates and worms which are there in the underground sand.

A large number of students and teachers visit the Reef HQ Aquarium which helps in live demonstration and educational knowledge for the students. Students, visitors and tourists get a healthy environmental knowledge from the Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville.

Reef HQ is one of my favourite place in Townsville and I enjoy to watch the fish, turtle and the corals.


Pradip Biswas said...

Thank you for taking us to this beautiful place. I really repent for turning down a job offer from Australia few months ago.

Anya said...

Hi Babli
That Aquarium looks so wonderful :)
Amazing !!!
Thanks for so many beautiful shots,it makes my day :)
Anya :)

Sucharita Sarkar said...

So interesting. Underwater sites fascinate me completely.

डॉ. रूपचन्द्र शास्त्री मयंक said...

रोचक पोस्ट और आकर्षक चित्र।
बहुत-बहुत बधाई!

BK Chowla said...

It must have been a great effort to take such beautiful pics.I have been to certain aquariums before,never seen a thing like this.

Aparna said...

Amazing pics babli.
All the sea creatures were so distinct. Must have been an breathtaking experience.

Science Bloggers Association said...

Sachmuch shaandaar.
-Zakir Ali ‘Rajnish’
{ Secretary-TSALIIM & SBAI }

abdul hai said...

Aquarium ultimate

Jeevan said...

Wow! The snaps are awesome and very clearly visible creatures. You have described it well and it must be an interesting place to visit and sense underworld. I wish I visit such a place at least ones.

Jarlin Paul said...

Great pictures...hope you enjoyed the visit.

SG said...

Excellent blog and pictures. Been to every continent but so far I have not visited Australia. Next visit to Australia, will certainly remember and visit the Reef HQ Acquarium.

Nazish Rahman said...

Amazing pics...underwater is really beautiful

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Wow.What a spectacular & breathtaking aquarium.The underwater pics are fascinating.I have become your follower here too

Science Bloggers Association said...

Nice Blog. Congrats.
-Zakir Ali ‘Rajnish’
{ Secretary-TSALIIM & SBAI }
[Editor- Children’s Poem & Adult’s Poem]

divsi said...

amazinn!!:) hope to see it sumtime:)) loved the pix!

ஷ‌ஃபிக்ஸ்/Suffix said...

Wow so the pictures are so clear and beautiful, thanks for sharing with us, really enjoyed the view!!

Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.