Townsville Visitor Centres
While in Townsville, don't miss the extensive visitor centre featuring our neighbouring World Heritage Area, the Great Barrier Reef. Reef HQ on Flinders Street in the centre of town is the world's largest living coral aquarium and has more than 50 tanks filled with marine life.
Volunteers and marine biologists lead discovery tours, underwater dive shows and educational programs.
Phone the aquarium on (07) 4750-0800.
There is a small Wet Tropics display at Townsville Enterprise, a tourist information centre staffed by volunteers on the city's southern approach. Their phone is (07) 4778-3555.
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Museum of Tropical Queensland is one of Townsville’s leading tourist attractions and educational centres. It is located on Flinders St next to Reef HQ. Spend 2-3 hours to enjoy and explore the Museum’s six public galleries.
Check out the the Museum's website
Open: 9.30am-5.00pm, 7 days a week. Entry to the Museum of Tropical Queensland is free for locals with the Council Community Pass. For others there is a small entry fee. Concessions are available.
TYTO Wetlands Centre - Ingham
The TYTO Wetlands Information Centre is the gateway to 90ha of wetlands in Ingham. It offers interesting displays about local wildlife and their habitats. Located behind the information centre is a new precinct comprising Man Made Wetlands, Waterfront Restaurant, 11m Observation Tower, Library and Art Gallery. Open: Monday to Friday from 8:45am to 5pm, and on weekends and most public holidays from 9am to 4pm. More information is available from (07) 4776-4792 or the TYTO Wetlands website.
Reef and Rainforest Centre, Cardwell
The Reef and Rainforest Centre in the main street near the jetty is run by local volunteers with assistance from Queensland National Parks and Wildlife staff. The centre houses stunning displays by regional artists including a life-size dugong, a reconstructed pioneer's cottage and a shy mahogany glider peaking from a tree trunk.
Staff take bookings for Hinchinbrook Island and other coastal islands. Phone (07) 4066-8601