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Experience the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet, at the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. As the National Reef Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef, Reef HQ Aquarium offers education, entertainment and enlightenment – an amazing Great Barrier Reef experience!
Immerse yourself in the beauty of our 2.5 million-litre Coral Reef Exhibit, home to thousands of reef creatures great and small. Experience the incredible underwater viewing tunnel where predators prowl the watery depths of a replica bow section of the SS Yongala wreck. Visit North Queensland's only turtle hospital departing 12 noon and 3.30pm daily.
Reef HQ Aquarium has a full daily program of tours, talks and regular animal feedings; the Aquarium is also home to the Waterview Café and Reef-In Store gift shop. Reef HQ Aquarium is conveniently located in the heart of Townsville, North Queensland and open 9:30am to 5:00pm, 7 days, except Christmas Day.
Mount Spec, Paluma Range National Park is an accessible, scenic section of Paluma Range National Park, the most southerly park in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Straddling the Paluma Range, the upland rainforests are crossed by a maze of streams and cascades. Open eucalypt forests dominate the lower slopes. Casuarinas fringe the creeks. Escape the summer heat by picnicking near the creek. Go birdwatching and look for logrunners, Macleay's honeyeaters and brush turkeys. If you are lucky you might see the golden bowerbird - the male decorates his bower with green and yellow leaves and flowers. For a glimpse of the past, visit Paluma, a village in the rainforest.
A picturesque waterfall on Waterview Creek, rainforest, vine forest and open woodland feature in this popular section of Paluma Range National Park in the foothills of the Seaview Range. Rainforest grows on the higher slopes and fringes the creek. Poplar gum, bloodwood, Moreton Bay ash and cocky apple trees are common in the open woodland. Jourama Falls, Paluma National Park, is within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Jourama Falls in Paluma Range National Park offers beautiful places to relax, camp, walk and enjoy watching birds, butterflies and other native wildlife. Enjoy a picnic in the cool air at the day-use area near the first causeway. In the rainforest along the creek, look for the buff-breasted paradise-kingfisher which arrives here from Papua New Guinea between October and April. Camp at the popular Jourama Falls camping area or take a stroll along the three kilometre return track to view Jourama Falls, Waterview Creek and surrounding rainforest. Look for the distinctive red flowers of weeping bottlebrush trees overhanging the creek, which attract the brilliant blue Ulysses butterfly.