Ecotourism and Reef Management Technical Tour

This full day technical tour takes you behind the scenes of two of Australia’s leading Reef Research and management organisations - the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

The day commences in Townsville City, where delegates will meet for a short drive to Bowling Green Bay, the location of AIMS research labs and a superb wetland and fronting the Bay. After a welcome morning tea, we will be briefed on the work of AIMS and get a behind the scenes look at the extraordinary National Sea Simulator which, amongst many other things, is providing invaluable data on coral adaptability to climate change (see for a 360degrees virtual tour of the National Sea Simulator).

Following the briefings at AIMS, delegates will be transported back to Reef HQ, GBRMPA’s Townsville based aquarium, research facility and Turtle Hospital (

After lunch, delegates will receive a briefing from Chief Scientist David Wachenfeld and Director of Education, Stewardship and Partnerships Fred Nucifora.

Delegates will get to explore the entire aquarium and will also receive a back of house tour including the Turtle Hospital that treats sick and injured turtles before releasing them back into the wild.

The tour will conclude by 4.30pm.

Cost: $185, Includes, transport from Reef HQ, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, entry in to Reef HQ aquarium. Minimum numbers apply