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). Please be advised that the technical tour departs from Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville.

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 360 degrees 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.

Please be advised that you will need to wear closed toe shoes at the site visit to the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

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