Great Barrier Reef Aquarium redevelopment project

Position statement

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (Reef Authority) continues to work with the Government to deliver the Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef.

The central aim of the Great Barrier Reef on land is to provide access for all ages and abilities to experience one of the world’s most iconic ecosystems.

Substantial work on the project is occurring behind the scenes. This includes the development of detailed designs featuring engineering and architectural innovation, durability, and creativity worthy of the World Heritage Area.

Concurrently, comprehensive planning and collaboration with the Australian Institute of Marine Science has been undertaken to temporarily house rock, sand, fish, invertebrates, and coral from the coral reef exhibit and other tanks to systems within the National Sea Simulator.

The relocation of fish and coral is being conducted meticulously to ensure the highest standards of animal husbandry and animal welfare.

The 37-year-old Aquarium has not been demolished. Adjacent buildings located on the former Wonderland site, including the IMAX Theatre, office space, and the Cultural Centre, were removed in preparation for capital works to occur.

We wish to thank the Queensland community for its support for this beloved facility and look forward to providing project updates in due course.

Page published on: 26 June 2024

Page last updated on: 2 July 2024