Master Plan

Great Barrier Reef Aquarium Master Plan 2021-2041

The Great Barrier Reef Aquarium established a Master Plan to guide long-term direction for continuous improvements and  the objectives of the centre as a public institution for its long-term future.

Master Plan vision

The vision is to create a unified design character in order to sustain the Great Barrier Reef Aquarium as an educational and cultural landmark for visitors to North Queensland, well into the future. The Master Plan will direct the interpretive and functional master planning of the education, experience, and exhibits of the world-class Aquarium for the next 20 years. 

This Master Plan has been developed in two parts. Section one provides the context, strategic directions, and principles that guide the Reef Authority’s work and projects at the Great Barrier Reef Aquarium. This underpins the way we work and establishes a set of agreed directions that unify our common purpose and future direction. Section two outlines priority projects to be implemented in the next five years, as well as provides a conceptual guide for potential future developments.

Master Plan main focus

The main focus of the plan’s overarching vision is the establishment of a globally significant Reef Education Hub, which may include career pathway and traineeship programs, hands-on experiential learning areas and advanced coral propagation facilities as well as increased sustainability measures and enhanced technology to support learning throughout the new exhibits.

Delivery of the full Master Plan will transform the Great Barrier Reef Aquarium as the global destination of excellence in tropical coral reef education and deliver on its commitment as the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef.

Located within Townsville’s Waterfront Priority Development Area’s Research and Tourism Precinct, the Aquarium is ideally placed to act as a vital centre of a world leading marine science precinct, showcasing Townsville’s reputation as a world leader in marine science, research and education.

Master Plan download

You can download a copy of the Aquarium’s Master Plan by clicking the link here (PDF, 6.7MB) or by clicking on the image below.

Page published on: 13 June 2023

Page last updated on: 11 August 2023