Reefworld Aquarium in Hervey Bay is an all natural aquarium - one of only a few in the world - using sand-filtered sea water and natural sunlight.
Highlights of this unique beachfront aquarium are hand feeding the green sea turtles, swimming with reef sharks and observing the fish native to the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
The touch tank offers smaller children the opportunity to directly interact with star fish, sea urchins, coral and a selection of miniature reef fish. Inside the tanks, look out for the unusual and highly venomous stone fish, manta rays, sea apples, lungfish and many other colorful, tropical fish.
Along the walls, there is an educational display of shark teeth, rare shells and bones. After all the underwater excitement, it is possible to enjoy a meal at the Waterfront Restaurant, overlooking Fraser Island and Urangan Pier.
Need to know - Turtle feeding takes place at 11am and 2.30pm daily and tickets are valid all day with multiple re-entries.
*Ticket prices correct at time of visiting in April 2018.
By Lucy Hordern