Townsville, North Queensland

Coral Greenhouse

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Discover a world below, and be inspired by the Museum of Underwater Art

Experience the 'Coral Greenhouse' with one of five commercial tourism operators offering tours to John Brewer Reef. Hear the reef's greatest stories, and be #inspiredbyMOUA.

 

Adrenalin Dive will be hosting tours from Townsville or Magnetic Island every Sunday and Thursday
Spend a full day snorkeling or scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and visit the world-class Museum of Underwater Art.  Boarding at 7am and returning at 4:30pm, you can board the vessel from either Townsville or Magnetic Island  |  BOOK NOW

For mooring information visit HERE

 

 

Yongala Dive will be hosting tours from Townsville, commencing 20 August 2020
Visit the underwater museum and surrounding coral reefs located at John Brewer Reef for a fun packed day trip to the Great Barrier Reef, departing Townsville  |  BOOK NOW

 

 

Pro Dive Magnetic Island will be hosting tours from Magnetic Island, commencing mid-September 2020
Experience one of the seven wonders of the world – The Great Barrier Reef - and be inspired by the Museum of Underwater Art with a day trip, departing Magnetic Island  |  Coming soon!

 

 

Orpheus Island Lodge will be offering guests optional tours to the Museum of Underwater Art, on request.
Take a private charter boat from Orpheus Island Lodge to experience the Great Barrier Reef, and the Museum of Underwater Art, departing Orpheus Island  |  Coming soon!

 

 

SeaLink Queensland will be hosting tours from Townsville, commencing early 2021.
Explore the Great Barrier Reef in comfort, and be inspired by the Museum of Underwater Art, departing Townsville  |  Coming soon!

 

The 'Coral Greenhouse' is located in the heart of the Greater Barrier Reef Marine Park at John Brewer Reef and is the largest MOUA installation, sharing a message of reef conservation and restoration. Click here to read Jason DeCaires Taylor's description of the 'Coral Greenhouse'.

It is the first-ever underwater building created by Artist Jason DeCaires Taylor, who hopes to advance education and offer opportunities for scientists, marine students and tourists to engage in action-based learning and to conduct globally important research on coral reef restoration and new technology.

Weighing more than 58 tonnes, the 'Coral Greenhouse' is filled with 20 reef guardians who are propagating coral  spreading the message of reef conservation.

Fast facts:

  • - Located approximately 80km from Townsville - 2-hours by boat

- Made from stainless steel and pH-neutral materials to complement natural coral growth
- John Brewer Reef, located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, is a naturally-formed reef, with some weather protection, 10-15metre visibility, natural coral walls and a flat sandy base

Location of The Coral Greenhouse on John Brewer Reef.


Adrenalin Dive

Operating Sunday and Thursday

Yongala Dive

Commencing 20 August 2020

Pro dive Magnetic Island

Commencing mid-September 2020

Orpheus Island Lodge

On request


Naturally-Formed Beauty

John Brewer Reef, located offshore from Townsville in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, is a naturally-formed reef, with some weather protection, 10-15metre visibility, natural coral walls and a flat sandy base on which the art can be secured.

For thousands of years the Wulgurukaba people and other groups paddled these waters trading along the coast between tribal groups. These people had an intimate understanding of their environment, the seasons and the spirituality behind it all.

The reef was named after a troop ship named John Brewer sailing from Sydney to India in 1842.

Biologically, John Brewer Reef was first surveyed in 1984. In 2019, 74 different fish species were recorded here. Click here for location details.

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