Experimental tanks in a controlled environment room within the National Sea Simulator

Our facilities

State-of-the-art infrastructure underpins our long-term, large-scale and wide-ranging research, and is housed in our three facilities.

AIMS’s headquarters is at Cape Ferguson, about 50 kilometres from Townsville.

In Darwin, our Arafura Timor Research Facility (ATRF) is located adjacent to the Charles Darwin University campus.

AIMS in Perth is co-located with the University of Western Australia (UWA)'s Oceans Institute at the university's Crawley campus.

These three locations are home to laboratory and administrative facilities that support field activities extending from the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef on the east coast to Shark Bay and the Abrolhos Islands in the west.

A modern research fleet, unique aquaria, sophisticated laboratories, operational workshops, extensive collections, analytical technology and a large array of marine observational equipment allow us to investigate subjects ranging from microbiology to broad-scale ecology and coastal oceanography, both in the lab and in the field.

They have also allowed us to collect comprehensive data sets.

And, even more importantly, access to our facilities allows our research and industry partners to further the collective knowledge of Australia’s unique marine ecosystems and the challenges they face.

Click here for information on how to visit our facilities.