AIMS' headquarters, about 50km from Townsville's CBD, is an international landmark in tropical marine science.

Sitting adjacent to the centre of the Great Barrier Reef and surrounded by a 207 hectare national park and marine reserve, it is free from development, is biosecure and has access to clean seawater and a protected harbour.

Where is AIMS?

Leaving Townsville on the south-bound Bruce Highway, you will find the turn-off to AIMS is signposted on the left, approximately 37 km from Townsville city centre. After turning left onto the AIMS access road, follow the road for a further 16 km and you will arrive at the Institute. There is no public transport to the Institute.

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Public Tours
Our public tours run on Friday mornings from March to November. The tour begins at 10:00am and ends at approximately 12 noon. It includes presentations on AIMS research and a guided walk around our research facilities.

It is a requirement that you wear sturdy footwear and bring a hat to protect against the sun. 

Bookings are essential and will close at 4:00pm the day before the tour (Thursday). Please advise us of any mobility issues when booking. 

Special tours on other weekdays can be prearranged for groups - contact us for details.

Refreshments are available for purchase on-site (during opening hours). Groups must book in advance.

More information and bookings:
E-mail reception@aims.gov.au 
Phone: +61 (07) 4753 4444 during business hours (8:00am – 4.40pm, Monday to Friday).

On site accommodation
On site accommodation, comprising six self-contained houses and six motel-style units, is available to visiting researchers, official guests and staff. Accommodation facilities are not available to the public.

To make a booking, please contact the Institute via email accommodation@aims.gov.au.

Networking access to home computers: EduRoam
EduRoam allows visiting researchers to access resources from their home institution while at AIMS Townsville.

Visitors can retrieve information by logging on to the EduRoam wireless network at AIMS using a login and password from their home institution.

If you'd like to access EduRoam using your own laptop while visiting AIMS, please contact your local IT department to determine if your home institution participates in EduRoam.

Your IT department can help you configure your system to suit your home network requirements before arriving at the Institute.

Any questions related to this service can be emailed to eduroam@aims.gov.au

For more information about this wireless network and its participants please visit Eduroam.

Access Provided:

  • HTTP
  • VPN
  • POPS

Wireless Standards Supported:

  • 802.1x
  • WPA
  • TKIP