Visiting AIMS headquarters in Townsville

AIMS headquarters south of Townsville, Queensland

Our headquarters at Cape Ferguson, about 50 km from Townsville’s CBD, is an international landmark in tropical marine science and home to the National Sea Simulator (SeaSim).

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

Finding us

Head south from Townsville on the Bruce Highway (A1). Approximately 37 km from the city centre, turn left at the signposted turn-off to AIMS, onto Cape Cleveland Rd. Follow this road for a further 16 km until you arrive at the Institute.

Please note there is no public transport to the Institute.


Phone: +61 7 4753 4444 during business hours (8.00 am – 4.40 pm Monday to Friday)


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Public tours  

We hold a public tour on Friday mornings between April and November. Click here for more information.

Researchers and official guests

On site accommodation

We have six self-contained houses and six motel-style units available for visiting researchers, official guests and staff. These accommodation facilities are not available to the public.

To book, please email

Computer network access

Visiting researchers can access resources from their home institution using the wireless network EduRoam.

To access EduRoam you will need a login and password from your home institution. Please contact your local IT department before visiting to find out if they participate in EduRoam, and to help configure your laptop to suit your home network.

If you have any questions about this service, please email or visit

Access Provided:

  • HTTP
  • VPN
  • POPS.

Wireless Standards Supported:

  • 802.1x
  • WPA
  • TKIP