Marine Reserve Development

The Solitary Islands Marine Reserve contains over 550 species of fish, 90 species of coral and 9 dive sites.

National Marine Science Centre

The National Marine Science Centre is part of Southern Cross University's School of Environment, Science and Engineering. It is located next to the Novotel Resort complex at Coffs Harbour. 02 6648 3900.

New climate-controlled fish hatchery facilities, opened in 2012, enable researchers to grow all stages of the marine food chain, from algal culture to live food. Included is an aquaculture farm, tanks ranging from 1000 to 7000 litres and a new 30,000 broodstock facility. The new facilities enhance the study options for students who are undertaking their final year of the Bachelor of Marine Science and for postgraduate students who come to the Centre from all over the world.

Solitary Islands Aquarium

"A window into the unique marine environment of the Solitary Islands awaits you at the Solitary Islands Aquarium. Discover what makes the Solitary Islands Marine Park so special through our series of aquariums, guided tours and visual displays."

The green turtle (Chelonia mydas) one of three turtles in the marine park. Photo by David Harasti.

The tiger anemone is named after its tiger-like patterns. Photo by David Harasti.