Pacific began in 1971 as a privately funded project to collect
and establish onshore marine ecosystems highlighting the unique
features of the coral reefs which abound in Darwin waters. Very
little was known of this underwater "wildlife" at that time,
or that it even existed.
property was bought and renovated to house the first exhibition
of its kind in the world but all was wiped out by Cyclone Tracy
in 1974, only ten days after its official opening. The long
process of rebuilding and re-establishment of the displays started
immediately, but it was not until 1977 that Indo pacific Marine
then it has relocated twice to progressively larger and improved
premises as public demand increased for this facility.
Pacific Marine is the longest established man made tourism facility
in the Northern Territory, and has received industry recognition
for excellence over many years.
The exhibition is unique in the fact that because this is a
land based living marine centre where each system is totally
– no feeding, filtration or water changing
– visitors, regardless of their age, health or financial
constraints, are able to experience, learn and marvel under
expert guidance and in full safety, the beauty of the marine
environment, which is considered to be the most beautiful, fragile,
yet potentially dangerous environment on earth.
importantly, this experience taken place without any impact
on the natural environment, no damage to a fragile world by
reef walking at low tide or other group activities often associated
with marine tours.
the marine displays are contained eco systems, rare and unusual
species can be observed far more easily than would ever be the
case on a dive in the open sea, even for skilled SCUBA divers.
Indo Pacific Marine also features unique night tours of the
reef. Yet again, this all happens indoors where each visitor
is supplied with a torch to observe the nocturnal world of the
reef environment, and this can include corals spawning or fluorescing
in a spectacular display of light. For an even more close-up
experience, magnifying sheets are placed against the glass walls
of the displays to observe minute organisms as they go about
their business, as they would in an ocean environment.
Because the evening tours also include a seafood dinner, it
is a complete event, involving education, entertainment, relaxation
and the experience of our superb NT cuisine served either in house or on our Ocean Courtyard overlooking Darwin Harbour.