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About Reef Teach

Cairns and the Great Barrier Reefs' only dedicated and self-funded, publicly accessible Marine Education, Research and conservation organisation.

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"With Learning Comes Appreciation"

Reef Teach, Cairns

Reef Teach (est. 1992) was born out of demand from the public wanting to know more about the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). For the nearly 30 years, Reef Teach has remained independently run, and has grown into a leading research and education organisation.

In late 2016 Reef Teach owners increased their commitment to dedicate more resources to their newly developed research projects as well as their existing education programs, under the Reef Naturalist Programs (RNP). Since 2017 Reef Teach Marine Biologists have spent on average 2 days a week at sea collecting critical reef health indicators and coral cover estimates and carrying out a minimum of three visitor talks a week.

Reef Teach uses its educational programs as a way to share knowledge about the GBR and generate funds for its research program. This underlies Reef Teach’s core message “With Learning Comes Appreciation..!” By participating in any of Reef Teach’s programs people can feel encouraged that they have directly contributed to research and the conservation of the GBR.

  • Reef Teach Talk - We continue to deliver our highly acclaimed visitor talks three times a week, bringing a greater understanding and appreciation of the GBR to hundreds of visitors a year.

  • Reef Research - Our own Reef Teach research and conservation projects share data with other Australian and International initiatives and agencies to expand our understanding and add to conservation efforts world-wide.

  • Marine Discoveries Internships - As part of our research and education efforts , Reef Teach offers Internships for those wishing to make a greater contribution. Interns will help Reef Teach expand its research capabilities whilst providing a great level of education and engagement for other visitors.

  • Reef Education - Reef Teach offers are range of educational experiences, from the schedule public reef talks, private talks, full day advance reef course to 1 or 2 day experiences which take you out to the Great Barrier Reef.

Your Very Own
Marine Biologist

Gareth Phillips - Principal Marine Biologist, Reef Teach, Cairns

Gareth Phillips

Principal Marine Biologist
MSc Zoology, Marine Mammals
BSc Hons. Marine Ecology

All staff at Reef Teach are highly qualified with post–graduate level of achievement in marine biology, together with multiple years of working experience in the marine environment. Collectively the staff have over 50 years of experience in the marine field.

As Marine Biologists, researchers and conservationists, we have a passion for the Great Barrier Reef and the flora and fauna that make up this amazing eco-system. Our goal is to pass on some of that passion, knowledge and experience to visitors and future generations of conservation enthusiasts and scientists.

We encourage all visitors to The Great Barrier Reef to follow eco-tourism guidelines and "take only pictures and memories, and leave only bubbles"!

Acknowledgement Of Country
Reef Teach acknowledges, recognises and respects the Elders, families and forebears of the the Bama Peoples – the Aboriginal rainforest people who are traditional custodians/owners of the lands that cover our region. We also acknowledge, recognise and respect other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who call our region and the Great Barrier Reef their home.