Of all the best things to do in Perth, visiting the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) is definitely on top of the list. A place for underwater adventures, AQWA provides fun entertainment for both children and grown-ups. Whether you are a visitor yourself or have friends visiting Perth, do not miss this spot!
AQWA has the largest aquarium in Australia – the Shipwreck Coast, which is home to more than 4,000 marine species from corals and jelly fish, to large stingrays and sharks. To make your visit there flawless, here are the top things to do.
Things to do at AQWA
Explore the underwater tunnel
The iconic underwater tunnel at the Aquarium of Western Australia is an once-in-a-lifetime experience. Step onto a moving conveyor belt that will take you on a journey through the transparent tunnel with stingrays, turtles, sharks, and various fish species that swim up right close.
There are many displays around AQWA to admire marine life, such as crabs, jelly fish, star fish, crocodiles, and much more. There is no better place to take photos, except if you decide to…
Dive/snorkel with the sharks
For more adventurous visitors, dare to dive or snorkel with the sharks at AQWA, and it will become one unforgettable experience. Take photos with these amazing creatures and wave at your friends on the other side of a tunnel.
Want to take it easy? Just do a session of snorkelling or diving with colourful fishes and other aquarium inhabitants. If you prefer staying dry, check out the Great Southern Coast and the Perth Coast exhibits to learn more about Australia’s marine life.
Join one of the events
For your kids to have the most fun, bring them to one of AQWA’s events. Let them enjoy time with friends at the Shark Sleepover during school holidays, or attend the thematic interactive kids shows (Mer-jestic Mermaid Tales, Superhero Kapow, to name a few), loved by both kids and adults.
For a more adult experience; Dine Beneath the Sea, or check in for specialised events on holidays such as Valentine’s Day.
Walk around the Harbour and Sorrento Quay
Looking for something special to bring back home with you? Take a look at AQWA’s Gift Shop and cross out the souvenir shopping from your to-do list. After such a busy day, end it with a nice stroll along the calm Hillarys Boat Harbour, and enjoy a drink or meal at the Sorrento Quay.
Tips for visiting the Aquarium of Western Australia
Located approximately 20 km north of Perth in Hillarys, AQWA is only a short drive away from the Perth city centre. If you are planning to use public transportation, catch a train on the Joondalup Line and switch to the local bus after.
AQWA is one of the favourite family spots to encounter thousands of marine life species. To make this learning experience even more fun, you can download iPhone or Android applications, which is an interactive journey under the ocean that includes an audio tour and a game of spotto.
If you are travelling with kids and want to make a visit to AQWA educational, check out their activity sheets, which will help to plan an excellent excursion and engage your little ones.
General admission tickets cost A$30 for adults, A$18 for children and free for infants. The prices vary for families, unlimited entry-tickets, concession, memberships, etc. Snorkelling and diving discoveries are priced A$49 and A$95 respectively, while prices for swimming with sharks are reasonably higher. Check out all the prices, including fees for groups and special events here.
A visit to the Aquarium of Western Australia should definitely be on your list when visiting Perth. A lovely adventure for everyone, AQWA is so worth your time and money. To maximise your stay in Perth, combine visiting AQWA, hanging out at the local hotspot Sorrento Quay, or enjoying Rottnest Island on the same day.