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Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) Tours

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Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA)

Located directly on Perth’s Turquoise Coast, the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) is home to marine animals from all along the 7,500-mile (12,000-km) coastline of Australia’s largest state. The family-friendly attraction boasts a wide array of species from this diverse area, ranging from tiny fish to large rays.

The Basics
AQWA is in Hillarys Boat Harbour, a family-friendly dining, boating, and entertainment complex. You can spend your time browsing the exhibits that feature coral, jellyfish, sharks, and other sea life or book additional activities, which include snorkeling with sharks, going diving, and taking whale-watching cruises and glass-bottom boat tours. Because of its location in a suburb, Hillarys isn’t part of most city tours, but there’s enough to do here to keep you busy all day. 

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Purchase tickets in advance online, especially if you want to take part in any of the optional activities.
  • There is a café at the aquarium that offers snacks and light meals and has both indoor and outdoor seating.
  • AQWA does not keep any marine mammals like dolphins or seals; the aquarium recommends seeing mammals in the wild on whale-watching cruises.
  • The aquarium is wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
AQWA is a 20- to 30-minute drive from central Perth via the Mitchell Freeway; there is free parking on site. To reach the aquarium on public transportation, take the Joondalup train line to the Warwick station, then catch a city bus to Hillarys.

When to Get There
The aquarium is open daily from late morning until early evening. It is busiest on weekends and during school breaks, so if you’re visiting at one of those times, arrive first thing in the morning to avoid the biggest crowds. Events—such as turtle feedings and educational talks—take place throughout the day.

Hillarys Boat Harbour
There’s lots to see and do at Hillarys. After visiting the aquarium, you can head out on a chartered fishing trip, make a beeline for the beach and go for a swim, play on waterslides, take the kids to the playground, browse the shops on the boardwalk, hop the ferry to Rottnest Island, or enjoy drinks or a meal while watching the sun set into the Indian Ocean.


Address: 91 Southside Drive, Hillarys 6025, Australia
Admission: Varies
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AQWA The Aquarium of Western Australia: General Admission

AQWA The Aquarium of Western Australia: General Admission

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Visit the Aquarium of Western Australia and spend the morning or afternoon immersed in Australia’s fascinating under water world. Get up close with five species of sharks, stingrays, and turtles in the 100-meter (320-foot) underwater tunnel, get to responsibly interact with sea stars, sea cucumbers and other marine life at the Touch Pool, and take advantage of a large offering of guided tours, talks and animal feedings times throughout the day.
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  • 2 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Snorkel with Sharks at AQWA

Snorkel with Sharks at AQWA

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Enjoy a guaranteed shark encounter as you plunge into the warm waters of the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA). Mingle with seven different shark species, plus turtles, stingrays, and a wealth of fish as you snorkel with our qualified divemasters in a group no larger than three. Start with a comprehensive briefing; leave with a certificate.
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  • 2 hours
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Dive with Sharks at AQWA

Dive with Sharks at AQWA

Dive with multiple species of sharks; the world's largest stingrays; and uniquely Western Australian fish in Australia's largest single aquarium! This is the safe and exciting way to interact with a variety of unique marine life. You also gain rare behind the scenes access to AQWA (WA's only major aquarium) and full general admission to all of its stunning exhibits and attractions.
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  • 2 hours
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Whale-Watching Cruise and Hillarys Boat Harbour Day Trip from Perth

Whale-Watching Cruise and Hillarys Boat Harbour Day Trip from Perth

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This whale-watching cruise from Hillarys Boat Harbour, just north of Perth, gives you the chance to get out on the Indian Ocean and look for humpback whales during their yearly migration along the coast of Western Australia. When booking, you have the option to enhance your experience at Hillarys with admission to the Aquarium of Western Australia. Or, select the option that includes round-trip transport from Perth, which provides free time at Hillarys to enjoy family-friendly attractions on your own, such as restaurants, shops, bars, a beach and waterslides.
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  • 1 day
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US$47.01
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