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AQWA - Aquarium of Western Australia

You don’t need to dive into the ocean to see Australia’s famous coral, sharks and sea turtles. Go and see many of the country’s marine species in the one place!

The AQWA - Aquarium of Western Australia is home to fascinating marine life, species that inhabit the state’s coastal area. There are more than 40 different exhibits housing over 4,000 different aquatic species. Its main tank, named the Shipwreck Coast, holds nearly 800,000 gallons (3 million liters) of water and is one of the biggest in Australia.

Make your way through the long see-through tunnel to watch animals of all shapes and sizes swim overhead. You’ll spot sharks up to 13 feet (4 meters) long, enormous rays and heavy loggerhead turtles. See if you can spot an octopus or seahorse.

Book in for the underwater Reefwalker adventure: You breathe through a long hose and can stroll right through the kaleidoscopic array of coral. It is just a selection from the 7,450 miles (12,000 kilometers) of Western Australian coastline, which is less known than the Great Barrier Reef but equally stunning. If you’d rather stay dry, you can watch the colorful display from the other side of the glass. If you have experience with snorkeling or diving, rent some gear and jump in with a guide to meet the reef sharks.

Check out the Great Southern Coast for a look at sea dragons and other creatures that call the icy waters home. Visit the Perth Coast exhibit for a look at jellyfish and other species that live along the city’s shore.

Head over to the Far-North Coast exhibit to learn about the underwater world of this highly-isolated region. The tropical lagoon habitat houses odd-looking fish and even crocodiles. Examine some of the most dangerous local creatures at the DANGERzone exhibit. You’ll get to see stonefish, sea snakes and the infamous blue-ringed octopus. Get your hands on some of the aquarium’s safer specimens at the touch pool.

The AQWA is next to Hillarys Boat Harbour, about 13.5 miles (22 kilometers) north from central Perth. It’s open every day of the year, except major public holidays. Note that jumping in with the fish costs extra and needs to be booked in advance.

We know you really want to make the most out of your trip to Aquarium of Western Australia. So, we've rounded up some of the most popular things you can do on your visit:

For more activities, examine our Hillarys things to do page.


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Best Lodging Options Near Aquarium of Western Australia

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Hillarys Harbour Resort ¥12,398
Hillarys Harbour Resort

Hillarys Harbour Resort

68 Southside Drive, Hillarys Boat Harbour, Hillarys, WA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated by the ocean, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Aquarium of Western Australia and Hillarys Boat Harbour. Sorrento Beach is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away.

    Hillary's Coastal Resort
    Hillary's Coastal Resort

    Hillary's Coastal Resort

    68 Southside Dr, Hillarys, WA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Hillarys apartment building is in the entertainment district and within a 10-minute walk of Hillarys Boat Harbour and Sorrento Beach. Mullaloo Beach and Scarborough Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Quality Resort Sorrento Beach ¥11,472
      Quality Resort Sorrento Beach

      Quality Resort Sorrento Beach

      1 Padbury Circle, Sorrento, WA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Sorrento hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sorrento Beach, Hillarys Boat Harbour, and Sorrento Quay Boardwalk. Aquarium of Western Australia and Mettam's Pool are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Sorrento Beach Manor ¥6,602
        Sorrento Beach Manor

        Sorrento Beach Manor

        54a Kempenfeldt Ave, Sorrento, WA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Sorrento, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sorrento Quay Boardwalk, Hillarys Boat Harbour, and Sorrento Beach. Aquarium of Western Australia and Mettam's Pool are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Sorrento Beach Bed & Breakfast ¥8,742
          Sorrento Beach Bed & Breakfast

          Sorrento Beach Bed & Breakfast

          30 Hood Terrace, cnr Kempenfeldt St, Sorrento, WA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the entertainment district, this romantic bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sorrento Quay Boardwalk, Hillarys Boat Harbour, and Sorrento Beach. Aquarium of Western Australia and Mettam's Pool are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Sunset Place Apartments
            Sunset Place Apartments

            Sunset Place Apartments

            23 Whiley Road, Marmion, WA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Marmion, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sorrento Beach, Hillarys Boat Harbour, and Scarborough Beach. Mettam's Pool and Sorrento Quay Boardwalk are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Ocean View Motel ¥6,076
              Ocean View Motel

              Ocean View Motel

              10 Lawley Street, North Beach, WA
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in North Beach, this beach motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mettam's Pool, Scarborough Beach, and Sorrento Beach. Hillarys Boat Harbour is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

                The Spanish Lodge and B&B ¥6,980
                The Spanish Lodge and B&B

                The Spanish Lodge and B&B

                32 Cook Avenue, Hillarys, WA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Hillarys, this guesthouse is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Westfield Whitford City and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hillarys Boat Harbour and Sorrento Beach. Mullaloo Beach and Sorrento Quay Boardwalk are also within 3 mi (5 km).