Exploring WA's aquarium

Take a deep breath and dive into the wonders of the west coast's marine life – all from the comfort of this remarkable aquarium

  • Cherylene Chan

If you can’t slot in a full day’s dive while in Perth, the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) is a great one-stop survey of marine life, summing up the state’s coastal and coral reef systems in over 40 live exhibits.

Covering the state from one end to the other, each themed section showcases different underwater realms and their inhabitants, from the Great Southern Coast’s curious-looking seadragons to the Perth Coast’s drifting moon jellyfish and beyond. AQWA is also home to Australia’s largest underwater tunnel, the Shipwreck Coast, where sharks, turtles, stingrays and vibrant schools of fish glide around you in 3 million litres of Indian Ocean water.

AQWA is home to Australia’s largest underwater tunnel

Little ones will enjoy handling and petting creatures like starfish at AQWA Marmion Marine Park’s Touch Pool and taking a close peek at the occupants of Stingray Bay. Those with extra time and cash to spare can sign up for the interactive Reefwalker tour, and wade among the corals or snorkel with nurse sharks in the Shipwreck Coast aquarium.

For packages and more information, visit aqwa.com.au opens in new window