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Aquarium of Western Australia Hillarys

Where is it at?

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Aquarium of Western Australia
Hillarys Boat Harbour
91 Southside Drive
Hillarys
WA
6025
Tel: 8 9447 7500

Directions

Take the Mitchell Fwy. Exit West onto Hepburn Avenue. Follow Hepburn Ave. until it ends At the roundabout, take the second exit onto Southside Drive. Follow Southside Drive to the end and AQWA is on your left.

Where are we going today?

Let's have an adventure under the sea! But don't worry kids, you don't really have to go under water to explore all of the amazing marine life that live there! You just have to head to the Aquarium of Western Australia!

The Aquarium of Western Australia let's you explore the 12,000km of WA coastline, all in just a few hundred metres. You can get close to the icy waters of the southern ocean in the morning, and spend the afternoon with the tropical wonderland of the coral reefs of the north.

Get ready for an underwater journey where you can discover the incredible marine life of WA!

There are over 40 stunning exhibits including one of the largest living coral reef exhibits in the world and AQWA’s shipwreck coast: Australia’s largest aquarium.

Surround yourself with sharks, stingrays and turtles in Australia’s largest walk through aquarium. Pretty impressive!

Travel beneath 3 million litres of Indian Ocean water as you have a close encounter with 4 metre sharks, huge stingrays, turtles and hundreds of stunning fish.

Face a deadly line up of marine creatures that can sting, bite or wrap their prey with suckered arms to immobilise or even kill! The DANGERzone is an eye-opening exhibit of Western Australia’s most dangerous marine life and is not to be missed.

So if you love the ocean and all that call it home, why not head on over to this amazing attraction and see it all for yourself!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$30
  • Children$18 - $22
  • Free Under: 4 years.
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily

All year round

Teachers corner

They have great programs for kids, activity sheets, information for teachers, and fun follow up activities. A great day of learning outside of the classroom!.

I'm Hungry!

The cafe has hot drinks, meals and snacks perfect to keep those rumbling tummies filled ready for the next adventure!.

Healthy Eating!

There are healthy options in the cafe for you.

Any Top Tips?

If you have bucks to spare consider letting your kids do an Aqua Adventure, from $20. These include snorkelling with sharks, and ocean safaris to whale watch!.

Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff when you arrive about the accessibility of the aquarium.

Can I get one of those?

The aquarium of course has a gift shop where you can pick up some great educational items as well as gifts and souvenirs!.

More information

Allow a couple of hours to really see and learn about everything!.

What people are saying?

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    I went to AQWA for my sons third birthday last year with my wife and our son, obviously, and found they need a cheaper admission price, Back In nz @ Kelly Tarltons it was only 50.00 family pass, and we spent have the day there and there were 6 of us, but besides the price, my son enjoyed the interactive actions with the stingrays, and those blue mini sharks, need more turtles, sharks and other fish of interest, but all in all, was good, not great, but good.

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    lovely aquarium but as a local resident spoiled for me a bit since there are no annual passes. with an annual pass i would be in here often especially when am in hilarys just for a quick view of my favorite fish and a coffee at lovely cafe. as it is with cost i go in once every 18months because for cost i need to make an afternoon of it. please bring in an annual pass....aquapass just does not cut it. i also find the attitude of mgmt and staff here a bit aloof and not very friendly (though dive guide was nice)

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    This is not a huge aquarium along the lines of the London or Sydney ones. It is however very much geared towards tiny people. You can take toddler and pre schoolers here and they'll actually be able to participate, look through the magnifying glasses at tiny clown fish and sea horses or pet tiny sharks and rays in the touch pool. Each display has a little stool inset so smaller people can see the contents and there are tanks set up on the ground so little ones can easily see everything.

    The best bit, as everyone else says, is the walk through...Read More

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    We took our boys aged 6 and 8 to Aqua. Its the first time I have been. It cost nearly $80 for the four of us which I thought was a bit expensive as it only took about 90 minutes to go through the displays.

    However, the quality of the aquariums was excellent and especially the way they were organised to show the mainly reef marine environments around Western Australia. I learnt a lot, but it was difficult to stop the boys rushing at great speed from one exhibit to another.

    The highlight was the glass tunnel under the aquarium with huge sharks...Read More

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    It was really nice to see a lot of diverse fishes there.
    I really enjoyed being there. I will go there another time!
    Fish and chips was awesome too!

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by Teresha Aird

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This is not a huge aquarium along the lines of the London or Sydney ones. It is however very much geared towards tiny people. You can take toddler and pre schoolers here and they'll actually be able to participate, look through the magnifying glasses at tiny clown fish and sea horses or pet tiny sharks and rays in the touch pool. Each display has a little stool inset so smaller people can see the contents and there are tanks set up on the ground so little ones can easily see everything.

The best bit, as everyone else says, is the walk through with the sharks, huge rays and fish swimming above you. It's pretty full on and I couldn't do it first time around (had to work up to it). But for those that aren't so sissy it's great. (I love it now!).

Like all tourist attractions it's pricey but it's also good, especially for smaller children. If you intend to visit often get an annual visitor card. it's not an annual pass but the price decreases after your first visit and then your fourth visit that calendar year is free. Children under 4 are free anyway.

There are several toilets and baby/family rooms along with a nice cafe at the top with a bar and stunning views across the harbour and Indian Ocean.

by Jeremy Holton

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We took our boys aged 6 and 8 to Aqua. Its the first time I have been. It cost nearly $80 for the four of us which I thought was a bit expensive as it only took about 90 minutes to go through the displays.

However, the quality of the aquariums was excellent and especially the way they were organised to show the mainly reef marine environments around Western Australia. I learnt a lot, but it was difficult to stop the boys rushing at great speed from one exhibit to another.

The highlight was the glass tunnel under the aquarium with huge sharks and thousands of other sea creatures.

Well worthwhile visiting for both children and adults but to get full value you need time to read about the exhibits and with young children that may be difficult

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