coral under a UV light

In this comprehensive guide to Perth Aquarium, we highlight its must-see exhibits and all the essential information to plan your visit, and really make the most of your day.

Explore Australia’s largest aquarium, complete with 100m long underwater tunnel, deadly animals exhibit, local marine life, a touch pool (think along the lines of Finding Dory), and more!

The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA) is the ultimate destination for marine enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, young and old!

a family watching the large ocean exhibit at Perth Aquarium (AQWA) from the underwater viewing windows

Essential Information

Duration:

2-3 hours

Ticket Price:

Standard entry $19 for kids, $32 for adults. Annual passes and experience add-ons are available.

Opening times:

9-4 daily

Good to Know

  • Parking and Directions: Free parking is right outside the aquarium and all around Hillarys Boar Harbour. Follow signage for designated parking areas (it’s right at the end of the car park area) or use public transportation with bus stops within walking distance.
  • Café: Enjoy a range of refreshments and light meals at the on-site café at AQWA. Indulge in hot beverages, cold drinks, and delicious snacks with both inside and outside seating available.
  • Opening Hours: Plan Your Visit Perth Aquarium is open daily from 09:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Arrive early to maximize your time and avoid crowds.
  • Baby changing and optional buggy parking is available. For the teenies, it’s advisable to bring a wearable baby carrier so they can get a better look into the higher-up exhibits.
  • Disabled access: wheelchair ramps are present to the entrance (although pretty long and steep) and there is lift access to the underwater tunnel.
an alligator exhibit at Perth Aquarium. the alligator is showing its teeth and sitting on a rock

How to Make the Most of Perth Aquarium with Kids

There are a couple of spots that can be a little easy to miss if you’re trying to wrangle the kids, but they’re well worth looking out for. I actually missed both of these areas on my first visit so it’s easily done!

First, the play area next to the cafe. Head to the outside seating to the right as you’re looking at the cafe (not by the touch pool). The play area is tucked away but you’ll be glad you found it as it houses a large sandpit and an interactive drawing display

Second is the outdoor play area. Keep heading out past the underwater reef viewing area (one of the outside exhibits) to the end where all the boats are. Head down the stairs to a large wooden boat play area; small but fun!

Baby changing, buggy parking, play areas, and kid-friendly food at the cafe is all available at AWQA

the outside play area at Perth Aquarium showing the wooden play ship

Optional Extras (Experiences)

If you’re feeling like adding a little extra to your day there’s a ton of add-ons to choose from.

My favourite is the glass bottom boat because it’s budget-friendly and my kid loved it!

These are plenty for adults and kids though so check out the list below for a few of the options available (full list here).

Additional Tips for a Memorable Visit to Perth Aquarium

  • Plan your visit in advance to make the most of your time. Check the schedule for feeding sessions, talks, and interactive experiences to ensure you don’t miss out on any highlights.
  • Consider visiting during weekdays or non-peak hours to avoid crowds and have a more relaxed experience.
  • Stay updated with Perth Aquarium’s social media channels and website for any special events, promotions, or new exhibits.
  • Respect the marine life and follow the aquarium’s guidelines and rules. Remember, the well-being of the animals is of utmost importance.
the outside of the building of the Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA)

Perth Aquarium is a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts, families, and anyone fascinated by the wonders of the underwater world. 

From interactive encounters to behind-the-scenes tours, there is something for everyone at AQWA. So, plan your visit today and embark on a remarkable journey through the enchanting realms of Western Australia’s aquatic treasures.

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