Pirates VS Mermaids

These April school holidays it’s Pirates vs. Mermaids at AQWA, so bring your little ocean explorers for some nautical nonsense and a magical adventure – they might just win a fantastic prize pack too!

AQWA’s new Adventure Bay area will come alive with interactive pirate shows with the rapscallion Captain Boots and magical underwater performances from the Perth Mermaids, every day from 13-17th April.

Captain Boots will kick off his show at 10.30am and encourage kids to join in his adventure storytelling. If they do, they will also score a balloon sword and become an honorary pirate!

The Perth Mermaids will meet their little fans at 10.30am and 12.30pm then mystify them with an underwater performance and interactions at 11am and 1pm. Watch out for the splash- zone, as these mischievous mermaids like to splosh and splash!

Throughout the whole holidays (April 8-23) there’s free pirate and mermaid themed crafts, like decorate a mermaid crown or bracelet and fashion your own pirate hat. Our Adventure Ocean Guides will also be on hand from 11am with bonus story-time sessions, bubble-blowing stations and more!

Plus, all little explorers that visit during school holidays will get to vote for their favourite ocean adventurer – pirate or mermaid – for their chance to win a treasure trove of goodies! The winner will receive their choice of pirate or mermaid themed prize pack full of toys and other loot.

For those seeking a totally unique experience, the school holidays is the perfect time to try one of AQWA’s new Adventure activities.
There’s a Shark Sleepover on April 13 to celebrate AQWA’s birthday and it’s going to be the coolest slumber party in town! Buy Shark Sleepover tickets at the website, then call AQWA and book to avoid disappointment, as places are limited.

It’s also the last chance this season for kids to jump into AQWA’s Adventure Bay aquarium and try diving (ages 12+), snorkelling, or swimming with a mermaid (ages 8+)!

To discover more about these activities see the full calendar of events:
April Calendar of Events

New Programs for Seniors!

If you’re searching for a unique outing, a challenge or the perfect location for a catch up, then explore the range of fresh options available for over 65’s at AQWA!

Just launched is a suite of new activities and packages designed to encourage seniors to explore, relax and discover something new at AQWA.

For a casual and great-value visit, you can grab some friends and make a day of it with the new Entry and Lunch Combo for $37 or Entry and Devonshire Tea for $30. For group bookings, you receive one free person for every 10 paying, and will enjoy reserved and decorated seating in AQWA’s Coral Café.

If you’re seeking something creative, AQWA’s Creature Creations classes with resident artist Charlotte O’Shea is the option for you. For $69 you’ll enjoy a 3 hour package that includes entry to AQWA, hot lunch, 1.5 hour mixed-media workshop and refreshments.

To discover the underwater world in depth, choose AQWA’s Lunch and Lecture series for $37. After a delicious hot lunch in the Café you’ll be lead into our Theatrette for a special lecture on Coral Reefs with AQWA’s Ocean.

For a great way to meet other seniors and enjoy a social afternoon, join AQWA’s Volunteers on their monthly Training Tour with their education coordinator for just $35. Every month a new marine theme is covered before the group enjoys coffee and cake, a chat and a quiz in AQWA’s Coral Café together. You might even find yourself signing up to become a volunteer!

If you’re a member of a games club or senior citizens group, then take advantage of a truly unique location for a catch up: AQWA’s Coral Reef. Now on offer is the ‘Battle Beneath the Sea’ and ‘Knit and Natter’ packages, both for just $32. Your group will bring their own game sets, knitting or crafts and will receive entry to AQWA, Devonshire Tea and reserved seating and tables in AQWA’s stunning coral reef exhibit. This special venue package is available weekdays after 2pm.

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Mermaid Magic Making a Splash

Dreams can come true every Tuesday at AQWA, where you have the chance to swim with a mermaid!

Mermaid Magic is an exciting, one of a kind adventure activity that is an extension of AQWA’s Snorkel Discovery program. Like in Snorkel Discovery, you’ll discover snorkelling and master the equipment, safety checks and basic skills.

Then, it’s time to test out your new tricks by swimming with a mermaid and schools of shimmering local fish in AQWA’s newest exhibit, Adventure Bay!

Mermaid Magic is available to good swimmers aged 8+ and no previous snorkelling experience is required. This Adventure activity is lead by a qualified Divemaster along with one of the Perth Mermaids (discover more about the Perth Mermaids here).


  • Full equipment hire
  • Snorkel instruction by one of AQWA’s PADI qualified Divemasters
  • Chance to swim with a mermaid! Discover basic mermaid swimming styles, like the mermaid kick and glide
  • Full program length 1 hour: At least 20 minutes in-water and up to 10 minutes of “free snorkelling time” with our Perth mermaid in Adventure Bay
  • Chance to have a chat and take a photo with a mermaid
  • Souvenir mermaid print, signed by your new mermaid friend!
  • Free entry to all of AQWA’s marine exhibits
  • *Please note participants will NOT wear a mermaid tail/mono-fin during this experience. Standard snorkel fins are used

For more information, vouchers and terms/conditions:
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Adventure Bay Launch Party!

On Thursday January 12 AQWA is premiering three new snorkelling and diving activities with a fun launch party at our recently opened Adventure Bay!

AQWA visitors can enjoy tonnes of free entertainment from 10.30am-2.30pm, including performances from local favourites the Perth Mermaids and Captain Boots the pirate, plus face painting, balloon twisting, bubble blowing station, photo booth and more.

On the day we will also be randomly selecting visitors* from the crowd to try the new adventures for free. So make sure you bring your bathers!

The Mayor of Joondalup Troy Pickard will kick off the festivities with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am. The in-water action will then begin with an underwater performance by the Perth Mermaids, followed by demonstrations of each of the new activities; Snorkel Discovery, Mermaid Magic and Treasure Hunter.

Snorkel Discovery is for ages 8+ and is perfect for those who want to snorkel in a safe and stunning environment.

Mermaid Magic is also a guided snorkelling experience for ages 8+. To add a touch of magic, the Perth Mermaids will make dreams come true and give little snorkelers the chance to swim with a mermaid!

For those who want to try SCUBA diving, there’s Treasure Hunter for ages 12+. This activity is an introduction to SCUBA diving for novices and also incorporates a fun underwater scavenger hunt.

Each of the new programs are designed to encourage people of all ages and abilities to jump in the water and discover snorkelling and diving. You don’t need to have any previous experience, you just have to be a competent swimmer.

For more information on the new Adventure programs, see:www.aqwa.com.au/adventures

Standard AQWA entry price applies. No additional costs to join in the festivities.

AQWA Opens New “Adventure Bay”

AQWA’s brand new exhibit and interaction zone “Adventure Bay” opens this Thursday, December 22!

Adventure Bay is an outdoor aquarium and activity hub, home to a toddler playground, amphitheatre, kiosk café and alfresco area overlooking the Hillarys Boat Harbour. The area has been redeveloped with value-adding interaction in mind and to take advantage of the sun-soaked seaside location.

The raised Adventure Bay aquarium will feature local marine life that will be introduced over the coming months, which can be viewed from a large front panel, a side portal and an overlooking platform.

AQWA General Manager John Lowe is thrilled with the design and functionality of the new area,
“There is nothing like this anywhere in Perth. This redeveloped area at AQWA is the perfect coastal setting for a wide range of activities,” he said.

Starting Boxing Day the aquarium will be the new playground for the Perth Mermaids, who will perform each day from Dec 26 – Jan 1, as well as each Monday until April for Mermaid Mondays. Their magical underwater shows delight children (and children at heart) and are included free with your AQWA entry.

Scuba Santa will also be plunging into Adventure Bay on Christmas Eve at 12noon. This event is a family favourite for Perth locals and is included in your AQWA entry, so bring the kids for an underwater present hunt with Santa and to check out the new aquarium.

Adventure Bay will soon play host to AQWA’s three new dive and snorkel Adventure programs and free children’s activities, as well as operate after hours as a unique function and event venue.

The Perth Mermaids this Summer at AQWA

Watch the Perth Mermaids performing an underwater spectacular in AQWA’s new Adventure Bay aquarium!

Visit for Mermaid Mondays every Monday until April for twice daily Meet & Greets and Underwater Performances, now at the new Adventure Bay activity hub and aquarium!

Meet & Greets are at 10.30am and 12.30pm followed by Underwater Performances at 11am and 1pm. 

OR catch one of the twice-daily surprise shows from Dec 26 – Jan 1.

The Perth Mermaids are a free event included with AQWA entry, no additional costs apply.

Summer Shark Sleepovers!

We have a magical surprise for our Shark Sleepover guests in January… You’ll be spending your morning with a mermaid!

As part of our Summer Shark Sleepovers, the Perth Mermaids are having a sleepover at AQWA too, which means you get to watch an exclusive performance and have a meet and greet with them when you wake up in the morning!

Click here for full Shark Sleepover details