Whales, Pirates, Slime, Sleepovers and more –

It’s all coming soon at AQWA!

Whale Watching: season starts August 26

The whales are here! Western Australia’s humpback whale population has begun its annual migration south and will be passing by Perth by late August! AQWA partners with two of Perth’s premiere charter companies to host a unique whale watching experience right out of Hillarys Boat Harbour.

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Talk Like a Pirate Day – September 19

Aaaargh mateys! Visit AQWA on September 19 for some sea shanty shenanigans and a treasure trove of fun for Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Our resident pirate Captain Boots will be providing free entertainment for your little lads n’ lassies and all buccaneers who visit on the day will be able to plunder an AQWA Pirate Patch to take home!

Slime Time: September 20 – October 31

Slime Time is coming soon to AQWA! Discover the secrets of sea creature slime and all the fascinating ways they use it! Plus enjoy a splattering of fun and free slime activities, including our sensory “hagfish” slime station, make your own take-home slime crafts, educational slime lecture and more!

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Shark Sleepover for Slime Time: September 28

We’re hosting a special Slime Time edition of our Shark Sleepovers this school holidays! Join us on Thursday September 28 and experience the excitement of sleeping under the sea! Discover more about our amazing marine animals with a night of exclusive tours and activities designed to educate and enthrall, for children aged 7-12 years. Buy online then call us to book your spot in our Slime Time sleepover.

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AQWA By Night Presents – Mistletoe & Margaritas!

AQWA By Night is hosting its inaugural Christmas event! Book a table of 10 friends, or celebrate with your work colleagues for our Mistletoe & Margaritas Christmas Party. EARLY BIRD OFFER: Book your table by the 31st of August and receive 10% off!

Cost is $140 per person and includes: Pre-dinner drinks as you experience AQWA’s exhibits by night; 3 course set menu with 3 hour included beverage package (additional drinks available for purchase thereafter); DJ and door prizes to be won.

Terms and Conditions:
– Event is Adults Only 18+
– Full table of 10 must be booked, no partial table sales
– Full table payment must be made at time of booking, no partial payments.
– No access to AQWA’s outdoor exhibits

Book Now: functions@aqwa.com.au | 9203 6622

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July is Shark Month at AQWA!

Meet the Next Generation of AQWA Sharks all July!

Visit AQWA in July for Shark Month and meet the next generation of sharks! AQWA has just welcomed 7 new juvenile sharks to their shark squad, including two species never before seen at the aquarium. In July AQWA will be showcasing each shark’s quickly talents and unique features with in-depth species profiles. Throughout Shark Month visitors will also get to take a bite out of free shark themed kids crafts and story-time; new shark documentaries in the theatrette; and bonus Ocean Guide talks every day.

Shark Awareness Day – SHARKaeologist Activity

Friday 14 July | Session One: 11am & Session Two: 1pm | Included in standard AQWA entry

On International Shark Awareness Day July 14, kids can dig for shark teeth in AQWA’s special SHARKaeologist activity. After digging out and dusting off their tooth, kids will then use an ID chart to discover which shark species their tooth belongs to. Plus whatever they unearth, they get to keep! Standard AQWA entry price applies, no additional costs do join in this activity!

Shark Sleepover – Kids Only! (7-12)

Friday 14 July – Saturday 15 July | 6pm – 8am (overnight) | Tickets $125 per child

Experience the excitement of sleeping under the sea with AQWA Shark Sleepovers! We’re hosting a special public sleepover for Shark Month on Friday July 14, Shark Awareness Day! During your sleepover you’ll discover more about our amazing marine animals with a night of exclusive tours, activities and a camp-out in Australia’s largest single aquarium surrounded by sharks! Shark Sleepovers are exclusively for kids aged 7-12 and our Shark Month edition will be packed with extra shark-themed fun! Bookings are essential, so once you have your ticket call AQWA to secure your spot! For more information and to buy your ticket see below:

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Beer, Bites and Shark Encounters – Adults Only! (18+)

Saturday 15 July | 7.30pm – 9.30pm | Tickets $15 per adult

AQWA by Night presents: Beer, Bites and Shark Encounters – an exclusive evening with abalone diver and ‘Dancing with Sharks’ author Gyula Plaganyi. Hear firsthand of encounters with great whites, discover insights into shark behaviour learned from years of diving and gain invaluable survival advice from the enigmatic Gyula – one of WA’s last abalone divers to operate without a shark cage. Plus just by joining us on the night, you’ll go in the running to win a Dive or Snorkel with Sharks at AQWA!

Ticket includes:

  • Drink upon arrival
  • Exclusive after hours access to explore AQWA’s indoor exhibits (with drink in hand)
  • Street box of Fish and Chips  *Dietary/allergy requirements can be catered for.
  • Exclusive talk from guest speaker Gyula Plaganyi
  • Q&A time
  • Meet and greet with Gyula Plaganyi
  • Chance to WIN a Dive or Snorkel with Sharks at AQWA valued at $195!

Please note: Doors open 7.30pm, last admittance 8pm. Additional drinks will be available for purchase during the night. For more information and to buy your ticket, see below:

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Find Yourself at AQWA this May!

Discover our animals’ curious features and everyday antics as you explore our stunning exhibits this May! What one do you identify with the most? Can you find yourself at AQWA? And most importantly what do you look like with octopus tentacles for legs, lionfish fins for wings or pufferfish eyes?

From 5 May – 30 May pose with our Find Yourself signs located around AQWA and post a picture to Facebook or Instagram with the #discoverAQWA for your chance to win 1 of 20 double passes to AQWA!

To celebrate Find Yourself at AQWA we have added 3 unique offerings to help you discover AQWA (and yourself) in a whole new way!

  • Dine Beneath the Sea is an AQWA by night adults only event where you can discover the AQWA you loved as a child in a whole new way; with a 3 course gourmet meal and drinks in the Shipwreck Coast tunnel on May 20 and 27 – UPDATE: this event is now SOLD OUT.
  • For creatives, we are offering an AQWA art class called Creature Creations with resident artist Charlotte O’Shea. Join in this special workshop and create a mixed media marine themed masterpiece! This package includes AQWA entry, hot lunch, refreshments and the art workshop for just $69 per person. Please note this class is not suitable for children. Places limited, bookings essential.
  • For kids, we’ll have free arts and crafts on World Turtle Day May 23 to help them get more out of their visit and discover the world of turtles! World Turtle Day activities are included in your AQWA entry price, no extra costs apply.

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

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