From icy southern waters to tropical northern wonderlands, Western Australia’s 12,000km coastline is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. Up to 70% of the incredible marine species found here are endemic; meaning you won’t find them anywhere else in the world.
AQWA celebrates this uniqueness and takes you on an underwater journey to witness the iconic, the unusual and even the deadly as you explore WA’s diverse and extensive coastline. We only exhibit marine life that’s actually found here in our big, blue backyard!
Our exhibits have been crafted to replicate the beautiful native surroundings of each animal. AQWA is one of the very few aquariums worldwide that doesn’t use artificial corals in its exhibits; instead growing and displaying only living, local corals. The spectacular shapes and colours of each colony have been carefully cultivated by the very experienced team.
the wonderful world of coral
Encounter sharks, stingrays, turtles, crocodiles, 'Nemo' and so much more!
As you move through our more than 45 marine exhibits, you’ll explore Western Australia's distinct coastal zones and be immersed in stunning themed exhibits that represent our iconic sandy beaches, vibrant coral reefs, ancient archipelagos, remote mangroves and more!
Great Southern Coast
Descend into the icy waters of the Great Southern, where wind and waves from Antarctica shape isolated shores. Protected amongst the granite boulders are idyllic sheltered bays - here you'll find obscure and rare sea creatures life seadragons and pineapplefish!
Travel on our moving conveyor belt, through Australia’s largest single aquarium and underwater tunnel to discover giant sharks, stingrays, turtles and hundreds of shimmering temperate fish. Stretching from Lancelin to Kalbarri, the jagged red-rock cliffs and protruding limestone reefs of this region once sent many unprepared ships to their peril.!
Meet the charismatic creatures of the Perth Coast; like the gloomy octopus, western rock lobsters, blue devil, Australian cuttlefish and gobbleguts fish! The stunning white sandy beaches of our metropolitan coast flow into flat seafloors, vibrant seagrass beds, little islands and limestone reefs.
Far North Coast
From the tropical wonderland of corals reefs in Ningaloo to the muddy mangrove flats of Kununurra, the northern coast is as ancient as the Earth and remains an untouched beauty. Meet colourful characters like "Nemo", watch the flux of delicate soft corals and don't forget to smile at a baby crocodile as you explore the north.
Coral Reef Exhibit
The jewel in AQWA's crown is the Coral Reef, one of the world's largest living coral exhibits. This bustling underwater city features the many reef-building native corals of Rottnest Island and Perth, amid intricate limestone structures. Sit back in comfortable seating and enjoy the kaleidoscope of life and colour.
Danger Zone Exhibit
Face a deadly lineup of marine creatures that can sting, stab, punch and bite 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.
Glowing Ocean Exhibit
AQWA's newest feature exhibit is a celebration of light and colour! Our immersive UV lighting delivers a patchwork quilt of glowing corals and highlights the otherwise invisible fluorescent details of reef fish and anemones.
Turtle Rescue Pool
The Turtle Pool is funded by the AQWA Foundation to rehabilitate and release sick and injured sea turtles. You can meet and feed our rescue turtles and learn about the rehabilitation process with a Behind the Scenes Pass or during the Marine Scientist For A Day school holiday program!