When to visit

AQWA is open daily from 10am-5pm.

Schools and families generally visit in the morning, making the afternoon the best time to come for a quieter, more relaxed experience.

AQWA is busiest in summer and during school holiday periods – so if you are a local, consider visiting during May, June or September when there is a more relaxed vibe, but still a little bit of a crowd.

Deals and Special Offers:

AQWA is proud to offer the lowest entry prices of any capital city aquarium in Australia.

For further savings you can purchase an AQWA Ocean Pass – enabling you to save over 30% on your second and third visit and receive a fourth visit for free!

Studying? Show your student card to receive our concession entry price.

Especially for you:


The scan code feature of our AQWA app enables you to bring our exhibit signs alive and reveal additional content including videos.

You can also check in on Facebook and tag AQWA on Instagram. Our official user name is @discoverAQWA and hashtag is #discoverAQWA

Not a museum – AQWA is dedicated to generating wonder and excitement for marine life, so think of weird and wild facts as well as great trivia to stun your mates.

Visiting between October-April? Look out for our Adventure activities where you can learn to dive or snorkel in our new Adventure Bay interaction aquarium. You can book in or simply choose to jump in on the day*, so if the weather looks good why not pack your bathers too! *places limited.

Challenge accepted… snorkel or dive with sharks! Those aged 15+ can swim with the sharks at AQWA. Bookings are essential, so plan ahead.


Free WiFi in the AQWA Café .

Finish your visit with a coffee fix or relax on the outdoor terrace of our licenced Café, overlooking the harbour as you enjoy a beer or wine with your meal.

Hint: Our Café offers a daily special served with a side of chips or salad and a choice of beer or wine for only $19.95. Check out the specials at the counter!


AQWA’s hidden gems are the jellyfish displays – kick back and enjoy this living lava lamp.

DANGERzone – uncover the deadly potential of our marine life as you roam through a line-up of creatures that can sting, stab or bite to immobilise or even kill! If you’ve got some time up your sleeve, also check out the Theatrette within the DANGERzone. It plays a seasonal short-length documentary.

Shipwreck Coast and Discovery Pool exhibits – Relive your childhood memories! Ride the conveyor belt through the underwater tunnel while sharks and stingrays sweep overhead- it’s still the largest single aquarium in Australia! Then touch a starfish and more in the Discovery Pool.

After your visit

Follow us on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram at /discoverAQWA

Start planning your next visit – venturing into the “fish side” of our exhibits with one of our AQWA Adventures:

Discover AQWA Adventures Here