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Published September 17th 2015
Enjoy the wonder of the ocean, up close, from dry land
It doesn't seem to matter how old you are to have the awe and excitement of a child at AQWA- the Aquarium of Western Australia. My sister and I oohed and aahed our way around the aquarium as we delighted in the strange, diverse and intriguing creatures of the ocean.

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Spectacular underwater colour and wonder

Considering most people cannot get up close and personal with the amazing creatures of the ocean, the aquarium brings the wonder of the sea to us, without getting wet.

This was the vision of Morris Kahn, the founder of Coral World, which is the company that owns the Aquarium of Western Australia. Kahn sustained an injury while diving which subsequently made him consider what it would be like for people who could not experience the wonder of life under the sea. Kahn's family then began creating aquarium's all over the world.

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Spectacular colours of the Northern tropical waters

AQWA showcases the unique and diverse marine life of Western Australia's 12,000km of coastal waters.The Aquarium features 5 contrasting regions of WA's coast from the icy cold waters of the south to the tropical wonderland of the Far North's coral reefs.

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Leafy Seadragon

There is lots of rich and interesting information written around the aquarium if you want to read more about the creatures and regions on display. Or a handy tip for your visit, is to watch out for the staff in white or blue AQWA T-shirts. These "Aquaculturists" and "Aquarists" will tell you interesting and intriguing information about aquarium and the underwater world.

We found all the staff we engaged with were incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We had a richer and deeper adventure thanks to their fascinating explanations of the wonder and intrigue of the creatures and the functioning of the aquarium.

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Spectacular Jellyfish

The staff in blue are responsible for maintaining the environment and feeding the sea life, so they are a wealth of fascinating information. We followed one of them around and watched him feed leafy sea dragons, turtles and a range of other sea life. His knowledge was outstanding. We felt like he was a talking encyclopaedia as he spoke with passion and enthusiasm about a number of his "favourite" creatures.

I can understand why he had so many "favourites" because I too found that every 3-4 displays I exclaimed - "This is my favourite!'

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Fun for all ages

With such diverse exhibits from the Great South, the Shipwreck coast, Perth's coast, the Far North and Dangerzone, there are so many intriguing and spectacular creatures to admire at AQWA.

Dangerzone displays creatures that sting, stab and bite and we discovered you need to be very careful where you put your hands!

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Amazing sharks so close you could nearly touch them

I loved the Underwater gallery, which is a fantastic glass tunnel exhibit, where you feel like you are in the water as the sharks, stingrays, turtles and stunning fish swim around and over you. It was breathtaking watching the monstrous grey nurse sharks and enormous stingrays swim overhead.

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Huge grey nurse shark overhead

Apparently the staff at the aquarium get so attached to the creatures that they have given many of them names, like pets. The grey nurse sharks are affectionately named Doppy and Munchkin and the stingrays are named Morticia and Tabitha. Unusual pets to say the least!

AQWA offers a number of unique adventures from diving or snorkelling with sharks to reef walking within the coral reef exhibit. Kids will especially love the aquarium's touch pool where you can gently touch intriguing creatures like star fish and eels.

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The Aquarium's touch pool

The Aquarium of Western Australia is renown for it's unique ability to recreate complex marine environments that are organic and natural. They pride themselves on their ability to grow coral within the aquarium, which is a feat most aquariums cannot achieve, let alone excel at like AQWA.

Wandering around the Aquarium of Western Australia is a great way to wile away the hours with kids on a fun and educational outing. But this is not just for the kids! No matter how old you are, AQWA is a fascinating place to admire and learn about, the intriguing underwater world of WA's diverse coast.

Adult $30.00
Concession: Pensioner, student, healthcare card $22.00
Children aged 4 to 15 years $18.00
Children under 4 years Free
Family (2 adults and 2 children) $79.00
Discounts are available for multiple visits using the AQWA Ocean Pass

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Why? To enjoy the wonder of the ocean on dry land
When: Open daily from 10-4pm
Phone: 9447 7500
Where: Hillary's Boat Harbour
Cost: Children: 4-15yrs $18, Conc: $22, Adults: $30, Children under 4: Free Multiple entry and group discounts available
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That leafy sea dragon is gorgeous! Makes me realize I haven't been to an aquarium for ages.
by Kristin Ravelle (score: 2|304) 1895 days ago
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