Aquarium of Western Australia

Aquarium in Perth

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Dividing WA's vast coastline into five distinct zones (Far North, Coral Coast, Shipwreck Coast, Perth and Great Southern), AQWA features a 98m underwater tunnel showcasing stingrays, turtles, fish and sharks. (The daring can snorkel or dive with the sharks with the aquarium's in-house dive master.) By public transport, take the Joondalup train to Warwick station and then transfer to bus 423. By car, take the Mitchell Fwy north and exit at Hepburn Ave.

Diving costs $159 with your own gear (to hire snorkel/dive gear add $20/40). Behind-the-scenes tours (per person $95) run at 11am Thursday and Saturday. Bookings are essential.