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AQUA - The Aquarium of Western Australia

This impressive aquarium boasts a wealth of fascinating marine life. Visitors can explore 12,000km (7,456 miles) of Western Australia's coastline in just a few hundred metres and then enter the Dangerzone, where they can safely see some of the deadliest and strangest marine creatures in the world. The main aquarium's 98m (328ft) glass tunnel is the largest in Australia. Sea creatures can even be touched at the interactive Discovery Pool. Dives and snorkels are held at 1300 and 1600 daily.

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AQUA - The Aquarium of Western Australia
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Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth's major gallery has a permanent collection of Australian and international art and one of the finest collections of Aboriginal art in the world. The gallery is also the venue for major national and international touring exhibitions. Free guided tours are conducted frequently - bookings are required.

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Art Gallery of Western Australia
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Bell Tower

Perth's postmodern and somewhat controversial Bell Tower is located at the foot of Barrack Street, on the Swan River Foreshore. Home to the Swan Bells, the 80m (260ft) tower houses the 18 historic bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields - a gift to Perth from the City of London for the Australian Bicentenary in 1988. For panoramic views, visitors can ascend the tower via steps. The surrounding development contains shops, restaurants, cafes, a pub, a tourist information centre, cruise boat offices and docks.

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Bell Tower
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Rottnest Island

In spite of a name that is Dutch for 'rat's nest', this island is an idyllic 10km (6-mile) stretch of sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, lying approximately 20km (12 miles) west of Fremantle. The 'rats' in question are actually quokkas - cute, small, harmless marsupials that are nonetheless incorrigible picnic crashers (feeding them is forbidden). Swimming, snorkelling, windsurfing, skindiving, sunbathing and fishing are all enjoyed on the island. Birdwatching is an especially fruitful pastime on Rottnest, with cormorants, reef heron, whimbrels, swans and ospreys among the species populating the isle's various habitats.

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Rottnest Island
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