Shark Bay Marine Park covers 150km of WA coastline around the town of Denham which is located 830km north of Perth. This area is World Heritage listed due to the variety of rare marine life inhabiting its waters. Such creatures include dugongs, manta rays, dolphins, turtles and whales. The region is also home to over 230 species of birds so if you’re an avid bird watcher this would be an ideal observation area.
is the seaside town centre of the Shark Bay region and offers many services and facilities to tourists. Set by a green grassy foreshore overlooking the clear blue water of Denham Sound, this is an ideal place to set up your base camp and explore the surrounding area of the marine and national parks.
Francois Peron National Park
is accessed via the Monkey Mia Road. Once a working sheep station, the Peron Heritage Precinct still has the old homestead and shearing sheds as well as an old artesian spa
where you can soak in the hot water. To venture past the homestead a four-wheel drive vehicle is required. The track leads to numerous points on the coast with beautiful views as well as the Big Lagoon.
is only 25km from Denham and is the place to visit if you want to see dolphins right at your fingertips (although no touching is allowed these days). These amazing creatures come in to the shallow water most mornings to be fed by staff and hand-picked tourists. The Monkey Mia Resort is right on the beach and a nice spot to relax with swimming, snorkeling, boating and camel rides on offer. Resort style accommodation and camping are both available. Keep an eye out for the friendly pelicans and emus roaming around the resort.
is a natural marine exhibition located 8km south of Denham and well worth a visit. The park features all sorts of marine life native to the local waters such as turtles, sea snakes, eels, crayfish, stonefish, stingrays, plenty of different fish and of course…sharks! Informative tours are given and make sure you stay for the shark feeding.
is a great viewing point along the coast for marine life in the shallow waters and bird life on the island. Take the boardwalk to the top and read the informative plaques along the way to learn more about the area and the wildlife in it.
is a gorgeous white beach made up of millions of tiny cockle shells discarded and washed ashore over many years. The tides have formed many ridges along the beach and the shells are estimated to be 5m deep and still piling up. The crystal blue water against the pure white shells makes for picturesque scenery.
The Shark Bay region is not only famous for its rare marine life and friendly dolphins, but also the fabulous fishing at Australia’s most westerly mainland point, known as Steep Point. Accessible by four-wheel drive only, the track comes off Shark Bay Road (the road to Denham) 41km in from North West Coastal Highway. Steep Point is 140km along the track and the last 25km is very soft sand, requiring tyres to be deflated to avoid bogging. Permits must be obtained by the ranger (ph:0899483993) and take note that the last fuel stop is at the Overlander Roadhouse 181km away on the highway or in the town of Denham. The fishing is said to be some of the best in the country. Hauling a big Trevally, Mackerel or the like up the steep cliffs is a great achievement and suitable fishing gear is required. Boats can also be launched close by at Shelter Bay and South Passage. We suggest doing some detailed research before going fishing at Steep Point. Facilities are very limited and only pit toilets are provided. Ensure you have enough supplies to last the duration of your stay.
Shark Bay is a relaxing holiday destination where you can unwind and enjoy the beaches and the sun as well as nature…and a big fish wouldn’t go astray either!
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Destinations in Western Australia
Cape Le Grand
Cape Range National Park
Eighty Mile Beach
Fitzgerald River National Park
Gibb River Road
Kalbarri National Park
Kennedy Range National Park
Porongurup National Park
Port Denison Dongara
Torndirrup National Park
Wellington National Park
William Bay National Park
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