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Shark Bay

Swim with dolphins, hike red desert sands and visit Australia’s most westerly point at this World Heritage Site, home to diverse marine species and living fossils.

Shark Bay’s extraordinary natural beauty encompasses hundreds of kilometres of coastline, limestone cliffs, white-sand beaches and desert landscapes. Home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna, it’s where you can see whales, dolphins, turtles and some of the oldest living fossils on the planet. Go on scenic drives and bushwalks and explore marine depths.

A good way to experience the bay’s scenic splendour is to take the World Heritage Drive, a 130-kilometre (81-mile) route that starts at Overlander Roadhouse. It passes numerous scenic attractions on its way to the town of Monkey Mia.  

Among the drive's most fascinating sights are the stromatolites at the Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve. These are rock-like structures built by microbes, similar to the first life forms on Earth. Stop by Shell Beach, a stretch of coast covered with millions of shells. 

At Monkey Mia, swim with the bottlenose dolphins. A small population also comes close to the shore on most days. Other wildlife in Shark Bay includes loggerhead turtles, manta rays and humpback whales.

Drive to the nearby town of Denham, Shark Bay’s main population hub. Go to the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre for exhibitions about the region's ecosystems and indigenous cultures.  

Explore Shark Bay’s waters on a boat trip, snorkelling or diving expedition. The bay features vast areas of seagrasss, including Wooramel Seagrass Bank, the largest known meadow of seagrass in the world. For more natural phenomena, head to Point Quobba to see mighty bursts of water spray from the blowholes.

Hike or go on a four-wheel drive through the red desert sands of Francois Peron National Park and stay overnight in a campsite at Big Lagoon or Bottle Bay. One of the bay’s most popular places to pitch a tent is Steep Point, mainland Australia’s westernmost tip.

Reach Shark Bay by flying into its regional airport, which connects with Perth. Alternatively, take the 10-hour drive from the state capital. Get around by car to experience as much of Shark Bay's stunning scenic diversity and wildlife as possible.


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Heritage Resort Shark Bay $126
Heritage Resort Shark Bay

Heritage Resort Shark Bay

73-75 Knight Terrace, Denham
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 123 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Situated near the bay, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Gordon Peters Park and Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre. Eagle Bluff and Ocean Park Aquarium are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort $64
    RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

    RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

    Monkey Mia Road, Monkey Mia
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 334 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      This Monkey Mia resort is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Monkey Mia Beach, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Francois Peron National Park and Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre. Ocean Park Aquarium is 21.6 mi (34.7 km) away.

      Tradewinds Seafront Apartments $114
      Tradewinds Seafront Apartments

      Tradewinds Seafront Apartments

      91 Knight Terrace, Denham
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 110 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre and Gordon Peters Park. Eagle Bluff and Ocean Park Aquarium are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Shark Bay Hotel $87
        Shark Bay Hotel

        Shark Bay Hotel

        43 Knight Tce, Denham
           
          3.1
          of 5, from 20 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated near the beach in Denham, this hotel is close to Gordon Peters Park, Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre and Eagle Bluff. Area attractions also include Ocean Park Aquarium and Francois Peron National Park.

          On the Deck @ Shark Bay
          On the Deck @ Shark Bay

          On the Deck @ Shark Bay

          6 Oxenham Chase, Shark Bay, Denham
             
            5.0
            of 5, from 2 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Situated near the beach in Denham, this bed & breakfast is in the same region as Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre, Eagle Bluff, and Ocean Park Aquarium. Regional attractions also include Francois Peron National Park and Monkey Mia Beach.

            Oceanside Village
            Oceanside Village

            Oceanside Village

            117 Knight Terrace, Denham
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 103 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Located in Denham, this beachfront vacation home is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre and Gordon Peters Park. Francois Peron National Park and Eagle Bluff are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              Wildsights Villas $107
              Wildsights Villas

              Wildsights Villas

              8 Durlacher Street, Denham
                 
                3.9
                of 5, from 19 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Situated near the beach, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of Gordon Peters Park and Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre. Eagle Bluff and Ocean Park Aquarium are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Dirk Hartog Island Eco Lodge
                Dirk Hartog Island Eco Lodge

                Dirk Hartog Island Eco Lodge

                62 Dirk Hartog Island Drive, Dirk Hartog Island
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  This lodge is in Dirk Hartog Island.

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