Shark Bay, Western Australia
Sunset over Shark Bay

Attractions

THINGS TO DO IN SHARK BAY

  • Spend a day exploring the seaside town of Denham.  Take a stroll along the waterfront and explore the historic shell block buildings.  Visit the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre to gain a full appreciation of the reason for Shark Bay’s World Heritage listing.
  • Take a scenic flight with Shark Bay Aviation.  Flights start at 25 minutes to a full day. A scenic flight is an excellent way to get a full appreciation of the size and beauty of Shark Bay.  The patterns of seagrass and the contrast of the red sand dunes with the turquoise ocean are visual feasts.
  • Get an early start and head to Monkey Mia to see the world famous dolphins.  Feeding occurs in the morning from around 8:00am and it’s best to arrive before 7:45am for the Ranger briefing.
  • Have lunch at the Monkey Mia Resort followed by either a boat cruise, aboard Aristocat 2 or Shotover to spot some local marine life, a cultural tour with a Malgana Guide or walk amongst the dunes on the 2km Wulyibidi Yaninyina Trail.
  • 10km from Denham is the Ocean Park Aquarium where there is a unique range of marine creatures cared for by marine biologists.  The shark feeding is a highlight.
  • Walk the boardwalk perched on the cliff top at Eagle Bluff where you get a birds eye view of the waters below.  Watch for marine life that passes by including Sharks, Dugongs, Rays, and Turtles
  • Little Lagoon is 3kms past Denham and is perfect for a long walk, bbq or swim.
  • Looking to experience something new, see something you’ve never seen or reel in a big catch, call Mac Attack Fishing Charters who offer fantastic fishing tours and marine wildlife cruises.
  • A Day trip by boat to Dirk Hartog Island is a great way to see the island if you don’t have a 4WD.
  • In the Francois Peron National Park walk around the historic Peron Homestead Precinct and then have a soak in the hot tub. The water is sourced from the hot artesian waters that once supplied water to livestock on the former Peron Station.
  • Take a boat charter into the Shark Bay Marine Park with one of the several charter companies operating out of Denham and Monkey Mia.  Full or half day tours are on offer and some boats offer fishing, snorkelling and seasonal whale watching during the winter months.
  • Visit the stromatolites at Hamelin Pool; approximately 20 minutes drive in from the highway.  A short boardwalk out over the stromatolites gives great views of these ancient organisms.
  • Shell Beach has an amazing natural accumulation of shells which have formed a brilliant white shell beach.  Take a stroll or a dip in the extra salty water where you will be extremely buoyant.
  • Shark Bay is an ideal place for Kite Surfing. With shallow waters and consitent winds, people come from all over the world to kite in Shark Bay. 

 

If you have a 4WD

  • You can easily spend several days in Francois Peron National Park camping, fishing and exploring beaches. Have a BBQ or Camp at Bottle Bay or one of the other campsites nearby and try a spot of fishing for Whiting or Tailor.  Head a few kilometres further north to Cape Peron, the tip of the peninsula where two nutrient rich currents meet, attracting a plethora of wildlife.  Close by viewing platforms at Skipjack Point provide great views of local marine life.  Further south in the park is Big Lagoon, a spectacular estuary that can be explored by kayak, canoe or boat. Herald Bight is also a magic place to visit with crystal blue water and sandy beaches and lots of marine life.
  • If you don't have a 4WD there are a number of 4WD Tour Operators and Hire options in Denham. 

 

Distances from Denham Seaside

  • 27kms to Monkey Mia
  • 11.5kms to Ocean Park Aquarium
  • 24kms to Eagle Bluff
  • 46kms to Shell Beach
  • 56km to Cape Peron
  • 89kms to Useless Loop turnoff - 41kms to Tamala Station - 94kms to Steep Point
  • 107kms to Hamelin Pool stromatolites
  • 130kms to Overlander Roadhouse