Shark Bay Marine Park

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Project Description

There’s nowhere else like it on Earth.

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Clear waters, abundant life

The many bays, inlets and islands in the Shark Bay region support a profusion of aquatic life – turtles, dolphins, whales, dugong, prawns, scallops and vast arrays of fish.

Communities of corals, sponges and other invertebrates, together with a unique mix of tropical and temperate fish species, have also formed in some areas. The wide intertidal flats on the shores of Shark Bay support a unique community of burrowing molluscs, hermit crabs and other invertebrates.

But the very foundation of Shark Bay’s ecosystem is the seagrass – endless meadows of it! In fact, Shark Bay has the largest area of seagrass and the largest number of species ever recorded in one place in the world.

Whereas there is only one species of seagrass in most of North America and Europe, in Shark Bay there are 12 species, and, in some places in the Bay, nine can be identified in a single square metre. This makes the marine park an important part of the wider Shark Bay World Heritage Area.

The marine habitats of Shark Bay Marine Park offer many shallow, but highly recommended, diving and snorkelling sites. Don’t miss Monkey Rock and the wreck of the Gudrun, rated by the Western Australian Maritime Museum as one of the State’s best wreck dives.

Fish species in the area include estuary cod, many species of brightly coloured wrasse such as cleaner fish and green moon wrasse, scissortail sergeant, lined butterfly fish, varieties of surgeonfish and stunning angelfish.

RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

On a unique section of World Heritage coastline overlooking the famous dolphin beach. We have a wide variety of accommodation styles and facilities. Relaxed atmosphere to delight those with a love of nature. Huge variety of mammal and bird life, native flora and fauna such as the Dugong. Many wild creatures frequently seen near the resort.

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Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

Shark Bay Caravan Park

We offer good comfortable budget holiday accommodation at very affordable prices. We have a range of campsites, cabins, cottages and chalet accommodations to suit every holiday maker.

Dirk Hartog Island

Embracing the dramatic beauty of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, the Eco Lodge is a rustic retreat where guests can ‘Escape and Discover’.

The 6 guests rooms and private villa blend simple elegance with luxury and comfort, offering stunning ocean views. The Eco Lodge is a destination in which to relax and reconnect with yourself, family and environment.

Alternatively, get a group together for a 4WD camping escape. The island is limited to 10 4WD vehicles at any one time. So get a group of 10 vehicles (20 people) and have the entire island to yourselves.

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Dirk Hartog Eco Lodge

Denham Seaside Caravan Park

Fabulous beach front location. Spectacular ocean views. Walking distance to boat ramps, beaches, restaurants, shops and hotels. Free Wifi hotspot at reception. Large powered sites. Free gas BBQ’s located throughout the park, big camp kitchen. Only 15 minute drive to see the famous dolphins.

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Hamelin Pool Caravan Park

The Hamelin Pool Caravan Park is located in the Shark Bay World Heritage area, and includes self-contained accommodation. Take a guided tour of the Old Telegraph Station, discover the stromatolites, relax at the tea room with a meal or a drink, enjoy the beautiful sunset and stay overnight in our comfortable self contained units.Take a guided tour of the Old Telegraph Station, discover the stromatolites, relax at the tea room with a meal or a drink, enjoy the beautiful sunset and stay overnight at the Hamelin Pool Caravan Park… an unforgettable experience.

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Shark Bay Hotel

We strive on delivering friendly and efficient service.  You will enjoy chatting with the many characters of Shark Bay who entertain us and our visitors with their stories.  You can spend even more time at the hotel by staying in one of our 11 motel rooms which are designed to give you a comfortable sleep without breaking your budget.

Wildsights Villas

50 metres from the beach…. is a collection of private, cavity brick and tiled roof villas that are bright, spacious, cheery, fully self contained and only 15 minutes drive from Monkey Mia.

Walk across the street for a swim. Breathe the fresh sea air and enjoy a sundowner with your front row seat of glorious sunsets.

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Monkey Mia Wildsights

Heritage Resort

Our Shark Bay resort accommodation offers exceptional value to discerning travellers. All resort facilities are first class. Recreation and dining services are without peer. As part of the World Heritage Listed Shark Bay area you can be assured of a warm welcome and personalised hospitality.

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Heritage Resort

Tradewinds Seafront Apartments

Located beside the ocean in Shark Bay, Tradewinds Seafront Apartments offer self-contained waterfront holiday apartments and is the ideal accommodation for your visit to Denham and the famous Monkey Mia dolphins.

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Tradewinds Seafront Apartments

Oceanside Village

Your perfect beachfront location!
Oceanside Village offers modern 1 & 2 bedroom self contained free standing 3½ *rated villas at excellent prices.  Free in-room WiFi & Foxtel, ample boat / trailer parking, swimming pool, guest laundry and BBQ area.
Just a short drive to the Monkey Mia dolphin beach, the gateway to Francois Peron National Park and Dirk Hartog Island.
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Shark Bay Boat Hire

Hire-and-drive boat hire in Shark Bay. Provided ready to run, perfect for you to explore  Shark Bay’s awesome sea scapes, isolated bays and prolific sealife.

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Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery & Visitor Centre

Showcasing internationally inspired collections with today’s interactive technology, the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre is a ‘must see’ on any travellers itinerary. Its a self guided tour and your entry fee includes  a multi  day pass so if you don’t manage to get through all the displays you can return again to continue your Shark Bay journey (just keep your receipt)

Here you can discover the ‘real’ Shark Bay, full of natural wonders, world heritage, adventure and historic treasures of Dutch, English and French explorers from as early as 1616.

Shark Bay Aviation

Scenic flights of Shark Bay and surrounding areas, day trips to outstanding destinations, plus general air charters to your choice of destinations.

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4WD Self Drive Hire – Wicked Campers

$299 **24 hour** rental 5 seater 4WD & Rooftop Tent!

Francois Peron National Park is an untouched coastal wonderland where red sand cliffs meet pure white sandy beaches and azure blue water.  With numerous crystal clear lagoons, abundant sea life, emus and kangaroos is a real 4WD Adventure!

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4WD – Ocean Park


Join us for a adventure and excitement in Shark Bay and is a mecca for nature lovers around the world.

The region is an excellent four wheel driving area, with red sand dunes covered by acacia and surrounded,  by the beautiful waters of the Shark Bay World Heritage area.   Dramatic cliffs and white sandy beaches complete the picturesque natural landscape.

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Shark Bay Car Hire

Whether you are traveling for Business or for Pleasure Shark Bay Car Hire has you covered with a range of vehicles to suit your needs!

With Rex Airlines now flying into Monkey Mia airport making it more accessible and affordable than ever to visit this magical part of the world we can help give you the freedom your need to explore at your leisure. We offer a professional friendly service and will go out of our way to help you get the most out of your time here.

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Shark Bay Coastal Tours

Shark Bay Coastal Tours is a family-owned tour company offering unique 4-wheel drive adventures in the Shark Bay and Denham region.

Half and full day charters depart from either Denham or Monkey Mia and offer you the chance to learn about local culture, explore amazing remote beaches and walk through awe-inspiring World Heritage and National Park areas.

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Ocean Park Aquarium

The Ocean Park Aquarium near Denham is an exciting ecotourism venture that gives visitors the opportunity to see and learn about the wonders of the marine environment. Opened in July 2000, Ocean Park is now a popular tourism attraction as well as a recognised conservation and marine research facility.

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Shotover Sailing Cruises

Sail one of the world’s most important animal behavioural research sites. Year round there are friendly dolphins, shy green turtles and huge loggerhead turtles. The warmer months bring in herds of dugong, tiger and hammerhead sharks, sea-snakes, stingrays, schools of bait fish, tuna and mackerel, flying and skipping fish, and internationally migrating birds.

Monkey Mia Cruises

Join a cruise aboard the awesome 18 metre sailing catamaran Aristocat 2 and watch dolphins and dugongs and marine life in the wild at Monkey Mia. The only boat licensed by Department Parks and Wildlife to enter the Restricted Mammal Interaction Zone.

Kayak & Snorkel – Wula Guda Nyinda Eco Adventures

Wula Guda Nyinda Eco Adventures operates a Didgeridoo Dreaming night tour, kayaking and snorkelling tours, and 4WD adventures  tours designed like no other to explore the cultural ties of the local Nhanda and Malgana Aboriginal people to Gutharraguda (local Aboriginal name for Shark Bay meaning ‘Two Waters’).

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