Natural Wonders of Shark Bay
Come and visit Australia’s largest bay! Here you will find over 1,000 kilometers of pristine beaches and calm blue waters just waiting to be explored. Located just about 9 hours north of Perth or just a 2 hour flight to Monkey Mia this spot is perfect for a WA wilderness adventure. The claim of fame for Shark Bay would most certainly be its unique collection of flora and fauna, with many new and endangered species residing here. This was actually the first place in WA to land on UNESCO world heritage site list in 1991 for this very reason.
Francois Peron National Park
This national park is best known for its stunning red cliffs, white sand beaches, and vibrant blue waters. The contrast of colors here will have your sense reeling for days. The park is essentially a playground for the 4wd enthusiast and you can spend your days exploring over land and in the water. Hop in a canoe kayak, or SUP and paddle around in the stunning water. Take a dip and don’t forget your mask and snorkel so you can spot all the amazing marine life in the area, cast out a rod, go for a bush walk or simply relax on the beach and take it all in. If you don’t have a 4WD do not fear there are frequent tours of the park that will take you to all the best places!
Monkey Mia Reserve
Next stop on the list is the protected nature reserve of Monkey Mia which is about a 16 minute drive from the main hub of Denham. The main attraction here is a local group of little mammals that attract a lot of attention. The Monkey Mia dolphins have a daily ritual of swimming up to shore and checking out all the humans who have come to see them for the day. If you are lucky you might even get to participate in a daily feeding experience put on by the reserve. There is a small entry fee to be paid to enter the reserve but it is well worth the money and all the funds go towards protecting the local dolphin population.
Hamelin Pool Stromatolites
Next up on the list are the Hamelin Pool Stromatolites, located about an hour and half drive from the Monkey Mia nature reserve. This is a must see attraction for any nature or history buffs in the group. The stromatolites found here are actually the oldest and largest living fossils on earth and they play a significant role in the Earth’s evolutionary history.
Can you imagine a pristine white beach with calm blue waters that has absolutely no sand. At shell beach you will find just that! A beachcombers dream awaits as the entire beach here is made up of only shells. Come sift through and hunt for your favorite shell and snap the perfect photo while you are at it.
Under the Sea
With such a unique biodiversity in the area there is no shortage of marine animals to marvel at while here. A great starting place to explore the underwater world of Shark Bay would be a visit to the Ocean Park Aquarium and the Shark Bay World Heritage and Discovery Center. Here you can learn all about the animals that call this area home and where the best places are to spot them. From feeding wild dolphins at Monkey Mia to spotting dolphins, whales, rays, sea turtles, and much more you will not be disappointed. But one of the shining stars of the Shark Bay aquatic seen would undoubtedly be the dugong. With the world’s largest population of dugongs there are over 10,000 beautiful sea cows waiting to meet you here. This is due to the high concentration of 12 different species of seagrass which equates to an incredibly attractive meal for these marine mammals who can eat up to 40 kilograms of sea grass per day! If you are keen to see these guys up close and personal be sure to book in for one of the many boat tours offered in the area.