Shark Bay Western Australia

Shark Bay is a nice place to visit in Western Australia.

On the coast of central Western Australia, this World Heritage area is mostly known for the dolphins of Monkey Mia.

But there is also the Shell Beach, the François Péron National Park, and the world famous stromatolites - the oldest of all life forms that still exists on Earth.
Road Sign, Shark Bay National Park, Western Australia, Australia
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Shark Bay Stromatolites

Soon after the entrance to the area on Useless Loop Road, there is a turnoff to Hamelin Pool. Many travellers miss it but it’s a biologists’ and geologists’ dream – there are the world-famous stromatolites – a sedimentary rock that contains the oldest known fossils of living organisms in the world and have taught us how old the life on the Earth really is. It is of course not impossible that there is some older evidence that we haven’t found, but thanks to the stromatolites we know that the bacterial life on the Earth started at least 3.5 billion years ago.

Stromatolites in Hamelin Pool, Shark Bay, Western Australia
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Eagle Bluff, Shell Beach and Birds of Shark Bay
Back on the Useless Loop Road, further west there is the turnoff to Denham-Hamelin Road which first goes past Shell Beach – a 60km long beach that instead of sand is covered in shells.

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Further north on the left hand side of the Denham-Hamelin Road is Eagle Bluff – a lookout point with good views over the water where you can see sharks swimming in the ocean – the place wasn't called Shark Bay for no reason. There are also about 240 species of birds in the area.

Eagle Bluff, Shark Bay, Western Australia, Australia, Pacific
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Denham and Monkey Mia
Further north you come to the township of Denham – the biggest place in the bay with some eateries and tourist information centres, and the Ocean Park – a small marine park where you can learn about marine ecosystem.

Places to stay in Denham include Comfort Resort, Heritage Resort and Oceanside Village Hotel.

Road to Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Western Australia, Australia, Pacific
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History of Shark Bay: François Péron National Park

North of Denham is the François Péron National Park – a 52,000 hectare national park with some beautiful cliffs and beaches, and the old Péron Homestead where you can learn a bit of the history of the area. This was a sheep station before the area was turned into a national park in 1990. There are hot springs where you can have a swim. The park is accessible by 4WD and there are three camping sites and one lookout point in the northern end of the peninsula.

Aerial of Salt Pans Near Denham, Monkey Mia National Park, Western Australia, Australia
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Shark Bay Australia: Monkey Mia WA
South of François Péron National Park is Monkey Mia – the smallest but most famous place in Shark Bay. Monkey Mia is hardly bigger than the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort that contains Monkey Mia Dolphin Lodge & Backpackers, Peron Cafe and Monkey Bar, and a caravan park. The beach behind the caravan park is beautiful, large pelicans walk around and bottlenose dolphins come close to the beach every day.

Monkey Mia, Shark Bay, Western Australia, Australia, Pacific
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Shark Bay Australia: Feeding Wild Dolphins
Once a day the bottlenose dolphins are fed by volunteers and you can join the feeding – don’t get your hopes up about getting a chance to have a go – the groups get large and the bottlenose dolphins are only fed a small part of their daily dietary needs to not to make them dependant on humans. But a few people, usually kids get to give the dolphins a fish each. Whether you get to feed them or not, it’s great having them swimming around you, they are curious animals and they check you out.

Bottle-Nosed Dolphin in Sea, Monkey Mia, Shark Bay Marine Park, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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Tours from Perth to Shark Bay Australia
If you are down in Perth and haven’t got your own transport, there are three day tours including Pinnacle Desert and Kalbarri, four day 4WD trips including sand boarding, four day tours including Exmouth in Ningaloo Reef, and five day tours including Pinnacles, Kalbarri and Ningaloo Reef.

And, you can stay at the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort mentioned above.

Outback Road, Monkey Mia National Park, Western Australia, Australia
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Here's a map of Shark Bay Australia, where I have tagged the places that I mentioned on this web page. You can click on the tags to see what places they are, and double-click anywhere on the map to zoom it in and see the places closer. Drag the map to move around, and if you want to see the satellite image with Google Earth, click on "Sat" in the top right hand corner.

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