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Denham  Western Australia

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Denham, once a pearling port, is the most westerly town in Australia. It's now better known for its prawns, oysters and fishing. The Shark Bay tourist information centre can be found here and has a large amount of information on this World Heritage listed area. In town you'll also find some interesting shell-covered buildings, collected from the surrounding district.

Shark Bay is reknowned for the wild dolphins that come to shore at Monkey Mia, 26 kms north-east of Denham. The area also protects dugongs, humpback whales, loggerhead turtles, green turtles and an important dugong sea-grass feeding area.

There are other fascinating natural phenomenon in the area - like the ancient blue-green algae fossil 'stromatolites' at Hamelin Pool and the 110 km long Shell Beach, made up entirely of tiny shells. The Shark Bay area is a haven for nature lovers and is found about 800 km north of Perth.

Things to do

  • Shark Bay Tourist Centre - at 71 Knight Tce, for cruises, flights and information
  • Cruises - to see dugongs, turtles and dolphins. Check at
  • Pioneer Park - where there is a stone on which Captain Denham (the town's namesake) carved his name in 1858. Hughes St.
  • Aquaria - aquatic wildlife park

    Attractions in surrounding area:

  • Monkey Mia - meet wild bottlenose dolphins who come into the shallow water to be hand-fed fish, 26 km north-east
  • Scenic flights - with Monkey Mia Air Charter. Flights over Zuytdorp Cliffs or around Shark Bay .
  • Dirk Hartog Island - charters and cruises to the island, fishing
  • Francois Peron National Park - has arid scenery, salt lakes and wilderness. Visit Peron's homestead and soak in the artesian 'hot tub'. Entry fee applies. 7 km north
  • Useless Loop - salt mining location
  • Eagle Bluff - home of sea eagles, 20 km south
  • Hamelin Pool - ancient fossil stromatolites, Flint Cliff Telegraph Station and Post Office (1894), 100 km south-east
  • Steep Point - 4WD only, for spectacular scenery and Zutydorp Cliffs, 260 km west

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