Top Trail:  Shark Bay World Heritage Drive


This self-drive trail takes in all the significant features that give Shark Bay its World Heritage Listing. Unique features include the largest sea grass beds in the world - providing food for the dugong (sea cow), the tiny cockleshells of Shell Beach, the stromatolites of Hamelin Bay and the dolphins at Monkey Mia.

About the Trail

Shark Bay is the most western point of the coast of Australia and is made up of two peninsulas jutting out into the Indian Ocean.

The 160 kilometre trail runs between the Overlander Roadhouse to Monkey Mia which is home to a pod of dolphins that freely interact with visitors. Interpretive signage exists at the sites along the drive that relate to the World Heritage listing.Visit the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre for information on the trail, whales, manta rays, turtles, sharks, fish species, walk trails and the World Heritage features throughout the Shark Bay area.

Specific interests of the drive include the stories of the early Dutch, French and English explorers of the area, the endangered species reintroduced with Project Eden, the views of Eagle Bluff and Shell Beach and the beautiful Ocean Park, Nanga Bay, Hamelin Bay and Peron Peninsula.

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