Wulyibidi Yaninyina Trail, Monkey Mia, Shark Bay
After viewing the dolphins at Monkey Mia, there is no need to leave immediately. This short 2 kilometre loop trail takes you through the dunes and tidal flats which attract and shelter a wide variety of birds.
About the Trail
Although this trail is only short, for nature lovers it is packed with attractions. The vibrant red dunes host a large variety of plants, many of them putting on great flowering displays in spring. The dune vegetation also shelters numerous birds including the rare thick-billed grasswren and the beautiful singing chiming wedgebill. On the top of a dune is a bird hide.
The tidal flats and beach are a haven for waterbirds including pelicans and ospreys. It's easy enough, however sandy sections may make it a bit more of an effort. The trail starts from the car park at the back of Monkey Mia Visitors Centre.
Need to Know
Wild dolphins have been visiting the shoreline at Monkey Mia virtually every day for over 40 years, making this spot in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area one of the best and most reliable places for dolphin interaction in the world. A 30 minute drive from Denham will bring you to Monkey Mia for a magical face-to-bottlenose encounter with these gentle creatures. And to get to Denham, you can take a two-hour flight from Perth, opt to do the day's drive from Perth, or join an extended guided tour. The story of the Monkey Mia dolphins begins in the early 1960s, when a pod of wild dolphins started making a regular appearance in the clear waters of the bay to interact with humans - delighting visitors with their intelligence, playfulness and grace. As the dolphins are wild, numbers and the time of their visits can vary from day to day, but they usually come to the shore several times a day and more frequently in the mornings. Today, the dolphin interactions are regulated by rangers, with a few lucky visitors selected to hand-feed the dolphins a small amount of fish. When the dolphins are fishing or playing off shore, drop into the Dolphin Information Centre and get to know your new-found friends a little better. Interpretive displays share insights into dolphin biology, behaviour, as well as the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. Venture beyond the beach and you'll discover a huge variety of animal and bird life nearby. One of the best ways to discover this unique environment is through the eyes of one of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth by joining an Indigenous cultural tour. A visitor fee is charged for entry to Monkey Mia Reserve. And if you choose to stay overnight at Monkey Mia and breakfast with the dolphins, you'll find a wide variety of accommodation options, facilities and activities. Some visitors opt to base themselves in nearby Denham, where the calm blue waters of the sweeping bay provide ideal conditions for swimming, fishing, boating and water skiing.