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About 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.
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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Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Up to 5 days
What To Pack
Group D (Drive trails) required.
What To Pack
Group D (Drive trails)
- Research your trip well in advance. Good preparation is essential as distances in Western Australia are huge and facilities are limited. Visit the website associated with each drive trail for in-depth travel information.
- Carry maps, spare parts, a first aid kit and plenty of food and water to last your journey
- Visit the ‘Travelling in Outback Western Australia’ website for information regarding travelling in the Outback. Permits may need to be arranged in advance to enter into some areas which are on private property.
FacilitiesCamping in the Shire of Shark Bay is restricted and designated to four areas and allowed overnight only. Permission must be obtained from the Visitor Centre
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- All accessible toilet facilities
- Visitor Information Centre
National Park fees apply
Air or bus to Monkey Mia. Drive to Overlander Roadhouse. Suitable for 2WD vehicles
Prohibited ItemsNo pets in National Park areas
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Shell BeachMade entirely of tiny white cockle shells, Shell Beach is one of natures marvels.
Monkey MiaMonkey Mia is home to a pod of friendly dolphins
Denham sunsetDenham is an attractive little town offering basic shopping, fuel and access to the beach and a boat ramp
StromatolitesHamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve is one of only two places in the world with living marine stromatolites, or ‘living fossils’.
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