The Shark Bay World Heritage Area covers over 2.2 million hectares on the Western Australian coast. The park was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1991, in recognition of its unique marine life, including the stromatolites which provide evidence of early life on our planet. The extensive seagrass meadows found in the park play home to numerous endangered and threatened species. Another world renowned special attraction of the park is Monkey Mia, where a group of wild bottlenose dolphins have been coming ashore to the beach for more than 40 years.
Sunrise to sunset - there is no set opening or closing hours for the park.
There are no fees to enter the Shark Bay World Heritage area.
Getting to Shark Bay by train is not possible.
Shark Bay is located 800 kilometres north of the capital city of Western Australia, Perth. A sealed road links Shark Bay to the North West Coastal Highway further inland. Denham and Monkey Mia, the main tourist centres, are easily accessed by sealed road. Many sites and the main towns are accessible by 2WD vehicles, however in more isolated areas of the park and at Steep Point and Dirk Hartog Island a 4WD vehicle is required.
Greyhound buses stop off at both Denham and Monkey Mia several days a week. Many tour groups that leave from Perth and travel up the west coast also stop at Shark Bay on their way further north.
No scheduled boat services operate to Shark Bay, however once you arrive at the park travelling by boat is popular.
Skywest Airlines has flights from Perth and Geraldton several times a week to the regional airport at Monkey Mia. There are also less regular flights from Carnarvon. The airport is a ten minute drive from both Denham and Monkey Mia.
Most of the accommodation options are in the towns of Denham and Monkey Mia.
There are several caravan parks at Denham, as well as further afield at Nanga Bay and Monkey Mia Resorts, and at Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station.
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