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Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre

53 Knight Tce | Shark Bay area, Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6537, Australia
+61 8 9948 1590
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Excellent museum and home to the Dirk Hartog Pewter Plate

Throughly enjoyed the museum and felt it was not overpriced at all. I personally am a huge fan of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Josh S
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Great time

Well worth the visit with very interesting tours given by very informative guides. Very much up... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Showcasing internationally inspired collections with today's interactive technology, the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre is a 'must see' on any travellers itinerary. Here you can discover the 'real' Shark Bay, full of natural wonders, world heritage, adventure and historic treasures of Dutch, English and French explorers from as early as 1616. The Centre celebrates Shark Bay's bio-diversity of eco-systems and explores the area's World Heritage listing, natural landscape, bays, islands, lagoons, marine and terrestrial landforms and animals. Shark Bay is one of only 16 sites worldwide that satisfy all four criteria for World Heritage listing, boasts 10% of the world dugong population, and is home to dolphins, whales, manta rays, turtles, sharks, fish species and rare marsupials. The Centre utilises artefacts, specimens, models, Photo Galleries, illustrations, dioramas and electronic media to introduce visitors to all the major features of Shark Bay, Indigenous and European culture, maritime and pastoral history, the flora and fauna of the region and much more. Exhibits include some of the very interesting and colourful stories of the residents of Shark Bay; interviews with scientists and DPAW officers; a timeline dating back from 1616 to the present, displaying an old map that Captain Dirk Hartog and William Dampier illustrated while on voyage around our bays; and artefacts from the Zuytdorp ship wreck lost in 1712. The centre is arranged in three galleries: Living Place, Mapping Place and Experiencing Place . The displays take you on a most amazing journey around Shark Bay and across time, in company and conversation with those who have been part of this extraordinary place.
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53 Knight Tce | Shark Bay area, Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6537, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Throughly enjoyed the museum and felt it was not overpriced at all. I personally am a huge fan of Western Australian maritime history and this place ticked alot of my boxes. Spent approximately 3 hours and could have stayed longer but beer o'clock was calling....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the visit with very interesting tours given by very informative guides. Very much up close and personal with some of the most pretty and amazing creatures in the water.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked in thinking it was like a Visitor Centre or a information place for things to do around SharkBay. As we walked in we saw it was going to costs our family of 4 about $30 to walk around..... exit stage leftMore

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Emmaboss28, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking time to review the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery & Visitor Centre. Our friendly staff would have loved to have guided you to our free exhibits including a Fire on the Water - 3D film and exhibit on HMAS Sydney II....More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

This is definitely worth a visit. There are so many different experience on the Hamelin pool, shell beach, Denham beach sunset, morning encounter with dolphins etc. The drive around the area is very pleasant too!

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Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2018

Hi Brenda, thank you for your review. With a region of over 25000 square kilometres, there is plenty to experience in Shark Bay. We think its definitely worth a visit too.

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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

Rooms are old but nice, breakfast was pathetic the continental breakfast was a joke. We where the first people and salad bar was empty after us cooked breakfast for extra $14 took over 30 min to be cooked just to have still raw ingredientsMore

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Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

We appreciate that you have taken the time to complete a review however it seems that this review is not related to our centre as we are a Visitor Centre , Museum and Gallery. We do not provide rooms and breakfast. It is disappointing that...More

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Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

This centre has so much really well presented information. The photo walls also have relaxing and interesting marine sounds that add to the experience. Well done in making this a multi day pass, needed this. Fantastic!

Thank Leanne B
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CentreM, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Hi Leanne, thank you for taking the time to complete a review. We're happy to read that you enjoyed the interactive experience in the Living Place, the sounds of Shark Bay really do help to immerse our visitors in the experience.

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Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

Be warned. Seperate fees at Centre then Monkey Maya then Perron area. For a family not funny. Do not expect Info Center to be open on A Saturday afternnoon which would be helpful John Mcc.More

Thank Jon M
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CentreM, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Hi John, in response to your feedback, the entrance fees for Monkey Mia and the National Parks in the area are not set by the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery & Visitor Centre. The national parks and Monkey Mia are looked after by Dept of...More

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

So worth a visit, so much information of local and historical nature. Excellent videos of the amazing history of the region.

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Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Thank you Helenprice2017 for taking the time to complete a review. We are very proud of our centre and hope that you take the knowledge you gained during your time here and share it with other potential visitors.

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Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Great information center for all things to do around shark bay. Was able to book most things through the center and the staff were very in tune with the local area.

Thank Timothy H
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Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Thank you Timothy H for your review. I'm happy to read that our staff were able to provide you with expert local knowledge during your stay.

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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

All our questions were comprehensively answered and we could by tickets in advance for things we wanted to do.

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Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Hi Susanhilary1313, thank you so much for your review, I'm glad our staff were able to assist you during your stay in the area.

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