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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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Shark bay visitors center

Beautiful center with lots of very interesting pieces, HOWEVER, when asking staff for advice and... read more

Reviewed today
Richard P
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Dolphins & more

A great trip sailing on the catamaran Aristocat 2 today. Well priced with a free sunset cruise... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lyn L
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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53 Knight Tce | Shark Bay area, Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6537, Australia
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+61 8 9948 1590
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Reviewed today via mobile

Beautiful center with lots of very interesting pieces, HOWEVER, when asking staff for advice and directions on an article they promote and advertise, the staff were rude, blunt and uncooperative to provide advice, claiming they have been here for years and could didn’t know how...More

Thank Richard P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great trip sailing on the catamaran Aristocat 2 today. Well priced with a free sunset cruise included. We sailed from Monkey Mia jetty after a safety briefing, in search of dolphins & dugongs. We saw both. We also enjoyed the added bonus of seeing...More

Thank Lyn L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The info centre is fine and the building is nice. Really enjoyed the 3D film of the SydneyII / Kormorant encounter : no cost. Didn’t visit the other exhibition as felt it was about twice the price it should’ve been probably reflecting a travellers jaded...More

Thank cameron b
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved the 3D screening to view and all the Information on offer for Denham and Shark Bay. Helpful staff. Handy location.

Thank Emma O
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walked past the building a few times and then decided to give it a go. Thank goodness we did. An excellent complete informative display about the whole Shark Bay area. Very well done and worth a visit.

Thank Danita K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don’t baulk at the entry fee. Pay once visit many times. Presents not only the European history of Shark Bay but also the natural history. Several hours over several days is recommended. The staff here are very helpful and friendly.

Thank William J H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The vast majority of visitors never make it past the reservation desk. Walk behind the visitor booth wall and you will discover a wealth of information about the history and wildlife of Shark Bay. Its recommended you start here before heading out into the surrounding...More

Thank Corey_in_Orlando
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is well worth a visit. Information presented is very interesting, clear with well designed displays. Digital screen displays well worth using. Excellent family friendly space.

Thank John K
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

A lot of really great information of the entire area of Shark Bay, Denham and Monkey Mia. Extremely helpful staff. A must do before you set off on this glorious part of Australia.

Thank sonyalouise01
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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Great museum with good information about the history of the area. The film about the HMAS Sydney was the highlight and highly recommended.

Thank Liam M
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