Shark Bay: Everything You Need To Know

Shark Bay: Everything You Need To Know

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Home to some truly remarkable landscapes and a key conservation area for our most endangered fauna, Shark Bay (Gutharraguda) is destination that cannot be missed. Head north on your next road trip and discover one of the Coral Coast’s most spectacular regions.

What is it?

Taking up a vast 2.2 million hectares, Shark Bay World Heritage Area is an area of huge ecological significance. The largest bay in Australia and the first place in WA to be recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Area, Shark Bay is home to a truly staggering number of remarkable features. Stromatolites, seagrass fields, wild cliffs and dugongs are all part of what makes the area such a special part of WA.

Where is it?

Approximately halfway between Geraldton and Carnarvon, it’s just under nine hours’ drive from Perth to the town of Denham, at the centre of Shark Bay on Yamatji Boodja. As mentioned above, the recognised UNESCO World Heritage Area spans a huge 2.2 million hectares, with 70% marine waters. It’s also where you’ll find the most westerly point of mainland Australia!

What to do?

Shark Bay is of course home to Monkey Mia, which we’ve already given the full breakdown via this link.

Get real insight into the spirit and history of the land with a tour led by Wula Gura Nyinda – designed to be suitable for every fitness level, the immersive experiences will explore the ancient and enduring cultural ties of the region’s Nhanda and Malgana people to Gutharraguda.

There are plenty of natural wonders to visit within Shark Bay. Hamelin Pool’s stromatolites are one of only a few in the world – known as living fossils, they are the oldest known living organism in the world. The boardwalk was damaged during Cyclone Seroja, but you can still view the stromatolites.

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