Why Visit Shark Bay, Western Australia – Best places to see in Australia

This is one of the most remote places in Australia. It is around 5,000km drive from Sydney, and about as far away from Sydney as you can get on the Australian mainland.

At the most westerly point of the Australian continent, Shark Bay, with its islands and the land surrounding it, has three exceptional natural features:

  1. its vast sea-grass beds, which are the largest (4,800 km2) and richest in the world;
  2. its dugong (‘sea cow’) population;
  3. its stromatolites (colonies of algae which form hard, dome-shaped deposits and are among the oldest forms of life on earth). Hamelin Pool is home of the oldest living organisms in the world.

Shark Bay is also home to five species of endangered mammals.

Shark Bay, Western Australia – How to get there

By car

Shark Bay is around 1,000km drive north from Perth. If you’re looking for  a car rental. Shark Bay Car Hire is a local operator. None of the majors operate in the area.

By plane

Shark Bay Airport (MJK) is around 8km from Denham, and around 16km from Monkey Mia on the Monkey Mia Road. The airport has a sealed landing strip, but no terminal facilities of any substance.
Skywest services the airport from Perth four times a week, and from Exmouth weekly.
Carnarvon is 350km from Denham/Monkey Mia, and has daily flights from Perth.

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Photo by Paul J. Morris

What to see in Shark Bay, Western Australia – Top Three Things

Yes, this is remote, but three are two things to check off your bucket list in one place – # 1 and #2 below.

  1. Hamelin Pool is home of the oldest living organisms in the world.
  2. Steep Point. the most westerly point on the Australian mainland
  3. Monkey Mia Dolphins. The wild dolphins come close to shore at the bay in the mornings. It is possible to feed them. This is in a supervised resort setting, so if you want to get close to the dolphins arrive as early as possible.
  4. Shell Beach. is kilometres long beach, comprised of small shells at accumulated meters deep. No tourists here to pick them up.
  5. Francois Peron National Park.
  6. Dirk Hartog Island. is accessible by plane from Shark Bay airport by charter flight, or by 4wd and barge. Barge crossing must be reserved well in advance. There is accommodation on the island.
  7. Point Quobba and its blowholes.

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Photo by robertpaulyoung