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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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VERY nicely presented.

This is well worth a visit. Information presented is very interesting, clear with well designed... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
John K
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Perth, Australia
Great Information on Shark Bay

A lot of really great information of the entire area of Shark Bay, Denham and Monkey Mia. Extremely... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sonyalouise01
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Adelaide, Australia
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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: 10:00 - 16:00
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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Reviewed 3 days 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 2 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 29 May 2018

The film on the HMAS Sydney was well presented. After seeing the Geraldton Memorial it helped to explain more. The museum had limited items and could be expanded. Staff were helpful and friendly.

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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

I was really impressed with the visitors centre , the displays were very informative and it was lovely to stroll around to the sound of waves lapping and whales singing . I deeply enjoyed the tribute to the HMAS Sydney I was very touched as...More

Thank Leah M
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Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

As a visitors centre, this was one of the worst we had come across in our travels. Two staff members, one was friendly and helpful, the other seemed to be having a bad day....on both days we went there. The attached gallery was great with...More

Thank Deborah S
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Reviewed 25 May 2018

Limited info. You would do better on the internet. The Gallery is a waste of time. There is some other guided display for which there is a charge.

Thank Peter S
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Reviewed 23 May 2018

We visited to get info on area and also to book a site in the national park for camping with our caravan. A great info centre with a fantastic exhibition of the HMAS Sydney. The lady was very helpful. Unfortunately, she recommended a site for...More

Thank SandyFord16
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Reviewed 11 May 2018 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

Thank Kaffa J
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Reviewed 10 May 2018

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.

Thank djbland61
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