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Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre

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Address: 65 Knight Terrace | Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6537, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 9948 1590
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Showcasing internationally inspired collections with today's interactive...
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 CALM 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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World a Heritage Discovery Centre and Touist Info Centre

Beautiful centre with so much information on the history of the town and region and excellent artefacts. . Would love the font to be larger on some written information as it was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
janece2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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Launceston, Australia
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Called late in afternoon and centre was flat out with people looking to secure camping sites and tours. The staff were amazing. Ladies really helpful. Some great suggestions when our 1st choices were booked out. Asked about our plans and made suggestions that really suited. Thanks so much for your help. Everything suggested was perfect.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Great visitor centre with high quality displays and interesting information - well worth the entry fee and spending an hour or two here. Helps give you an appreciation of the ecological and historical significance of this region.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Beautiful centre with so much information on the history of the town and region and excellent artefacts. . Would love the font to be larger on some written information as it was difficult to read at times . Interactive computer displays were a useful way to deliver info. Video loops of interviews very interesting.Staff helpful and informative . Tickets can't... More 

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Paid $28 to get wife and two children in. Mostly photos and limited mundane displays. There is an impressive figurehead off a Norwegian ship, a display on how the make local shell bricks and some information on the pewter plate left by Dirk Hartog but really the level enjoyment here is limited to but a few . Can't see a... More 

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Adam M, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Hi Damien Thank you for your review I am please to hear that you enjoyed the Gudrun figure head, Dirk Hartog's plate and the information on the Shell Block Quarry. I am sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the other static displays I hope you didnt miss the other displays such as the Talking Point movies or the interactive... More 

Kalbarri, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Excellent, information history all laid out for you to experience. Nice way to spend a couple of hours.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Great history and lay out. Easy to read, plenty to look at. No rush to see it all at once. Option to return over a couple of days to absorb further information.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The discovery centre is very well thought out in its design and displays. It provides a good broad overview of the region covering aspects like geological, botanical, human history and industry. Well worth spending some time there.

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Bunbury, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

No one gave a friendly greeting, and would have felt more valued if they had at least acknowledged us! Saw the price for the exhibit and thought it would not be of any value.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

What a fabulous place to visit. Very informative and wonderfully laid out in modern accommodation. A real credit to those who had the foresight to establish this attraction. Very worthwhile

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Hervey Bay, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We found the exhibits interesting and the video's on the natural attractions and history of people who live in the area were fascinating. Could have gone back again.

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