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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
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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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This was the place we went to when we needed planning help for our adventures in shark bay. Staff were extremely helpful. This is a place you must go to if it's your first visit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 7, 2015
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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Manly, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

The building and museum was very nicely designed and the staff were very nice. Lots of great info about the nature of the area but was lacking on information on how the Aboriginal tribes of the area lived and where they are today. This museum is very European centric and really glosses over the Aboriginal ancestry that originally inhabited the... More 

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Thank eupoo
Perth, Australia
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

I was lucky enough to win a prize to Shark Bay through the visitors centre at the Caravan Show in Perth. It was lucky we did because we may not have travelled all the way to Shark Bay otherwise. Adam and his team were great at arranging the accommodation and tours. We had a fantastic time in Denham and Shark... More 

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Thank PerthFamily75
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

This was the place we went to when we needed planning help for our adventures in shark bay. Staff were extremely helpful. This is a place you must go to if it's your first visit to shark bay.

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Thank Peter B
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Great place to visit and eat in cafe which is licensed. Sea views inside or out. Informative guides. Lots of parking. Sealed road in.

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Thank MAKLCK30
Adam M, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review I believe you are reviewing the 2015 award winning Ocean Park Aquarium who won the Gold for WA Tourism Award - Best Tourism Attraction. I am very happy that you enjoyed your holiday to Shark Bay and hope you can visit again soon. More 

Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

We had a good time looking through the art gallery and we found the staff to be extremely helpful and very pleasant. There is also another display area about Shark Bay attached although we didn't go through there. Worthwhile for pop in to see what's happening in the bay

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Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

A really well put together centre. Very friendly and helpful staff, willing to do as much or as little as you like with plenty of local advice. Lots of info available and an interesting exhibition ( which there is a small charge for). Fairly new place but all those involved need a pat on the back.Well done.

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Thank MadCapt
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

We found the visitor centre interesting but it didn't have as much information about the area that most visitor centres in Western Australia have. Perhaps because Denham is such a small town, but what we did find interesting was the information available on local history and marine life. Worth a visit.

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Thank pleasedtobehere
Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Martyn N
Perth, Australia
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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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