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Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre

Address: 65 Knight Terrace | Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6537, Australia
Phone Number: +61 8 9948 1590
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Ranked #14 of 18 Attractions in Denham
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Traveler Resources
Owner description: Showcasing internationally inspired collections with today's interactive technology, the Shark Bay...
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Traveler Resources
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Geraldton, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Well worth taking the time to visit, it's not just another boring pamphlet showcase, go and have a look at the museum and take the time to read all of the information on the various displays, fascinating

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Hawthorn East
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

If you are after some ideas on what to do in the area pop in here and the helpful staff can give you lots of options. Very helpful in booking tours and if you needed time to think they just gave you the number, not pushy at all.

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rasco81
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Spent about 3 hours in here. Information on the area and the national parks. History of the Indiginous people, some of that not so nice, but fortunately times have changed. Lots of information on the areas flora and fauna. Videos to watch and a bit of interactive info, timelines and artefacts. worth a visit. Also Denham is alovely small town

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Barossa Valley, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This Discovery/Visitors Centre based in the beautiful Denham was very disappointing. Upon entry to the very quiet centre as it was early in the day, I was totally ignored by the older lady behind the counter. I certainly never expect anyone to make me feel important, but when you walk into a cold near empty room with no one else... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre and I am disappointed to hear that your visit did not go to plan. I can only apologise for the ladies not giving you a warm welcome but can insure you that all the team receive ongoing customer service training and we recognise that our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We did not go to see the sharks, but went for lunch. Great food, beautiful view. The service was friendly, well priced - a hidden gem if you don't want more burgers for lunch...

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Sydney, Australia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We were very disappointed with this centre. We were the only visitors in the place so being totally ignored by the staff made us feel uncomfortable. An "Hello" wouldn't hurt ladies! The information brochures were few and far between and we felt we were in a shop, the room being full of tacky souvenirs and overpriced T Shirts. We were... More 

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

Hi Rebecca, Thank you for taking the time to review our centre. I apologise on behalf of my team for not welcoming you upon arrival. We have a large range of brochures covering all of the local area and the destination visitor guides for all the major locations in Western Australia. During school holidays brochures do go quickly but are... More 

Bunbury, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

as visitor centres go this was a let down , sorry , but it did nothing for me or the wife and we didn't stay long

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

Hi Billhut, Thank you for taking the time to review our centre. I am sorry that the visitor centre was a let-down to you. Should you wish to elaborate on why it fell short of your expectations I would love to hear from you as I value guest feedback centremanager@sharkbay.wa.gov.au Thanks and regards Adam Morris Centre Manager More 

Canteleu, France
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We enjoyed our rest for 3 days : Beautiful natural place, lovely professionnel and welcoming people to answer our questions regarding dolphins. We had very good lunches at the restaurant, met nice people from the restaurant and other australian tourists and we could read on the grass in front of the restaurant all the afternoon long....waiting for an unforgettable sunset... More 

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Perth, Australia
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142 reviews 142 reviews
72 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This is a very informative and well set up visitor centre, some others we have seen should take note. Well done indeed.

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Geraldton, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The discovery Centre is amazing. I didn't realize there was so much history linked to this part of the coast and the displays give you a great insight into it all. Initially I found the layout a little confusing but once i worked out how the info was intended to flow it made more sense. I really enjoyed the videos.

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