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Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre

65 Knight Terrace | Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6537, Australia
+61 8 9948 1590
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Ranked #14 of 16 Attractions in Denham
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Owner description: Showcasing internationally inspired collections with today's interactive technology, the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre is a 'must see' on... more » 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. « less
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Perth, Australia
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136 reviews 136 reviews
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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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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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Longreach
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Although this centre had some very interesting information, photos and artifacts on display, I found it a bit boring. Kids would not find much to keep them interested as there is too much reading. A lot of the display cases are dirty and the lighting makes it very difficult to take reasonable photos. The memorial out the front to the... More

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

Hi John, Thank you for your review we are sorry to hear that the interesting information photos and artifacts were not for you. We supply all children that enter the centre with a work book which creates lots of fun for all ages finding the answers throughout the whole exhibit. The display cases are cleaned multiple times a week and... More

London, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Not well served by staff and not many brochures. Maybe because we were out of season. Nice toilet facilities.

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Secret Harbour, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Tucked away off Denham's main street, I wasn't expecting the great quality of the visitor centre. Well laid-out, informative, beautiful images, great stories, and easy to work through. Also liked the HMAS Sydney II display especially after being through Geraldton. Definitely recommend.

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Catania
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

For such a small town this an amazingly good museum. We stayed two hours. The video is superbly directed and gives a real insight Ito all aspects of the natural and social history of the area.

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Kalgoorlie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

A World Heritage area, great to get the insight as to local marine life and national parks in the vicinity. Checking out all the local attractions and finding out why its heritage listed.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

I think the blue memorial with all the names of the lives lost and the Poppies is such a lovely tribute to the rememberance of those who didn't return home to their beloved families. I felt that the centre was totally understaffed and too busy to attend to the needs of the tourist, There was only one person each and... More

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Darwin, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

The staff that greeted us were just lovely. Enthusiastic and friendly! We decided to pay the $ 11 each and do our bit for tourism in Denham. The building and display of the info are modern and lovely, but the content was a little yawn for us. Lots about birds, plants and animals. Don't know what we expected. I wouldn't... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Pay to enter the Discovery centre (nominal fee -- I think it was about $12 for my son and I) -- The display gives a view of the local natural and settlement history. Very informative and educational for the kids as well as the adults. Great if you only have limited time in the area as it gives a great... More

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