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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 #15 of 18 Attractions in Denham
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Other
Owner description: Showcasing internationally inspired collections with today's interactive technology, the Shark Bay...
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Other
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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Barossa Valley, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Longreach
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233 reviews 233 reviews
123 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
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
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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