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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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Interesting starting point for our holiday.

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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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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15 reviews
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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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Mackay
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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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Geraldton, Australia
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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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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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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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Additional Information about 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
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Western Australia  >  Denham
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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