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Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre

53 Knight Tce | Shark Bay area, Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6537, Australia
+61 8 9948 1590
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The film on the HMAS Sydney was well presented. After seeing the Geraldton Memorial it helped to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
SkiGrowingOld
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Brisbane
Haunting display for the HMAS Sydney

I was really impressed with the visitors centre , the displays were very informative and it was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Leah M
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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 DPAW 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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53 Knight Tce | Shark Bay area, Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6537, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The film on the HMAS Sydney was well presented. After seeing the Geraldton Memorial it helped to explain more. The museum had limited items and could be expanded. Staff were helpful and friendly.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was really impressed with the visitors centre , the displays were very informative and it was lovely to stroll around to the sound of waves lapping and whales singing . I deeply enjoyed the tribute to the HMAS Sydney I was very touched as...More

Thank Leah M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a visitors centre, this was one of the worst we had come across in our travels. Two staff members, one was friendly and helpful, the other seemed to be having a bad day....on both days we went there. The attached gallery was great with...More

Thank Deborah S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Limited info. You would do better on the internet. The Gallery is a waste of time. There is some other guided display for which there is a charge.

Thank Peter S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited to get info on area and also to book a site in the national park for camping with our caravan. A great info centre with a fantastic exhibition of the HMAS Sydney. The lady was very helpful. Unfortunately, she recommended a site for...More

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Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

Throughly enjoyed the museum and felt it was not overpriced at all. I personally am a huge fan of Western Australian maritime history and this place ticked alot of my boxes. Spent approximately 3 hours and could have stayed longer but beer o'clock was calling....More

Thank Josh S
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Reviewed May 10, 2018

Well worth the visit with very interesting tours given by very informative guides. Very much up close and personal with some of the most pretty and amazing creatures in the water.

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Reviewed April 26, 2018 via mobile

We walked in thinking it was like a Visitor Centre or a information place for things to do around SharkBay. As we walked in we saw it was going to costs our family of 4 about $30 to walk around..... exit stage leftMore

Thank Josh C
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Emmaboss28, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2018

Thank you for taking time to review the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery & Visitor Centre. Our friendly staff would have loved to have guided you to our free exhibits including a Fire on the Water - 3D film and exhibit on HMAS Sydney II....More

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Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

This is definitely worth a visit. There are so many different experience on the Hamelin pool, shell beach, Denham beach sunset, morning encounter with dolphins etc. The drive around the area is very pleasant too!

Thank Brenda T
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Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2018

Hi Brenda, thank you for your review. With a region of over 25000 square kilometres, there is plenty to experience in Shark Bay. We think its definitely worth a visit too.

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Reviewed January 7, 2018 via mobile

Rooms are old but nice, breakfast was pathetic the continental breakfast was a joke. We where the first people and salad bar was empty after us cooked breakfast for extra $14 took over 30 min to be cooked just to have still raw ingredientsMore

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Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2018

We appreciate that you have taken the time to complete a review however it seems that this review is not related to our centre as we are a Visitor Centre , Museum and Gallery. We do not provide rooms and breakfast. It is disappointing that...More

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