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Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre

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Address: 53 Knight Terrace | Shark Bay area, Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6537, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 8 9948 1590
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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Staff was very helpful, nice clean amenities inside. Excellent park across the road for kids, kept them entertained for ages.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Tully, Australia
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Tully, Australia
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff was very helpful, nice clean amenities inside. Excellent park across the road for kids, kept them entertained for ages.

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Thank stutangilbert
Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are here to help you have the best possible experience during your stay in the area. I'm always happy to hear that our staff have delivered. The park across the road was only opened in October 2016 and has quickly become a favourite amongst visitors and locals. We hope you and the family enjoyed... More 

Havant, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must do visit if you're in the Shark Denham area. Lots of information. Unfortunately air con was not working, so pretty warm inside, but they waived the admission charge because if it, but was too warm to stay too long.

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Thank Steph0549
Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to complete a review for our centre. We do apologise that the Air Conditioning was not working at the time of your visit. Unfortunately the break down happened to occur when Shark Bay was experiencing some very warm weather. We did consider closing the Discovery Centre during this period however there were many visitors... More 

Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For a remote area, I expected a routine tourist information booth. This place is a whole lot more. The building is extensive with little 'treasures' to discover as you look about. Great location, parking available, first class exhibits/displays, ocean views. If you are interested in the 400 year history of the area, you can easily spend 2 hours here. An... More 

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Thank PatongaZ
Deb C, Front Office Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The people of Shark Bay are very proud of the centre, incorporating not only the only accredited Visitor Centre in the area but also an art gallery and the Discovery Centre. We understand that there is a lot of history and information to absorb when you visit the Centre so we are happy to offer... More 

North Lincolnshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

I would recommend that you visit this first before rest of shark bay area as it will give you a good insight. Really stunning and very helpful staff.

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Thank AirlieJock
Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to complete a review. There is so much to learn about this wonderful World Heritage area and we agree the Discovery Centre is a great place to start. Learning about the attractions before you visit them does help to give a greater understanding of the natural treasure we have here. More 

Geraldton, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

if you are visiting shark Bay you must go and look through this as it shows you the compleat history of area and its people.

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Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to complete a review of our centre. We are very proud of our building and the exhibits. We are lucky enough to be including a couple of new exhibits this week with some interactive touchscreens being installed. With the support of the State and local government as well as Museum WA we... More 

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We stopped to look at a great Aboriginal Art Expo, and also received some information from the staff about how to get to Wooleen Station. They went out of their way to help us.

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Greater Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

The staff were very helpful here in organising cruises for our family of 6 and making suggestions for things to do with the children. They also organised the Monkey Mia Parks Pass to fit in with our cruises and give us time to visit and see the dolphins as well. We didn't enter the display area as it was too... More 

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Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to complete a review. We're happy to hear that we were able to assist you with your holiday planning while in Shark Bay. Our Discovery Centre does contain a vast amount of information so we do offer a multi day pass as entry. If you don't get through everything that you would like to... More 

Florence, Italy
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

The staff does nothing to help the tourists to plan activities in a place (Denham) that offers very few options. We would like to book the Quad Bike Tour as it was shown on the brochure and the web, which specified that this should be available in every season 7/7 days between 9 am and 12 am and between 3... More 

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Thank OspreyP
Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are disappointed to hear that your experience at our Visitor Centre was unsatisfactory. The Quad bike tours in Denham have only recently commenced their tours again after an extended period of being unavailable due to a wait for parts. For a small community there is still a number of tours on offer however many... More 

Kiama, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Very informative, you really do discover all about this exceptional World Heritage area. At $8 for a senior & $10 an adult you really get value for money as these tickets last for 3 days. Every area of the region is covered in enough detail to give you a informative overview of the area accompanied with lots of photos. There... More 

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Thank Dana49_11
Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you Dana for you review, I'm glad that the information you absorbed from the centre has given you a greater appreciation of our World Heritage area. We have recently received a new exhibit from the WA Museum which will be here until March 2017, which displays shipwreck artifacts of our coastline and features 3D footage of divers on the... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

So much information to take in we needed more than the two visits totalling nearly three hours. Great presentation across a broad range of topics covering history, science, geography and economy of the area.

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Thank Hugh L
Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We understand that there is a lot to learn about in regards to the World Heritage area of Shark Bay, hence our multi day pass. We are very excited to be currently installing a new temporary exhibit this week and another permanent exhibit will be on display in the next couple of months.... More 

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