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Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre

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Address: 65 Knight Tce | 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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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 5, 2016
fishinmad2015
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North Lincolnshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Thank Facebook962
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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Thank fishinmad2015
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 

Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

Lots of information, relics and pictures showcasing the areas past, present and future. Very informative space, cost $11 entry.

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

Thank you Karen for your review. Its nice to know our building has stood the test of time, it turned 10yrs old this year. New exhibits will be arriving soon. More 

Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

A stunning new building explaining the history and wildlife of the Shark Bay area. Worth a visit to get your bearings and what to see and do. Staff are very helpful.

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

Thank you for taking the time to complete a review. Our lovely building just celebrated its tenth birthday, it definitely is a flagship facility for the region. We are happy that we were able to assist you and that the information you received was helpful in helping you discover all that this World Heritage area has to offer. More 

Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

We visited immediately after arriving hoping to get the best information on what to see in the area. There is an enormous amount to see and my main enquirie was for Steep Point which i wanted to visit and had travelled some distance to see. The lady informed me that it was closing TOMORROW for a month. While this is... More 

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

Thank you for your review. The access road to Steep Point has been closed for the month of August by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the department responsible for maintaining Edel Land. They will be performing road works on the tracks leading into Steep Point. While the roads are closed to the general public, tour operators do have minimal... More 

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