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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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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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This is a very interesting display. Many things covered from the visit of Dirk Hartog in 1616 to the sinking of HMAS Sydney in WWII off the coast here. Took 1 1/2 hours here but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2016
Ken P
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Perth, Australia
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Maitland, Australia
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78 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff are housed in an impressive building with interesting displays they are helpful and seem to know the area. Well done

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

Thank you Mike for your review. We are very lucky to be able to work not only in this building but in this beautiful location. We hope you enjoyed your stay in Shark Bay and if you ever get the chance please stop by for another look. We are expecting a couple more new exhibits in the Discovery Centre later... More 

Berwick, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

First stop after arriving in Denham. Great value first up, the ticket covered three days worth of visits and they do concession rates. Comprehensive displays on everything possible from this area. If you need a firsthand in depth coverage of all things natural, all things historic and all things of more recent times then this is the first stop before... More 

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

Thank you Sandy for your review. The team at the Discovery Centre really do appreciate the amount of information that is contained in the displays so realise that a multi day pass is preferred. We do hope that your visit has given you an appreciation of the World Heritage values, the rich Indigenous and European History of the area and... More 

Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

This is a very interesting display. Many things covered from the visit of Dirk Hartog in 1616 to the sinking of HMAS Sydney in WWII off the coast here. Took 1 1/2 hours here but could have been much longer. Some of the displays are first rate including the visuals and the static display of the Zuytdorp.

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Thank Ken P
CentreM, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you Ken for taking the time to provide a review. Shark Bay has a rich Indigenous and European history teamed with a pristine natural environment, making this World Heritage listed area a very special place to visit. The Discovery Centre pass is a two day pass so if you find that you run out of time to go through... More 

Western Australia, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Staff were friendly & helpful providing maps & info. Just wished we had been warned about the Monkey Mia cost of $10 per person to visit. Even the family rate was not applicable to us (2 adults/2 chn) as we were a car load of 6 adults. After getting up at 5am, we soon turned around & returned to Denham.... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. The Department of Parks and Wildlife charges a fee on arrival for entry into the Monkey Mia Reserve. This fee pays for the care, management and research of the Monkey Mia dolphins. It is also used to provide visitor facilities, including interpretation and school holiday activities. Our staff are instructed to inform customers of this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016 via mobile

Just arrived in Denham, and only had the next day in Denham for our activities. Glenda had us organised & went the extra mile to get us what we wanted on short notice. Very happy

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Thank Nerilee S
Adam M, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you Nerilee for your review. So glad to hear that our staff were able to assist you during your short stay. We hope you enjoyed your stay in Denham, Shark Bay. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

We had just arrived in Denham, a bit confused about what to see where and when. The staff here got us a complete itinerary for three days sorted out really quickly. They were so helpful! And we had a fantastic time in Denham and Monkey Mia, visiting places, on tours and just relaxing. Thank you so much!

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Thank J L
Manly, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

The building and museum was very nicely designed and the staff were very nice. Lots of great info about the nature of the area but was lacking on information on how the Aboriginal tribes of the area lived and where they are today. This museum is very European centric and really glosses over the Aboriginal ancestry that originally inhabited the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

I was lucky enough to win a prize to Shark Bay through the visitors centre at the Caravan Show in Perth. It was lucky we did because we may not have travelled all the way to Shark Bay otherwise. Adam and his team were great at arranging the accommodation and tours. We had a fantastic time in Denham and Shark... More 

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

This was the place we went to when we needed planning help for our adventures in shark bay. Staff were extremely helpful. This is a place you must go to if it's your first visit to shark bay.

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Thank Peter B
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Great place to visit and eat in cafe which is licensed. Sea views inside or out. Informative guides. Lots of parking. Sealed road in.

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Thank MAKLCK30
Adam M, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review I believe you are reviewing the 2015 award winning Ocean Park Aquarium who won the Gold for WA Tourism Award - Best Tourism Attraction. I am very happy that you enjoyed your holiday to Shark Bay and hope you can visit again soon. More 

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