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Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre
Ranked #8 of 23 things to do in Denham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed April 29, 2013

the building looked far too modern and over-the-top for a laid-back sleepy hollow like Denham. When we visited the staff took a while to break away from their conversation to be interested in what we wanted. And the art display was pathetic. A total waste of space

Thank dougsueholmes
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

What a wonderful, informative centre with lovely Locals running it so you really do get the insider information about where to visit and how to get there.
The photographic Art Display was mind blowing and the Gallery was to die for.
One of the best Vistior centres I have ever beeen in, the Staff actually were interrested in the vistiors, it was not just a job and they were there to kill pay packet hours.
Well Done to the DISCOVERY and VISTOR CENTRE not only do you have a beautiful shore line building you have Beautiful staff.

Thank MichelleOBaldivis
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Beautiful coastline, and we didn't mind paying to get into all the national parks along the way.
But it was disappointing to have to pay to get into a display within a tourist centre!! It would be good to ensure that more visitors knew more details about this WORLD HERITAGE AREA...
Surely that's the best way to promote this beautiful area??

Thank TanyaRicketts
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

don't be deceived by the frontage.The Centre looked like any old interpretive centre, however my husband and I spent 2 hours there one day & 40 mins the next. The video interviews were a great way to describe and explain all the different aspects of the area

Thank Jude533
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

I expected a one-on-one dolphin feeding session, but rather it was a large group (200+ people) watching as one person fed the dolphins. The Emu we saw wandering on the roads coming into Monkey Mia proved more entertaining.

Thank Jason Y
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