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“Haunting display for the HMAS Sydney ”

Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre
Ranked #12 of 26 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: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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 I never knew the battle that took place ... The staff were extremely helpful and took the time to attend to my queries . Shark Bay is a nature lovers paradise and definitely bucket list criteria ...

Thank Leah M
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Reviewed 4 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 a display of bush babies....artwork and photographs. The 3D film re the wreck of HMAS Sydney is worth watching. The entry fee of $11 for the discovery centre was reasonable. There are quite a few interesting things to see and read about. There are also a couple of good short DVDs playing on local topics ..such as the interesting thorny devil, shipwreck history and what makes Shark Bay a world heritage area. If you are looking to buy souvenirs, postcards etc, this is not the information centre to do this. Their range was dismal, aimed more at children and those looking to buy pearl jewellery....priced over $500 per item.

Thank Deborah S
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Reviewed 4 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 4 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 us to camp and we paid the $15 and we got bogged in the very soft sand. So think people should be warned about this.

Thank SandyFord16
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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.

Staff were friendly and informative and the free bush babies gallery was excellent. Unfortunately didn't take in to much of the hmas Sydney section due to a thirst for a pint of swan larger. Will be back tomorrow to complete the exhibition.

Purchased some great memorabilia including a replica of Dirk Hartogs pewter plate (made of pewter) that will forever resonate the history of Western Australia at our home in brisbane Queensland.

A must see attraction for history lovers alike..

Thank you from josh and jesse.

Thank Josh S
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