Overview

A paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers, this beautiful slice of West Australian wilderness promises one unforgettable experience after another – and almost year-round sunshine. Walk into the warm blue-green waters of Monkey Mia to encounter friendly wild dolphins before uncovering the off-shore and on-land wonders of the Shark Bay World Heritage area.

Leave the city energy of Perth behind and enter the vivid and varied landscape of Shark Bay – it’s a two-hour flight or an eight-hour drive from the capital city to Denham, an ideal base from which to explore the area. Get a sense of what the world might once have looked like while wandering between 3,500-million-year-old stromatolites at Hamelin Pool and strolling along Shell Beach, a rare stretch of coastline formed entirely of tiny white shells.

With your camera poised for more picture-perfect views, continue to Francois Peron National Park for a taste of the outback. Follow rugged driving routes in a four-wheel drive or set off on a self-guided walking trail and marvel as the red earth collides with bright white sand and turquoise-blue waters.

A natural paradise, Shark Bay presents plenty of opportunities to admire rare plants, spot colourful birds and encounter wild animals on land and in the water. At Monkey Mia, frolicking wild dolphins greet their visitors by swimming up to the shore.

Survey the scenery from Eagle Bluff and, when it’s time to make a splash, go snorkelling in the shallow waters or hop on a boat cruise in search of marine life including turtles and manta rays.

As another day of outdoor adventures comes to an end, turn your gaze upwards as twinkling stars illuminate the night sky.