Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre

Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, Denham: Hours, Address, Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre Reviews: 4/5

Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre

Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Greg W
3 contributions
Local knowledge
Sep. 2021
Wandered in to the Information centre with no real idea of what we would do in the region ……. Vivian was brilliant, asked a few key questions about our interests and helped plan our itinerary over 3 days. Her hot tub tip was a great way to end our last day, check it out if you can at the Francois Peron NP and seeing a mother and baby dugong from Skipjack Point Lookout was another unexpected highlight. We didn’t explore the Discovery Centre thought we would save it for another day …..
Written 7 September 2021
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Lorraine L
Tarwin Lower, Australia2,114 contributions
Good service
Aug. 2021
We didn't go into the discovery centre, maybe we will do that another day. We went in search of information to maximise our time here. The staff were helpful and didn't keep us waiting, they understood what we were looking for and made lots of good suggestions to suit us. We left with the brochures we needed to access the various attractions. The centre itself looks quite new and is very spiffy inside and out, there are souvenirs on offer and local produce as most of the centres seem to have these days.
Written 31 August 2021
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gmb27
Perth, Western Australia92 contributions
Amazing resource...amazing staff!
Aug. 2021 • Couples
We were in Denham as this was the departure place for our trip to Dirk Hartog Island. Unfortunately our trip had been booked through a third party and we had very little itinerary information so we popped in here for some assistance.
Well what a breath of fresh air this place was. With sincere thanks to Viv and Aiyana, our itinerary issues were soon clarified after a couple of phone calls and discussions. The resource centre has all the information you’ll ever need if you’re in the Shark Bay area and if you happen to meet either one of those two lovely women, then you’re the winner!
Thanks again Viv & Aiyana!!
Written 11 August 2021
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Jamie C
18 contributions
Overpriced for what it is
Aug. 2021
Myself and my partner visited here 6th August. We paid $11 each to get in. We were disappointed about what the $11 got us. We would have happily paid this price for the fire on the water. What frustrated us the most is that 3 people in front of us just walked past the pricing sign into the exhibit. Would be happy to pay $6 into it as it was informative but got more value for money in other visitor centre exhibits.
Written 6 August 2021
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BrentFran
Mandurah and Peel Region, Australia192 contributions
So so
Jun. 2021 • Couples
Nice shop and friendly staff. They had an exhibition on the sinking of HMS Sydney which was brilliant but as for the rest of the centre I thought was a bit of a waste of time. I thought there would have been a good history of Dirk Harrogate but there was very little.
Written 8 July 2021
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Janet_Percy
Donnybrook, Australia131 contributions
Two halves to this review
Jun. 2021 • Couples
First the Fire and Water exhibit explaining the HMAS11 battle and film of the ship as it is now, under water was brilliant. History that we didn't know , explained in a way we understood. Not suitable for children as there was a lot of writing, not narrated.was 3d too which added to the drama.
The second part is the interpretive display that carried an entrance fee.again a lot of writing. I don't think it would interest children. I was not overly interested.
Written 21 June 2021
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Annadj
1 contribution
Highly Recomended
Jun. 2021 • Couples
Friendly helpful staff and a fantastic museum covering natural and human history of the area.Allow plenty of time to take it in.
Written 1 June 2021
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Victoria L
4 contributions
Congratulations Denham!
May 2021
It’s been 18 years since I last visited Denham/Shark Bay Area and what a stunning improvement to the town. The Discovery Centre is a comprehensive emporium of pictorial and printed information about the early history, the people both European and Indigenous, and the natural history of the Shire. A most interesting experience for all age groups.
Written 11 May 2021
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Murray J
Perth, Australia152 contributions
Explains why Shark Bay has become a World Heritage Area
Mar. 2021
Bravery of early explorers and uniqueness of the natural environment of Shark Bay are revealed in this interesting discovery centre whose exhibits will really draw you in...
Written 1 April 2021
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byefamilyfive
Perth, Australia11 contributions
Best customer service experience in a long time
Jan. 2021 • Family
After securing accommodation late in October it didn't occur to me that I should pre-book some family activities. Late in December I called the centre and received the best service from Fiona. She helped us book a tour that we thought was booked out and made sure that we had bookings ready for other activities she recommended so we didn't miss out on those.
When we arrived in Denham, we went to the Centre to say thank you no to see if we could book a 4WD tour (something else that sends to already booked out). Fiona made a call to Bec and got us on a half day 4WD tour.
The customer service here is second to none, the museum is good and the free "Fire on Water" exhibition is a must see.
Written 10 January 2021
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