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Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre

53 Knight Tce | Shark Bay area, Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6537, Australia
+61 8 9948 1590
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Very informative

This centre has so much really well presented information. The photo walls also have relaxing and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Leanne B
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Be warned. Seperate fees at Centre then Monkey Maya then Perron area. For a family not funny. Do... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jon M
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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.
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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53 Knight Tce | Shark Bay area, Gascoyne Region, Denham, Western Australia 6537, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This centre has so much really well presented information. The photo walls also have relaxing and interesting marine sounds that add to the experience. Well done in making this a multi day pass, needed this. Fantastic!

Thank Leanne B
CentreM, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Leanne, thank you for taking the time to complete a review. We're happy to read that you enjoyed the interactive experience in the Living Place, the sounds of Shark Bay really do help to immerse our visitors in the experience.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Be warned. Seperate fees at Centre then Monkey Maya then Perron area. For a family not funny. Do not expect Info Center to be open on A Saturday afternnoon which would be helpful John Mcc.More

Thank Jon M
CentreM, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi John, in response to your feedback, the entrance fees for Monkey Mia and the National Parks in the area are not set by the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery & Visitor Centre. The national parks and Monkey Mia are looked after by Dept of...More

Reviewed 28 October 2017

So worth a visit, so much information of local and historical nature. Excellent videos of the amazing history of the region.

Thank helenprice2017
Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Thank you Helenprice2017 for taking the time to complete a review. We are very proud of our centre and hope that you take the knowledge you gained during your time here and share it with other potential visitors.

Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Great information center for all things to do around shark bay. Was able to book most things through the center and the staff were very in tune with the local area.

Thank Timothy H
Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Thank you Timothy H for your review. I'm happy to read that our staff were able to provide you with expert local knowledge during your stay.

Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

All our questions were comprehensively answered and we could by tickets in advance for things we wanted to do.

Thank Susanhilary1313
Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Hi Susanhilary1313, thank you so much for your review, I'm glad our staff were able to assist you during your stay in the area.

Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Great inside interactive display reasonably priced, great display of HMAS Sydney. Sadly let down by one of the staff members had we not done more homework we would of missed two of the best tours Ocean Park offers( 4WD drive Francois Peron and Marine Safari)...More

Thank LynneSusanne
Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thanks for your review. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed the Discovery Centre and its displays. Our HMAS Sydney display is set for an upgrade next year which will include 3D footage of the wreck sites from both the HMAS Sydney II and...More

Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Well done this attraction is full of history, and interesting facts. This will keep you busy for many hours and is suitable for all ages. Great day out on a windy wet day. The Shire and the community can be proud of this.

Thank Deirdre L
Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for your review Deirdre. The Shire and community are very proud of our centre. We're happy to hear that our interpretative displays offered you some interesting facts about our area. We hope your able to share this knowledge with others.

Reviewed 12 September 2017

We spent a couple of hours at the Centre whilst staying at Denham, and were pleasantky surprised by the quality of the exhibits. Staff were polite, and it is a nice place to meander through -the lighting and colour schemes are very appropriate.

Thank BradWPerth
Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Hi Brad, thank you for taking the time to complete a review of our centre. We are very proud of our building and exhibits and we're really happy to read that you appreciated our efforts to provide our visitors with a quality experience.

Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

After 25 years of dreaming, 10 years of planning and a 3300km drive, after a brief visit to the stromatolites, where our quiet viewing was rudely interrupted by a gigantic coach of tourist rushing past our rig with only centimetres to spare, and avoiding shell...More

Thank SherwoodGypsy
Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Hi SherwoodGyspy, I am disappointed to read that your visit to our World Heritage area did not meet your expectations. The Hamelin Pool stromatolites are the oldest living fossils in the world and representations of organisms that were on Earth 3.5 billion years ago. As...More

Reviewed 15 August 2017

We dropped in for "a quick visit" and had to be dragged out when the staff were going home for the night! Allow plenty of time for your visit, or you'll end up not seeing everything. Great place!

Thank Lynda W
Deb C, Manager at Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thank you for your review, that's just great. Just as well the entry to the Discovery Centre includes a multi day pass so you can return to learn more.

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