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Drop in on
21 Robinson Street
(08) 9941 1146
Z Take a guided tour around
Western Australia’s number-one
tourist attraction, the Ocean Park
Aquarium, showcasing Shark
Bay’s marine wildlife.
Z Stand on the same point as
the first WA explorer, at Cape
Inscription on Dirk Hartog Island.
Z Walk along the historic Fascine
in Carnarvon and view the HMAS
Sydney memorial plaques.
Z Visit Rocky Pool, an amazing
permanent freshwater oasis
just 55km east of Carnarvon.
Z Shark Bay is an eight-and-a -
half hour drive from Perth.
Z Carnarvon is about
900km from Perth,
around 11 hours’ drive.
Z Integrity Coachlines offers
regular services from Perth.
Z Reach Dirk Hartog Island by
scenic flight from Monkey
Mia, boat from Denham,
or barge (for 4WDs) from
EAT AND DRINK
Drive round Carnarvon’s famous plantation area for fresh fruit and vegies,
including the famous bananas. Local pubs, cafes and restaurants in Denham,
Monkey Mia, Shark Bay and Carnarvon serve the region’s bounty. Sample fresh-
caught seafood at the Small Boat Harbour, a Carnarvon banana smoothie from
Bumbaks, or fresh-fruit ice-creams and exquisite vegetables on Robinson Street.
Visit the Saturday Gascoyne Growers Market for seriously good coffee, and stock
up on fruit and veg direct from the plantations, plus fresh seafood to take home.
VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY, DIRK
HARTOG, SHARK BAY 1616
In 2016, Shark Bay will commemorate 400 years since famed Dutch explorer
Captain Dirk Hartog landed at Cape Inscription on Dirk Hartog Island. Rumour
has it the five-day festival in October will be attended by royalty. Book early to
catch all the highlights, from balls and concerts to tall-ship reenactments and
more. Visit sharkbay1616.com.au.
With a prize pool of $25,000,
anglers vie to hook the biggest
fish across 16 categories, within 50
nautical miles of Carnarvon. May.
Shark Bay’s week-long fishing
competition and festival, with live
A festival of music, art, culture and
history in Shark Bay. May.
Celebrating the Gascoyne’s
diverse and vibrant culture, with
a variety of entertainment. May.
Celebrate with the far western
street parade, markets and
Showcasing the region’s massive
array of fresh local produce, the
festival attracts foodies, celebrity
chefs and lifestyle media to
Carnarvon for a weekend of
Motorcycles, quad bikes, custom-
built 4WDs and buggies compete
in this endurance race over 500km
of tough desert terrain near
SHARK BAY WORLD
& VISITOR CENTRE
55 Knight Terrace, Denham
(08) 9948 1590
DO AND SEE
SHARK BAY MARINE LIFE
As well as the unique ecological
system of stromatolites at Hamelin
Pool, sea grasses, marine life and rare
endangered species, Shark Bay is
renowned for the Monkey Mia Reserve,
where dolphins approach the shoreline
three times a day to be fed. Shark Bay
is also home to the world’s second-
largest dugong population (15,000).
Board a catamaran tour to spot the
dolphins, dugongs, turtles, sea snakes,
and even some sharks. From the coast
at Eagle Bluff, you can see turtles, rays
and large fish. To learn more about
the marine life, visit the Ocean Park
Aquarium in Shark Bay.
This breathtaking park of contrasting
landscapes covers 52,500ha of coastal
scenery, sand plains and bush land.
One of the world’s best land-based
game fishing locations, this also offers
the most spectacular coastal views
of the dramatic Zuytdorp Cliffs.
Dating back some 3.5 billion years,
these lumpy fossils are the oldest living
organisms on the planet. Look carefully
and you may see them ‘breathing’ as
tiny bubbles of oxygen are released.
The replica of the historic
vessel The Duyfken.
Tip Cruise out to
historic Dirk Hartog
Island and go
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