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Hamelin Pool and walk on millions
of shells at famous Shell Beach.
Take a boat, barge or flight to
historic Dirk Hartog Island for
some of the country’s best fishing
and diving. Camp at a national park
or stay at a caravan park, motel,
or resort. Monkey Mia is only a
30-minute drive north-east of
Denham and nature lovers flock
there to interact with the wild
dolphins. Each morning they swim
to the shallows outside the resort
where, if you’re lucky, you may get
the chance to hand-feed one.
Carnarvon is a 330km drive
north of Denham and is situated
at the only point of the Australian
coastline where the central desert
reaches out to the sea. It’s more
than just a stopover – there is
enough to do and taste here to
warrant staying for a few days.
Take a boat to the islands for
fantastic fishing and diving or
visit the local growers at their
plantations for a tour. From here it
is only 450km to Mount Augustus,
twice the size of Uluru, where you
can camp at the resort.
f wildlife is your passion,
Shark Bay is a must-see .
The shallow shores of the
Marine Park are home to the
largest dugong population in the
world and 28 shark species live
in the bay, but it’s Monkey Mia’s
famous bottlenose dolphins that
attract about 150 thousand people
to the region every year.
The main town in the Shark Bay
World Heritage area is Denham.
This friendly fishing community
is located on the western coast
of the Peron Peninsula, about an
eight-hour drive north of Perth.
It comes to life with anglers and
campers around March, when the
stiff summer southerlies die down
and the conditions are calmer on
the water. A visit to the Shark Bay
Kitesurfing and windsurfing
The southerly winds from November
to March make this coastline a
kitesurfer’s paradise. The reef break
and reliable gusts make Tombstones
at Gnaraloo Station a world-class
destination. Pelican Point at
Carnarvon, and Denham’s foreshore
and Little Lagoon are also popular.
From April to September, surfers
are spoilt for choice. Tombstones is
SHARK BAY TO GNARALOO
“The sheltered coves and seagrass beds
of this World Heritage Area are home to
dugongs, manta rays and stromatolites”
World Heritage Discovery Centre
is a must, the historical exhibits
starting with the first explorers
from 1616 – you will need at least
two hours to take it all in.
While the shark population
is high, the calm water is safe
for swimming and there hasn’t
been a shark attack in a century.
See the marine life by boat, or
explore on land by 4WD: hire both
from Denham or take one of the
many commercial tours. Admire
the natural beauty on the World
Heritage Trail, take a quad bike
tour or hire a kayak and go wildlife
spotting. See the daily shark
feeding and learn more about the
marine life at the aquarium.
Check out the stromatolites –
the oldest living organisms – at
the pick of the waves. When a big
swell runs, the pros surf tubes large
enough to drive a car through. This
shallow reef break with powerful
waves should not be taken lightly.
Red Bluff, Dolphin’s Point, Turtles,
Centres, the Bombie and Fencies
are also popular, but should only be
attempted by experienced surfers.
Drift snorkelling at Gnaraloo Bay
and the coral gardens at Three Mile
Herald Bight (Photography M8 Photography).
Surfing a heavy swell at Gnaraloo
(Photography Simon McBeth).
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