Holidays in Shark Bay

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Shark Bay featuring general coastal views, a sunset and views

Swim with dolphins, hike red desert sands and visit Australia’s most westerly point at this World Heritage Site, home to diverse marine species and living fossils.

Shark Bay’s extraordinary natural beauty encompasses hundreds of kilometres of coastline, limestone cliffs, white-sand beaches and desert landscapes. Home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna, it’s where you can see whales, dolphins, turtles and some of the oldest living fossils on the planet. Go on scenic drives and bushwalks and explore marine depths.

A good way to experience the bay’s scenic splendour is to take the World Heritage Drive, a 130-kilometre (81-mile) route that starts at Overlander Roadhouse. It passes numerous scenic attractions on its way to the town of Monkey Mia.

Among the drive's most fascinating sights are the stromatolites at the Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve. These are rock-like structures built by microbes, similar to the first life forms on Earth. Stop by Shell Beach, a stretch of coast covered with millions of shells.

At Monkey Mia, swim with the bottlenose dolphins. A small population also comes close to the shore on most days. Other wildlife in Shark Bay includes loggerhead turtles, manta rays and humpback whales.

Drive to the nearby town of Denham, Shark Bay’s main population hub. Go to the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre for exhibitions about the region's ecosystems and indigenous cultures.

Explore Shark Bay’s waters on a boat trip, snorkelling or diving expedition. The bay features vast areas of seagrasss, including Wooramel Seagrass Bank, the largest known meadow of seagrass in the world. For more natural phenomena, head to Point Quobba to see mighty bursts of water spray from the blowholes.

Hike or go on a four-wheel drive through the red desert sands of Francois Peron National Park and stay overnight in a campsite at Big Lagoon or Bottle Bay. One of the bay’s most popular places to pitch a tent is Steep Point, mainland Australia’s westernmost tip.

Reach Shark Bay by flying into its regional airport, which connects with Perth. Alternatively, take the 10-hour drive from the state capital. Get around by car to experience as much of Shark Bay's stunning scenic diversity and wildlife as possible.

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39 Cheap Hotels Near Shark Bay

Wildsights Villas
Wildsights Villas
3.5 out of 5
8 Durlacher Street, Denham, WA
The price is AU$149 per night from 11 Oct. to 11 Oct.
Situated near the beach, this villa is steps away from Shark Bay and Gordon Peters Park. Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) away.
4.1/5Very Good! (62 reviews)
"Modern, clean everything you need. Secure car parking right outside"

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2021

Wildsights Villas
RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
3.5 out of 5
Monkey Mia Road, Monkey Mia, WA
The price is AU$156 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Monkey Mia resort is within a 5-minute walk of Monkey Mia Reserve and Monkey Mia Beach. Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre ...
4/5Very Good! (592 reviews)
"Everything!"

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2021

RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
Heritage Resort Shark Bay
Heritage Resort Shark Bay
4 out of 5
73-75 Knight Terrace, Denham, WA
The price is AU$197 per night from 9 Oct. to 9 Oct.
Situated in Denham, this beach motel is steps away from Shark Bay and Gordon Peters Park. Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away.
4/5Very Good! (215 reviews)
"Great room size. Very comfortable bed. Excellent location in the centre of town."

Reviewed on 1 Jul. 2021

Heritage Resort Shark Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Shark Bay Hotel
Shark Bay Hotel
3 out of 5
43 Knight Tce, Denham, WA
The price is AU$108 per night from 20 Oct. to 20 Oct.
Shark Bay Hotel
RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
3.5 out of 5
Monkey Mia Road, Monkey Mia, WA
The price is AU$156 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
Heritage Resort Shark Bay
Heritage Resort Shark Bay
4 out of 5
73-75 Knight Terrace, Denham, WA
The price is AU$197 per night from 9 Oct. to 9 Oct.
Heritage Resort Shark Bay
Wildsights Villas
Wildsights Villas
3.5 out of 5
8 Durlacher Street, Denham, WA
The price is AU$149 per night from 11 Oct. to 11 Oct.
Wildsights Villas
Oceanside Village
Oceanside Village
3.5 out of 5
117 Knight Terrace, Denham, WA
Oceanside Village
beachside on the beach
beachside on the beach
19 knight terrace, Denham, WA
beachside on the beach
Denham Seaside Caravan Park
Denham Seaside Caravan Park
2 out of 5
1 Stella Rowley Drive, Denham, WA
Denham Seaside Caravan Park
Shark Bay Seafront Apartments
Shark Bay Seafront Apartments
3.5 out of 5
91 Knight Terrace, Denham, WA
The price is AU$168 per night from 13 Oct. to 13 Oct.
Shark Bay Seafront Apartments
On the Deck @ Shark Bay
On the Deck @ Shark Bay
3.5 out of 5
6 Oxenham Chase, Shark Bay, Denham, WA
On the Deck @ Shark Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.