Actually, there are more than 9 places to see in Shark Bay. I chose 9 because we only had 3 days in this area and these were things we could do without exhausting ourselves from driving.
Well known for their dolphins, Monkey Mia is on the opposite side of Denham and is fairly isolated. It is a huge tourist card, and as a result accommodation in this neck of the woods can make any budget cry and quit. However, there are other means of accommodation which means one can still visit Monkey Mia on a Day Pass.
Found just outside of Denham, this place offers a great swim spot. It has toilets and a picnic area. However, please be WARNED, stone fish are found in this Lagoon and mostly by the river entrance. Unfortunately, a little boy stood on a Stone Fish in the very area I mentioned and if it was not for the quick action of his mother, the end result could have been fatal.
First Aid for Stone Fish poison: If you step on a stone fish, place your foot in hot water as soon as possible. The water must be as hot as possible but not necessary boiling. Call Emergency immediately. There is an emergency crew in Denham and they are well prepared for this type of trauma.
Denham offers a ranger of opportunities, outside of accommodation and food. It also has an amazing jetty where kids can swim, the water is very shallow for quite a fair distance out, and it offers spectacular sunsets and rises. Basically, Denham is your closest option to stocking up on necessary things.
I LOVE Eagle Bluff. The view is spectacular. On the day we visited, we were able to see 5 hammerheads, 1 turtle and a heap of rays. Of course, it can be windy, which we experienced. This makes it very hard to take photos. However, I have been here over 3 times and every time it has been better then the previous time.
I remember the first time I visited this place. The family spent some time in the natural hot spa while I investigated the sheep farm which has a lot of artifacts in it. [I will be writing about this in a another article]
The Homestead itself, is in the perfect location. On a cloudless night, one can see the Milky Way and every star/planet (almost). Unfortunately, on our visit, we experienced Thunderstorms – a rare occurrence in this area – and luckily for me I was able to capture that on camera.
On a perfect day, one can capture the most amazing photo. However, I seemed to have visited this beach on two days which did not allow me to take a photo that really shows its raw & amazing beauty.
The water, itself, is shallow. I recommend that you wear swim shoes because you can cut your feet on the shells. Of course, some members in our adventure group did not head to this advise and ended up paying the price!
Ocean Park Aquarium
I love Ocean Park and they use the full natural resources towards running this facility. From rainwater tanks to solar panels – this is one of the most eco-friendly places I have ever seen.
Outside of the amazing tour you can take and learn about marine life in the area, the part I enjoy the most is sitting on the patio, drinking an amazing cup of coffee, and looking at the view. This place is well worth the visit.
Peron National Park
I was so happy to have had the opportunity to travel the full circle at the park. We stopped at almost every detour to explore, swim and take photos.
The contrast in colors was outstanding, and I am sure that any novice photographer would be able to take a ‘million dollar’ photo. Water was shallow enough to walk and swim in. It is well worth the investment if you decided to do a tour in this area.
This is not on any visitor’s brochure but it is a place I really enjoy visiting. We found this place by accident, as there are no signs on the main road saying “Thong Shack”.
However, to find this place one needs to take the Denham Look Out “road” that is just outside of Denham.
Of course, there are many more things to see like Steep Point and Stromalites. However, I considered how far they are from Denham, and felt these areas would need a whole article dedicated entirely to them.
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