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Shark Bay

Australia Travel Guide

Practical information about Shark Bay

  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Unesco World Heritage
  • Essential
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
10 minutes by car from Monkey Mia Airport.
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Shark Bay

Lisa Gaillard Travel writer
49 travel articles

Shark Bay is a marine park registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This sheltered bay is open to sharks, dolphins, dugongs and other endangered species. A paradise on earth for observing unexpected nature.

My suggestion:
Discover some of the oldest forms of life on earth: the stromatolites at Hamelin Pool. Go there at low tide, to see them better. Escape to Shell Beach and walk along to the Eagle Bluff viewpoint.
Summary:

Stop in places which are worth a look at, but don't hesitate to go beyond the beaten track, as this park is overflowing with beauty, which needs to be observed. You need at least two days to make the most of this region.

Shark Bay is just simply magical, if you like adventure trips and discovering nature. I went to see a natural site which I didn't know existed: at Shell Beach, I though that I saw an immaculate white sand beach. But, when I looked a bit closer, it wasn't sand, but shells, only shells, which make this coastline so unique.

Then, at Hamelin Pool, I could admire, from a wooden platform, the stromatolites: bio-sediments results from the evolution of bacteria over 2 billion years, which contributed to the appearance of life on earth, rejecting the oxygen in the atmosphere.

Finally, at Eagle Bluff, I was able to appreciate the view: red cliffs and turquoise water.