Shark Bay Wildlife Encounters

Shark Bay is not all it seems! It’s not just a bay but a huge area and encompasses Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve, Henry Freycinet Estuary, Dirk Hartog Island and Edel Land National Park (Steep Point). There’s lots of wide open spaces and only one town.  This little seaside mecca is Denham, and although a tiny little hamlet it’s a pretty little place.  The other destination is Monkey Mia which for a long time has been the main attraction only because they’ve fed dolphins here three times a day for over forty years.  They seem to have put a lot of effort into researching the dolphins and it’s a very popular place.  It’s made up of a resort etc and you have to pay to enter the carpark and walk on the beach but aside from that it’s also pretty bloody nice.  The best thing is that the dolphins actually hang around in the shallows and just off the beach so you don’t have to be there for the feeding times and you can still enjoy them.

Monkey Mia
Monkey Mia

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The view from the cafe, noice!! We could also watch the dolphins while we sat and chilled out.
The view from the cafe, noice!! We could also watch the dolphins while we sat and chilled out.
The dolphins only played with the fish but Mr Percival was  a bit more serious.
The dolphins only played with the fish but Mr Percival was a bit more serious.

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We went for a walk one morning in Denham and came across 5 emu’s (only got 4 in the photo!) having a bath in the shallows and I’m still in awe of this!  It’s just so amazing to see but apparently a common sight in this place!  It made my day and is another amazing memory from this trip.

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Outside the pub!!
Outside the pub, Australia’s most western hotel – apparently!!

 

Denham foreshore
Denham foreshore
Denham main street
Denham main street

 

The Pearler restaurant, bricks made from shells.
The Pearler restaurant, bricks made from shells.

 

The national park next to Denham is Francois Peron National Park and it’s also worth visiting. It has a one lane sandy track all the way to the top so it’s strictly 4wd – high clearance and has quite a few camping spots on the west coast.  The road is pretty hairy in spots but worth a visit. We went to the top to Cape Peron and had a fish there, Greg caught a small mackerel but it went back.  It had pretty amazing currents so was not a swimming spot!

 

Cape Peron
Cape Peron

 

My standard fishing shirt on "the trip"
My standard fishing shirt on “the trip”

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The dessert meets the sea, I just love the colours.
The dessert meets the sea, I just love the colours.
Thorny devil, they are tiny and so cute. They freeze when you go near them in the hope that you'll think they are a stick!
Thorny devil, they are tiny and so cute. They freeze when you go near them in the hope that you’ll think they are a stick!
Skipjack point, just beautiful.
Skipjack point, just beautiful.

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The road into the national park.
The road into the national park.

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Shell beach on the way into Denham, part of the Hamelin Pool Reserve.
Shell beach on the way into Denham, part of the Hamelin Pool Reserve.

 

A sign in the caravan park at Denham.
A sign in the caravan park at Denham.
The fish cleaning area at the caravan park!
The fish cleaning area at the caravan park!

 

Steep Point was so amazing it’s deserving of it’s own post so watch this space!


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