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