- Take a tour around the magnificent Ocean Park Shark Bay and discover why Shark Bay is home to some of the most dangerous marine life in the world!
2. Monkey Mia
- Relax in the tranquil environs of Monkey Mia
- Each morning for more than 40 years wild bottlenose dolphins have swum to the shallows of Monkey Mia. This rare and famous animal encounter is one of the world’s great wildlife experiences.
- Wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with these creatures and feed the dolphins at dawn
- Perfectly circular in shape, Little Lagoon was once a land-locked birrida (gypsum pan). This amazing waterway acts as a natural nursery fro many fish species.
- Great spot for fishing, swimming, canoeing and kite-boarding
4. Shell Beach
- Billions of tiny white ‘coquina bivalve‘ sea shells form a 60km long beach aptly named Shell Beach.
- The deposits are metres deep and extend out into the calm bay – it is great to walk out to sea through the clear waters.
- Several buildings in Denham and on surrounding stations were built from blocks of the compacted shells.
Shell Beach Western Australia
5. Eagle Bluff
- Eagle Bluff is one of the best places in Shark Bay to view marine life.
- The shallow waters of the Shark Bay Marine Park below the boardwalk are teeming with life including rays, turtles, sharks and the occasional dugong, especially in the summer months
Eagle Bluff Platform
- Essentially a one-stop informative display covering all of Shark Bay’s natural and cultural features
- Exhibits include some of the very interesting and colourful stories of the residents of Shark Bay; interviews with scientists and CALM officers; a timeline dating back from 1616 to the present, displaying an old map that Captain Dirk Hartog and William Dampier illustrated while on voyage around our bays; and artefacts from the Zuytdorp ship wreck lost in 1712.
7. Hamelin Pool Stromatolites
- Shark Bay is one of only two places in the world where living marine stromatolites exist.
- Stromatolites are living fossils contain microbes similar to those found in 3,500 million year old rocks – the earliest record of life on earth. As such, the stromatolites provide a record of local environmental changes.
Hamelin Pool Stromatolites
Shark Bay, Western Australia lies 400km North of Kalbarri and 850km North of Perth on the Coral Coast of Western Australia. It is a World Heritage Area and an amazing place to visit with so much to see and do…
Shark Bay Western Australia
The many bays, inlets and islands in the Shark Bay region support a profusion of aquatic life. Communities of corals, sponges and other invertebrates, together with a unique mix of tropical and temperate fish species, have also formed in some areas. The wide intertidal flats on the shores of Shark Bay support a unique community of burrowing molluscs, hermit crabs and other invertebrates.
Shark Bay World Heritage Area is host to an amazing array of marine life, flora and fauna including
- Scorpionfish, Stonefish, Lionfish…
- Greater Bilby (Macrotis lagotis)
- Shark Bay Mouse (Pseudomys fieldi)
- Thorny Devil (Moloch horridus)
- Western Barred Bandicoot (Parameles bougainville bougainville)
- Shark Bay Boodie (Bettongia lesueur lesueur)
- Bottlenose Dolphin
- Green Turtle
- Tiger Sharks
There are loads of great exploratory activities for the kids and adults alike. My top 7 list of things to do in the Shark Bay Region are all on the Shark Bay World Heritage Drive.
Shark Bay World Heritage Drive
Kalbarri is a great place to relax, explore and exhaust the kids! The Kalbarri visitor Centre has great information on all the events, tours and activities in and around Kalbarri – but these are my top 10 ‘kid friendly’ activities
Taming The Waves
Top 10 Kid Friendly Activities in Kalbarri – Western Australia
- Bookings:  9937 2377
- Website: www.sandboardingaustralia.com.au
- Fantastic day out to the secret harbour of Luck Bay. Practice your sandboarding skills and then take on the ‘Superbowl’ – a 280ft high sand crater!
- Fantastic river fishing for the kids in magnificent scenery – easy to catch and easy to throw back!
- Great bonding experience!
- Jetty fishing at Sunrise
- Jetty Fishing at Sunset
- Best place to exhaust the kids!
- Trampolines, 11m high ‘spider’ climbing frame, crazy golf, amusement arcade all with a pirate them
- Website: www.kalbarripirate.com
4. Pelican Feeding
- Each morning at 08:45am
- Head to the grassed area between the river mouth and the visitor centre to hear about the local pelican population and feed the pelicans
- The largest parrot free flight aviary in the country, with the biggest flock of Purple Crowned Lorikeets in the world and other brightly coloured Australian parrots.
- Cinema Parrotiso - outdoor cinema with a snack bar, wood fired Pizza and soon to be included… a licensed bar
- Website: www.rainbowjunglekalbarri.com
- Open 7 days a week (Mon-Sat 9am-5pm and Sun 10am-5pm)
- The Murchison River runs through rugged gorge terrain in the Kalbarri National Park.
- Short walks provide easy access to lookouts along the river gorge at the Loop, Z-bend, Hawk’s Head and Ross Graham Lookout.
Kalbarri Gorge Walking
7. Kalbarri Safari Tours
- Bookings:  9937 1011
- Website: www.kalbarrisafaritours.com.au
- Travel along isolated gorges, through wilderness and enjoy a 4WD and canoe adventure
- Fascinating window into the world of seahorse aquaculture
- Open Tues-Sat 10am-4pm
- Website: www.seahorsesanctuary.com.au
- Bookings:  9937 1124
- 25m ‘tri-level’ solar heated pool with 3 spa baths and poolside BBQ
- Volleyball, basketball and tennis courts
- Games Room and free inhouse movies
- Fully enclosed and gated resort – very child friendly!
- Historic Property and working cattle farm 10km outside Kalbarri
- One of the oldest and largest pastoral stations in Western Australia – settled in 1848 by Charles Von Bibra
Best Kid Friendly Restaurants
1. The Gorges Cafe
- Bookings:  9937 1200
- Mon-Fri (8am to 4pm) and Sat-Sun (8am to 2pm)
2. Kalbarri Pizza and Pasta [
- 'Best chilli crab in town'
- Phone Orders  9937 1269
- Tues-Sun (5pm till late)
- ‘Best Surf’n’Turf’ in town
- Bookings:  9937 1062
- 7 days a week from 7am till late
4. Jakes Family Restaurant
- Bookings:  9937 2222
- Open 7 days (5pm to 9pm)
- Located in the Grounds of the Kalbarri Beach Resort