Top 7 attractions -Shark Bay WA

1. Ocean Park Shark Bay

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Shark Feeding

2. Monkey Mia

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Dolphin Feeding

3. Little Lagoon

  • 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
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Little Lagoon

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.
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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
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Eagle Bluff Platform

6. Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre

  • 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.
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Hamelin Pool Stromatolites

Shark Bay Western Australia

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

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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

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.  

 

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Shark Bay World Heritage Drive

Kalbarri Kids Top 10 kids activities

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

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Taming The Waves

Top 10 Kid Friendly Activities in Kalbarri – Western Australia

1. Kalbarri SandBoarding

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Kalbarri Sandboarding

2. Jetty Fishing

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Sunset Fishing

3. Kalbarri Pirate Park and Amusements

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

5. The Rainbow Jungle

  • 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)

6. Gorge Walking along the Murchison River

  • 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.
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Kalbarri Gorge Walking

7. Kalbarri Safari Tours

  • Bookings: [08] 9937 1011
  • Website: www.kalbarrisafaritours.com.au
  • Travel along isolated gorges, through wilderness and enjoy a 4WD and canoe adventure

8. Seahorse Sanctuary

  • Fascinating window into the world of seahorse aquaculture
  • Open Tues-Sat 10am-4pm
  • Website: www.seahorsesanctuary.com.au
  • Bookings: [08] 9937 1124

9. Kalbarri Beach Resort

  • 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!
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Dancing Queen

10. Murchison House Station

  • 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

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Silver Bullet

Best Kid Friendly Restaurants

1. The Gorges Cafe 

  • Bookings: [08] 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 [08] 9937 1269
  • Tues-Sun (5pm till late)

3. The Black Rock Cafe 

  • ‘Best Surf’n'Turf’ in town
  • Bookings: [08] 9937 1062
  • 7 days a week from 7am till late

4. Jakes Family Restaurant

  • Bookings: [08] 9937 2222
  • Open 7 days (5pm to 9pm)
  • Located in the Grounds of the Kalbarri Beach Resort

 

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Kalbarri Kids