With blue skies and sunshine almost every day of the year, Monkey Mia, approximately 850 kilometres north of Perth, is ideal for a leisurely getaway or exciting outback adventure.
One of only a few sites in the world to meet all four of the natural criteria for World Heritage listing, the enormous 2.2 million hectare Shark Bay World Heritage area is the place to go if you want to see marine life in spectacular abundance.
Monkey Mia Reserve is located on the eastern shore of Peron Peninsula in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. Of all Shark Bay’s natural splendours, the remarkable dolphins of Monkey Mia are one of the most enchanting.
At Monkey Mia dolphins visit the beach to interact with visitors as they have done for more than forty years. You can stand knee-deep on the water’s edge and help to feed them under the supervision of park rangers. As the bottlenose dolphins are wild, numbers and the exact time of their visit varies. However they usually visit the shore up to three times a day and more frequently in the mornings. Stay close by at the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort. If you want to spend more time with the dolphins, you can volunteer to work with a dolphin conservation program called Project Eden.
The relaxed town of Denham is Australia’s most westerly town, and the gateway to Monkey Mia. Learn all about Shark Bay’s cultural heritage at the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre. Join a wildlife cruise to Dirk Hartog Island and see an array of other marine life including dolphins, dugongs, whales and turtles along the way. Hire a kayak and explore Monkey Mia’s still, calm waters.
Denham is a good base for visiting all the local attractions including nearby François Peron National Park. At Steep Point you can stand on the most westerly point of Australia, and see the magnificent Zuytdorp Cliffs that stretch for more than 150 kilometres along the coastline. Join a sightseeing cruise or take a scenic flight for a birds-eye view of the whole panorama.
Apart from water-based activities there are plenty of other attractions including swimming, four wheel drive trips, Aboriginal cultural tours, fishing charters, astronomy tours and camel rides which can be booked through the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort right on the beach or in Denham.
The wildflower trails of Australia's Coral Coast lead you through some of the Western Australia’s most breathtaking wildflower country. Blooms can be found all year round, but displays are at their best between July and November when inland areas are blanketed in the brilliant colours of thousands of varieties.
Carnarvon, approximately mid-way between Monkey Mia and Coral Bay is an ideal base for exploring Mount Augustus and the Kennedy Ranges to the east. For hikers, the Kennedy Range National Park is the ultimate wilderness experience camping beneath the stars beside the stark sandstone cliffs.
You can fly to Monkey Mia airport from Perth in two hours or drive there in a day.