Backpacking Denham

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    EXPLORE THE SPECTACULAR FRANCOIS PERON NATIONAL PARK: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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    CHECK OUT SHELL BEACH, FORMED FROM BILLIONS OF TINY SHELLS: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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    HAND FEED WILD BOTTLE NOSED DOLPHINS AT NEARBY MONKEY MIA: Photo courtesy of Tourism Western Australia
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Denham Highlights

  • Explore Francois Peron National Park, which is known for its impressive acacia cloaked red dunes and arid shrubland, all surrounded by turquoise ocean waters.

  • Hand feed the local wild bottle-nosed dolphins at nearby Monkey Mia.

  • Shark Bay Marine Park is an awesome place to see, and interact with various large marine animals, such as turtles, dugongs, sharks and the famous Monkey Mia dolphins.

  • Hamelin Pool (located about 105km from Denham) is home to the most diverse and abundant examples of living marine stromatolites, or "living fossils", in the world.

  • Visit remote Dirk Hartog Island, which has some excellent fishing and you may see some amazing marine life swimming in the waters around the island including pods of bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales, manta rays, dugong and turtles.

  • Head to Ocean Park to see sharks, turtles, sea snakes, pink snapper and stonefish up close and personal.

  • See breathtaking views out across the water, particularly at sunset at Eagle Bluff.

  • Explore stunning Shark Bay by sea kayak.

  • Check out Shell Beach (conservation park). This unique beach, which is formed from billions of tiny shells is one of only two in the world that shares similar characteristics.

About Denham

Population 500

Situated on Shark Bay, a World Heritage listed area, this tiny town has the distinction of being the westernmost town in Australia. Denham originally started as a pearling port, but now relies more on prawning and tourism as its means of support.

Just out of Denham is the Francois Peron National Park, which is known for its arid scenery and landlocked salt lakes.

Denham is also known as a place to stop to visit Monkey Mia, 26 kilometres away, where you can hand feed the local wild bottle-nosed dolphins.

Denham has been classified a World Heritage listed area because of the Hamelin Pool stromatolites, the enormous seagrass beds, spectacular scenery and significant natural habitats.

There is plenty to do and see here and definitely worth spending a few days.

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Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre

Knight Terrace
Denham, Western Australia
Phone (08) 9948 1590