Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre

A rich and fascination cultural and natural heritage revealed

Few places in Australia could boast the rich and fascinating cultural and natural heritage of Shark Bay. This stunningly beautiful and remote peninsula boasts more than 30,000 years of Indigenous history, was an important site in early French, Dutch and British exploration and is now classified as a World Heritage Area in recognition of its natural wonders. Such history is revealed at the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre. This modern museum and interpretive centre takes visitors on a journey of discovery, with interactive displays, striking photography and remarkable historical artefacts.


53 Knight Tce
Denham WA 6537

Opening Hours
Mon to Fri 9am - 4.30pm; weekend hours vary seasonally
Tiny shells make solid houses

The still and hypersaline waters of Shark Bay’s Shell Beach provide just the right environment for these tiny white shells from the fragum cockle to thrive. Trillions of these tiny shells line the...

Fashionistas’ finery

Such finery was the attire of choice for fashionistas of the 16th and early 17 centuries. Men, women and children donned ‘ruffs’ such as this one upon their necks - the thickness and detail of the...

Project Eden

Bilbies are among those creatures brought back from the brink of extinction thanks to one of the Western Australian Government’s most ambitious nature conservation projects - Project Eden. As part of...

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Historical homestead and gardens

The 19th-century homestead of Greenough’s notable Maley family stands amid sprawling cottage gardens and is today the Greenough Museum and Gardens. The museum showcases life in the early days of the...

Heaven for vintage farm machinery enthusiasts

Farm machinery and vintage motors enthusiasts will find themselves in heaven at the Chapman Valley Historical Society Heritage Centre. This massive and lovingly tended collection features trucks...

Old prison protects pioneering history

Wander through the old police house and court rooms which today house the vast Irwin Districts Historical Society collection and you can almost hear the click of chains which once bound prisoners here...

Tiny museum provides glimpse into pastoral and mining past

This tiny museum is housed in the old Upper Gascoyne Road Board building, constructed in 1912. It features a collection which provides a glimpse into the region’s colourful pastoral, mining and...

While you're in the area

Dolphins of Monkey Mia
Dolphins of Monkey Mia
The Dolphins of Monkey Mia in the Shark Bay World Heritage area are famous...
Monkey Mia, via, Denham, WA 6537
Little Lagoon
Little Lagoon
Denham’s Little Lagoon is a magnificent stretch of calm water ideal for...
Monkey Mia Road, Denham, WA 6537
Ocean Park Aquarium
Ocean Park Aquarium
Ocean Park Aquarium is an award-winning, eco-friendly aquarium located on...
1 Ocean Park Road, Shark Bay, WA 6537
Peron Homestead
Peron Homestead
Peron Homestead was a working pastoral station in the early 1900s. This...
Peron Homestead, via Peron Road, Francois Peron National Park, WA 6537