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Denham - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located opposite the Dirk Hartog Island, on the western coastline of the Peron Peninsula, the town of Denham is Australia's most westerly town and the main settlement in the Shark Bay area.

The region was first discovered by the Dutch in 1616, when  the Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog came upon the islands in the region, making landfall at the island now named Dirk Hartog Island off the coast of Shark Bay. Other explorers were to arrive including the Flemish (Willem de Vlamingh), English (William Dampier) and French (Freycinet, Hamelin and Baudin) in the early 19th century, but it wasn't until the mid 19th century when the first pearls were found in Western Australia, discovered in Shark Bay in 1854 by Lieutenant Helpman. In 1858 Captain Henry Mangles Denham was to chart Shark Bay and the town was to be named after him.

With the nearby popular attraction of Monkey Mia just over 24 km away, Denham provides a great place to base yourself from which to enjoy the magnificent coastline and scenery of Shark Bay, the natural beauty of Francois Peron National Park, the flora and fauna, and the spectacular surrounding marine environment.

Denham has beaches where you can swim, a boat ramp, eateries and a range of accommodation options.

Check out our listing of Denham accommodation, Monkey Mia accommodation and Shark Bay accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre & Visitor Centre
29 Knight Terrace
Ph: 08 9948 1590


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Denham Attractions

Ocean Park Aquarium
• Shark Bay Rd, DENHAM WA 6537 • Ph: 08 9948 1765 • Email
• Ocean Park is an exciting eco-friendly and interactive aquarium that is located on the pristine shores of the Shark Bay World-Heritage Marine Park, and enables guests of all ages to see, touch and learn about many fascinating marine creatures that are found in this heritage listed area. Ocean Park is situated 8km south of Denham and approximately 30km from Monkey Mia on Shark Bay Road.
The Sandalwood Shop
• 71 Knight Terrace, DENHAM WA 6537 • Ph: 08 9948 1720 • Email
• Pop into our Denham showroom for 10 minutes and then spend an hour or more. Yes, that's the usual pattern and the reason is easy to see as soon as you step through our door.

The Sandalwood Shop is brim full of unique giftware and "one of a kind" collectibles which we manufacture right here on our premises. You'll find Pilbara jade, all kinds of pearl shell products, exquisite sea shells and many items of memorabilia. Sometimes we think that our showroom is more like a uniquely fascinating museum!
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Denham Tours

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Shark Bay Coaches & Tours
• DENHAM WA 6537 • Ph: 08 9948 1081 • Mobile: 0429 110 104 • Email • Prices available on-line.
• See the beauty of Shark Bay on this fabulous coach tour of Hamelin Pool, the Stromatolites, shark feeding at Ocean Park, Shell Beach, Denham town and more. Join us on an air-conditioned full day coach tour of the Shark Bay and Denham region. View many of its world famous landmarks and see why it became a World Heritage Area. Your tour includes high points such as: Ocean Park, Hamelin Pool, Shell Beach, Denham, The Stromatolites, Eagle Bluff, Shell Block Quarry.
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Denham Distance

Distance to Denham
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Denham:
• Carnarvon 329
• Coral Bay 556
• Exmouth 682
• Geraldton 408
• Kalbarri 374
• Monkey Mia 24
• Nanga 87
• Perth 846
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate map.
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