Shark Bay’s World Heritage area has come of age. It is 21 years since this 2.2 million hectares of land and sea became the first area in Australia to join the UNESCO World Heritage list.
It satisfied all of the four natural criteria for that listing – natural beauty, biological diversity, ecological processes and Earth’s history.
Shark Bay World Heritage Area includes the stromatolites (original producers of oxygen) of Hamelin Pool, Shell Beach (120km long and some 10m deep in cockle shells), Francois Peron National Park and endemic species of flora and fauna. Shark Bay Marine Park has 1500km of coastline and is home to more than 320 species of marine life, including manta rays, whales and turtles.
“Its vast seagrass meadows support about 10 per cent of the world’s dugong population.”
So if you haven’t been to Shark Bay, what better time than now, when you can come and celebrate 21 years of World Heritage Listing and have the pleasure of visiting one of the most unique places on Planet Earth.