Denham – Shark Bay

Denham is the only town for the Shire of Shark Bay in Western Australia. Denham has a population of around 700. Denham is the most westerly town in Australia.

The Denham area was the first part of the Australian mainland discovered by European sailors. On 25 October 1616, Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog and crew came unexpectedly upon “various islands, which were, however, found uninhabited.” He made landfall at an island now called Dirk Hartog Island off the coast of Shark Bay. Hartog spent three days examining the coast and nearby islands.

Denham is in the World Heritage listed area of Shark Bay and is an awesome place to have a holiday. It has a relaxed feel, very safe. There is a lot to do here with Steep Point, Dirk Hartog Island, Francois Peron National Park and Monkey Mia all close by.


A comprehensive range of facilities are available in Denham including:

  • Accommodation – motel rooms, units, cabins, self-contained accommodation, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks, backpackers and campgrounds
  • Shops – including food outlets, newsagent, chemist, souvenir shops and car hire.
  • Service stations and mechanics
  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Tour  – fishing charters, 4WD and scenic tours and flights
  • Airport – 10min drive from town
  • Post Office
  • Department of Environment and Conservation office
  • Shire of Shark Bay office
  • Department of Fisheries office
  • Boat ramps
  • Jetties


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