Shark Bay is located at the most westerly point of Australia midway along the coast of Western Australia. The major population centre is Denham, a town of about 1000 people located in the centre of the bay and about 820km from the state capital of Perth.
Getting Here by Road
Most people visit Shark Bay by road. A major sealed road links the bay with the North West Coastal highway. The two main tourist centres of Denham and Monkey Mia are both accessible by sealed road. Distances and approximate driving times are:
|Perth to Denham||820km||10 hrs|
|Carnarvon to Denham||330km||3 1/2 hrs|
|Geraldton to Denham||420km||4 1/2 hrs|
|Denham to Monkey Mia||24km||20 min|
|Denham to Northwest Coastal Hwy||128km||1h 15 min|
Getting Here by Air
Skippers Aviation services the Monkey Mia airport several times weekly from either Perth or Geraldton. Connecting flights link Perth with all of Australia’s major capitals. Go to www.skippers.com.au for the current flight schedule.
The Monkey Mia airport is a 10 min drive from both Denham and Monkey Mia. Please note that it is recommended to book airport transfers to your accommodation ahead, as there are no taxis available at the airport.
FAQs about Driving in Shark Bay
Can 2WD vehicles visit all of Shark Bay’s tourist sites?
The main towns of Denham and Monkey Mia plus many of the World Heritage sites like the Stromatolites, Shell Beach, Little Lagoon and Eagle Bluff are all accessible by 2WD vehicle. You can also visit the Peron Homestead in Francois Peron National Park along an unsealed road with care, however access beyond this and further north into the park is by 4WD only. Steep Point and Dirk Hartog Island are 4WD destinations only.
What options are there for 4WDs?
4WD vehicles can access most of the tourist sites around the bay. Steep Point, Dirk Hartog Island and the northern beaches of Francois Peron National Park have long been favourite 4WD destinations for people willing to tackle the rough sandy tracks in search of remote camping and fishing spots. Remember that tyre pressure is paramount across Shark Bay. To save you from getting bogged, and for a far more comfortable ride, drop your tyre pressure to 20psi or lower when 4W driving. Carry a compressor or use those at service stations in Denham to reinflate.
What is the road to Steep Point like?
The 4WD road to Steep Point is rough and sandy for the last 25km into the point. You will need to be well prepared and let your tyre pressure down to around 20 psi to access this road. Visit the following page for more info: Steep Point & Edel Land.