About Shark Bay

About Shark Bay

On the edge of the Australian continent, where the far western coast meets the sea, is the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. Covering an area of more than 2.2 million hectares, it is one of the world’s greatest wilderness treasures.
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Physical features

Shark Bay is actually two bays, formed by peninsulas lying side by side. Known as Gutharraguda ('two bays') by the Malgana Aboriginal people, the geographic shape of Shark Bay is one of its most distinguishing features.
Shark Bay is also a place of contrasting colours and textures, plants and animals, land and sea. Its combination of unique wildlife, rich flora and stunning scenery is unlike that found anywhere else. Discover this world-class environment.


In Shark Bay, species of cooler southern regions meet and mingle with those from the desert and the tropical north. This climatic variation is also an attraction for visitors, especially the hot summers, mild winters and refreshing sea breeze. Find out what the weather's like in Shark Bay today!

Population and economy

Shark Bay is larger than some European nations, but has a permanent population of just under 1,000 people. Most people earn their livelihood from their natural surroundings, working in tourism, fishing, pastoralism or conservation management. Meet the Shark Bay community here.