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Remote travel

Shark Bay is in a remote part of Australia. Whilst the road into Denham and Monkey Mia is fully sealed and easy to travel, other areas in Shark Bay are far more remote. Travelling into these areas can be both a rewarding and a risky experience. The aridity of the area and high summer temperatures could mean a few hours stuck in a remote destination could turn into a catastrophe.

Wondering where you can take your 4WD or caravan in Shark Bay? Visit our driving FAQ’s to find out.

4WD trip preparedness

Four-wheel-drive destinations such as Dirk Hartog Island, the northern part of Francois Peron National Park and Steep Point all have the potential to become dangerous destinations for the unprepared. Please read the information sheet about four wheel driving in Shark Bay.

Remember these key considerations when visiting Shark Bay:

  • Tyre pressure is a key factor. Dropping your tyre pressure will prevent you from getting bogged, give a smoother ride and help protect the tracks. Know your vehicle and the best tyre pressure for sand driving before you go.
  • Facilities are limited across Shark Bay and there is virtually no water except in the main tourist areas of Denham and Monkey Mia. Take all your own supplies with you.
  • The remoteness of many sites means that you will need recovery equipment, sufficient spares and a good communication system.

Visit our 4WDing page for all the important information.

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Download a checklist of equipment for a 4WD trip to Shark Bay here.

Walking in arid climates

Shark Bay’s lack of available water and often hot climate mean hiking is not high on most people’s agenda. Each of the bay’s walking tracks at Skipjack Point, Monkey Mia and along the boardwalks at Eagle Bluff and Hamelin Pool, are less than 2km long.

If you're considering heading off the beaten track on a longer hike, look up our contacts and discuss your plans with us to find out about local conditions and whether you will need a permit. It is imperative that you and your walking party are well-prepared.

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Boating Safety

Shark Bay is an ideal location for boating and fishing. With such a large expanse of water and plenty of marine habitats it is no wonder that boating is one of the bay’s most popular pursuits.

Unlike other boating areas, Shark Bay has its own unique conditions that you will need to be aware of. Strong southerly winds are the norm in summer making boating conditions tricky. The shallow waters of the bay (most under 10 metres deep) make boating and especially sailing with keeled boats, a tricky undertaking. Sand banks have claimed many a sailing boat over the years. It is also wise to avoid the shallow seagrass banks because of the damage you can do to this sensitive habitat.

When preparing for your boating holiday ensure you have covered the following:

  • Plan your trip and inform someone of all your trip details
  • Take all the necessary safety equipment
  • Ensure you have the appropriate communication equipment
  • Know the local rules and regulations
  • Be informed on the weather conditions

For all the details on boating safety visit the state governments’ recreational boating pages.